In the spirit of Liberation:
A collective examination of how Race and Racism affects us all

A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living.
— Rudolf Steiner
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Diversity and Inclusion: Where to start?

Each year we come together to discuss pertinent topics affecting our work as EC teachers, navigating the changing landscapes of our children’s lives, working to be responsible and responsive to their needs all the while integrating this knowledge with the foundations Waldorf Education. In today’s social landscape, we are ever more pressed with looking at ourselves a little closer, to peel back our assumptions and habits to explore how our personal comfort may be contributing or perpetuating another’s discomfort.  How has race shaped our own lives, perhaps in ways we are not yet conscious of, and how is it informing our work with the children and families in our care? In our efforts to encourage  a sense of “belonging” are we checking our blindspots and engaging in conversation that allows this kind of inquiry?

In the Spirit of Liberation, we will use the groundwork of interconnectedness that anthroposophy offers us to expand our understanding of ourselves, in community.  We will start by examining how we are speaking to ourselves, and amongst ourselves. We will bravely engage with topics and learn language that will bring us closer together, while identifying our differences. Together we will become more equipped to stand in front of our children with the authenticity they ask us for. This is a lifelong journey.