E9 Episode Nine Racial Fatigue & Self-preservation
By Episode 9, Chanti and Caroline experience fatigue as women of color, as does teacher Jessica Stovall as she continues to engage the administration in piloting an equity program that benefits all faculty and students. Both students of color like Tiara and white students like Brendan continue to spiral from emotional and physical fatigue as they navigate their experience at Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRFHS).
Organizing a Group Discussion?
Be prepared! Before you start, read the Organizer Guide and the full Episode Guide, including resource links at the bottom.OPEN THE ORGANIZER GUIDE
What are the barriers that the people of color at OPRFHS are facing? Who and what in the system are creating those barriers? Why are people of color most impacted?
What is the impact of race on white students vs. students of color as they navigate OPRF?
What moments of fatigue do you see play out with the adults and students?
These can be group or individual activities. Organizers - encourage participants to share their findings with the whole group.
Faculty Protection Policy (30 min.)
Write a fictional policy that would protect, support, and empower teachers like Tyrone and OPRFHS’s special education teachers, Anthony and Michael. How could you help to create an actual policy like that for your school or institution?
Racial Equity Policy (1 hour)
Research if your school, institution, or community has a racial equity policy. If it has one, what is it? If not, what steps could you take to get the conversation going?