E10 Episode Ten Collective Responsibility
In the final episode of America to Me, we witness the resilience of the students and teachers of Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRFHS) in their quest to find agency, racial identity validation, and community. Their stories demonstrate that individual steps towards equity are important, but it takes everyone working together to create long-lasting, systemic change. Transformation is a collective action that requires intentional commitment and involvement to make the necessary systemic changes. No one can opt out.
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
How much value does the school place on the achievement of students of color?
What were the disparities between the two award assemblies and how did those disparities show and reinforce inequities for students of color?
Where did you see the teachers taking co-ownership of their students of colors’ success?
These can be group or individual activities. Organizers - encourage participants to share their findings with the whole group.
Who Makes the Decisions? (1 hour+)
It’s critical for all institutions and communities to have people of color in decision-making roles, where everyone can collectively work together to address racial awareness, equity, and inclusion. Does a group like that exist in your school, institution, and/or community? If so, is there a role you could play within that group? If there isn’t such a group, are there people of color you can support to create that group?
Who Keeps the Data? (1 hour+)
Data is a powerful tool, but sometimes data around racial inequities is not collected, available, or shared with the people who seek to create equity. What kinds of data would be useful in dismantling the systemic barriers that people of color face in your school, institution, and community? Who are the keepers of that data in your spaces? Is that data accessible to you? If not, who is it accessible to?