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HASP webinar series: From Self to Student: Using the Lens of Systemic Oppression to Develop Anti-Racist Advocacy Skills

  • 21 Jul 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • ZOOM


  • Includes free CPDs. Must be logged into your account.
  • Does NOT include CPDs

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Session Description

This session will use the metaphor of a lens (how we perceive an experience and make meaning of it) to frame our collective reflections and conversations about how systemic oppression shows up within ourselves and the educational institutions where we serve students and families. The session is intended to be a starting point in answering the question, “How can I build my practice as a leader for equity starting with who I am and and how I understand my own experiences around oppression?” Topics will include: power differentials, positionality, and inequalities in Hawai’i’s education systems. Participants should be prepared to reflect on inquiry questions in a journal (digital or hard copy) and discuss oppression and bias from the “I” perspective. In addition to contextualizing the language of oppression through self-inquiry and reflection, participants will leave with a “starter language toolkit” and resources that will enable learning to continue beyond the boundaries of the session.

Session Objectives

  1. Participants will learn common vocabulary for how to talk about systemic oppression in their personal and professional lives.

  2. Participants will engage in self-inquiry and reflection while discussing how oppression and bias shows up for them.

  3. Participants will review resources from BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) as a way to center their voices and honor their lineage of knowledge as an integral part of our equity work.

Session Resources

Lens of Systemic Oppression - National Equity Project

Dr. Alyson Kaneshiro is a middle school learning specialist and SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Facilitator at Redwood Day School in Oakland, California. In her role as a learning specialist, she works to create accessible and equitable education for students with disabilities in the independent school space. As a SEED facilitator, Alyson leads monthly seminars with educators to create space for intentionally structured conversations about systems of oppression and privilege. Prior to these appointments, she taught as an adjunct professor in the Master of Arts Special Education Program at the University of San Francisco, California while also working as a learning specialist at San Francisco Day School. Alyson also worked in the Hawai’i Department of Education for twelve years as a Student Services Coordinator and special education inclusion teacher at Pearl Ridge Elementary in Aiea, Hawai’i. Her professional interests include equity focused educational practice, action-oriented social justice in schools, and creating inclusive systems of support for students with disabilities. Alyson holds an EdD in Professional Practice from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and an MA from National University. Born and raised in Kona, Hawai’i, she credits her family and Big Island community for creating a culture of compassion and care that informs her worldview and commitment to loving accountability in doing equity and justice work in educational spaces across the country.

*Note: Each participant is required to register on their own. For CPD participants, in order to receive CPDs you must have your video on and be present during the presentation. Please make sure your internet options will allow for this. Members earn free CPDs for all events. CPDs are not available to non members. Registration will occur 8:30-9 with the session starting promptly at 9am. 

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