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For Educators and Partners: 28 Day Antiracism Challenge

For Educators and Partners: 28 Day Antiracism Challenge

Ending racial injustice requires us to address racism at all levels of our society—individual, interpersonal, and institutional. This month-long challenge is designed to provide background and motivation for this critical, longterm work.

Each week, you have a curated collection of resources— articles, videos, podcasts and more—focused on a theme. Commit time every day to explore one or more of the resources. Use this Daily Checklist to keep track of which resources you are consuming. Take time to reflect. Keeping a journal is recommended; the work happens in quiet moments of self-reflection. Share your thoughts and hear from others in facilitated discussions. Take action by using the ideas below and other concrete steps.

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Keep Exploring, Keep Being, Keep Connecting

Keep Exploring – Keep Being / Keep Connecting
Students are invited to join Duke’s Summer 2020 experiential learning initiative called Keep Exploring – an effort initiated by the Provost’s Office to support Duke students this summer.
Keep Exploring is a two-part co-curricular program that connects experiential learning opportunities such as internships and apprenticeships with a series of workshops, trainings, and conversations focused on purpose, values, skill building, professional development, personal growth, and wellness. Undergraduates who complete certain requirements are eligible to receive a practice oriented education transcript designation for summer 2020.
Keep Being / Keep Connecting (the workshop and reflective conversation part of the larger Keep Exploring initiative) is a summer series of conversations, workshops, and trainings that are designed to provide grounding and professional development opportunities to students.
Our hope is to:
• Assist students in bridging their academic coursework/intellectual engagements with their experiential learning,
• Offer students instruction in particular skillsets and knowledge sets that will be useful to them during and beyond their summer experiences – skillsets such as grant writing, communications and presentation-making, career planning, management strategies.
• Provide space and time for students to reflect deeply with others on their summer experiences and to practice wellness behaviors such as mindfulness, development of positive/growth mindsets, and work-life balance.
Explore the workshops currently available and register through CareerConnectionsRegistration is now open. You will be prompted to log in with your Duke NetID. Once you are logged in, you can then search for events by series name: “Keep Exploring—Keep Being, Keep Connecting.” Please email keepexploring@duke.edu with any questions.
To sign up for the POE designation you will first need to decide if you can meet the four requirements below. To register for the POE, send an email expressing your interest to keepexploring@duke.edu
Keep Being, Keep Connecting POE requirements include:
1. Complete an experiential learning activity such as an internship, special project, volunteer placement, mentoring, shadowing, or work experience that involves substantial engagement over multiple weeks this summer.
2. Attend and participate proactively in one Human Beings, Human Doings Conversation. These initial orientation and reflection workshops are designed to elicit goals, purposes, and deeper thinking about summer contexts and activities. You can register for these conversations on CareerConnections; they will take place on Zoom from June 15-22.
3. Select at least four workshops of your choice from the over 30 workshops available on CareerConnections. The workshops focus on topics related to well-being, career/professional development, and community engagement. Students are encouraged to select workshops from different categories (well-being, career readiness, community engagement) to expand learning and enhance perspective taking.
4. Participate thoughtfully and intentionally in a final reflection session the week of July 27-31 and submit a final reflection paper of 5-7 pages that demonstrates critical thinking about the workshops attended, new learning, and connections to personal, academic, and professional goals. These final reflection sessions will be added to CareerConnections by mid-July.
The practice oriented education transcript designation (POE) is similar to that of Spring Breakthrough, Winter Forum, and DukeEngage. The Summer 2020 Keep Being, Keep Connecting POE designation is not designed for students enrolled full time in summer school or students who will be receiving a POE transcript designation for another summer program. All students, however, are welcome to participate in Keep Being, Keep Connecting workshops!
We invite you to get involved and keep exploring this summer.
The Keep Exploring – Keep Being, Keep Connecting Team
https://keepexploring.duke.edu/
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End Adultification Bias

Tutors: This short video is IMPORTANT in the work that we hope to do and our everyday interactions. “Black girls are often viewed as older than their peers. This video explains ‘adultification bias’ and highlights some of the stories discussed by Black women and girls during focus-group research conducted by the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty’s Initiative on Gender Justice and Opportunity.”

Here’s the full report and website.

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Civic Engagement Certificate

Attention Tutors:

As students participating in America Reads America Counts (ARAC), I wanted to let you know your service in the community can fulfill requirements in the Civic Engagement Social Change certificate. This experiential certificate provides students with the opportunity to carve a pathway in the classroom and in the community to deepen learning and to develop relevant skills to effect change in the world.

Requirements for the certificate include a gateway course, two electives offered across departments and disciplines and a capstone. Additionally, students complete two community-based experiences to build skills and develop a deeper understanding of issues and the organizations working to address them (ARAC counts toward these community-based experiences).

Please consider learning more about the certificate by emailing me (quynhchi.vo@duke.edu) or reaching out to Eric Mlyn. You can also apply to enroll in the certificate before the semester ends. We hope the certificate provides you with the pathway you need to continue to do good work well in the world.

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Uplifting Books for Young People

“Let these 2018 titles affirm, inspire and galvanize the young people in your life. “

Two rows of four books, "A Very Large Expanse of Sea, "Hurricane Child," "Girls Resist," "Go Show the World," "My So-Called Bollywood Life," "Drawn Together," The Poet X," "Memphis, Martin and the Mountaintop."

From L to R: “A Very Large Expanse of Sea” (HarperCollins), “Hurricane Child” (Scholastic), “Girls Resist!” (Quirk Books), “Go Show the World” (Penguin Random House), “My So-Called Bollywood Life” (Penguin Random House), “Drawn Together” (Disney-Hyperion)

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Bass Connection Opportunity: Bull City Community Schools

University-assisted Community Schools (2019-2020)

Community schools bring together academics, social services and youth development under one roof, leading to improved learning, stronger families and healthier communities. To support community schools, Durham Public Schools and its stakeholders address many challenges surrounding equitable school experiences and outcomes. To respond to these challenges, Bull City Community Schools Partnership was formed as a grassroots effort to transform schools.

This project aims to establish an equitable and sustaining partnership between Durham-based universities and Durham Public Schools. Establishing such a partnership requires universities to be active listeners, willing to learn from those currently and historically engaged in work surrounding public education.

Students can apply using our online application. Applications are due by February 15 at 5:00 p.m.

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