INTERSECTIONALITY AND WOMEN OF COLOR

  • As we close out March and Women’s History Month, it is important to acknowledge that women of color have unique experiences and marginalized identities. Over the years, women have overcome inequities on their quest for social justice within our community and the workplace. As we continue to learn, reflect, and act on racial and gender equity, it is essential to bring an awareness as it relates to intersectionality of women and the experiences and multiple challenges they face. Just this month we tragically witnessed the intersectionality of race and gender in a mass shooting in Atlanta targeting Asian women.

    Intersectionality, a term coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, a critical race theorist, includes multiple forms of discrimination, such as class, culture, ethnicity, gender, race, sexual orientation, that unite or intersect marginalized individuals such as women of color. As a result, these overlapping social identities serve as a reminder that women of color have more than one single identity and may experience several forms of discrimination. As an example, a Black woman may face discrimination because of her race, ethnicity, and gender.

     


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    REFLECT AND TAKE ACTION

    Questions to Consider for Self-Reflection:

    • How will I examine my own attitudes and biases about intersections of social identities facing women?
    • As a leader, what strategies will I implement to mitigate social injustices in the workplace for women impacted by overlapping social identities?
    • As an organization, how will you create safe places for employees to have dialogues about intersectionality and its impact on women in the workplace?

    Local Ways to Get Involved:

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Celebrating Black History Month

  • Black History Month is an annual celebration held for the entire month of February and it recognizes Black people for their extraordinary achievements and their significant roles in the history of the United States. During Black History Month, we reflect on what it means to be an African American, remember the good works of our Black activists and trailblazers, who fought for social justice. This month, we encourage you to think of ways to honor the significant works of Black people by supporting black-owned businesses, reading African American literature, becoming a mentor, volunteering your services, or visiting local museums in honor of Black History Month.


    REFLECT AND TAKE ACTION

    Questions to Consider for Self-Reflection:

    • What does Black History Month mean to you? 
    • How will you celebrate Black History Month?
    • What actions will you take to support equity for Black community members?

    Local Ways to Get Involved:

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Daily Challenges

  • FINAL REFLECTIONS AND RESOURCES

    Thank you, again, for taking part in the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge. Thank you, also, to the Racial Equity Challenge Partners for your active participation and the Challenge Planning Committee members for your contributions to this collective effort.

    We hope that this experience was valuable in helping to develop a deeper understanding of race, equity, and our collective role in improving our community. This is the final email of this year's Challenge - if you haven't already please register for the closing event on December 3 in the link below, and check out the resources below.


     

    Share Your Experiences:

    Please consider writing down key learnings and goals you have for moving forward. If you have not already, please share your goals and experiences within your networks, on social media (use #ROCEquity to collaborate with others), and in the post-challenge survey.

    TAKE THE SURVEY HERE


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    21 Day Racial Equity Challenge Wrap Up


    Resources for Continuous Learning

    You can find each of the 21 Days of the Racial Equity Challenge here to refer back to and share with others. Here are some additional resources to continue to educate and advocate for equity:

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    We all have a role in advancing equity in our community.
    Thank you for being a part of this important work.


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  • November 20 - Day 21: COMMITTED TO EQUITY

    Thank you for being a part of the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge. Our community has participated in a big way, showing that we are committed to the change that starts from within and reaches through our families, friend groups, professional networks, organizations, and community-wide actions.

    You are one of more than 110,000 people (and nearly 470 organizations) who participated in our local Racial Equity Challenge. As you know, it does not—and cannot—stop here. While this Challenge has helped to develop a deeper understanding of race, equity, and our collective role in improving our community, what we each choose to do next will define “success”.

    Rather than providing content for our final day, we are instead sharing questions for reflection, discussion, and action moving forward.

    Listen. Read. Process. Support. Talk. Act. GROW.
    Thank you, again, for your commitment to equity.


    REFLECT AND TAKE ACTION

    Questions to Consider for Self-Reflection:

    1. What were some of my assumptions about race and racial inequity before I started this Challenge? 
    2. In what ways have these assumptions been challenged? In what ways have they been reinforced?
    3. What are my identities and in what ways have my identities impacted my life? Have any of my identities provided me privilege or been a source of discrimination in certain environments?
    4. Where have I seen evidence of inequities and systemic and structural racism in my community?
    5. How can I talk to my family, friends, and colleagues about what I have experienced and learned during this Challenge?
    6. What changes or actions can I take to advance equity in my home, workplace, and community?


    Share What You Learned:

    Please continue this learning and dialogue with your family, friends, and networks. Register for the wrap-up session to participate in a final reflection, and please take the survey to share your thoughts and experiences.

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    Take the Post-Challenge Survey

     

     

    21 Day Racial Equity Challenge Wrap Up


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United Way 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge

  • Join Superintendent Pero and PCSD employees by participating in Greater Rochester’s 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge with the United Way from October 23-November 20! As part of the 21-Day Equity Challenge, PCSD will be participating with more than 60,000 community members and 200 organizations in the Greater Rochester Area who are seeking to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community.

    From October 23-November 20, links to articles, videos, podcasts, and reflections from the 21-Day Equity Challenge will be posted here. This self-directed learning opportunity has a daily commitment of only 10-15 minutes a day. Daily topics include Understanding Bias, Levels of Racism, Housing Inequities, Building a Race Equity Culture and many more. You may access this material starting Friday, October 23 here on this page.

    As a District, we share the goal of the United Way and the 21-Day Equity Challenge to “confront racism, bias and other social injustices to create a just and equitable community for all.” PCSD has been a long-standing partner with the United Way, and over the last five years, Pittsford Schools’ employees have donated more than $150,000 to support the United Way.

    We hope you’ll join the District and the United Way in this important work towards building greater understanding and equity in our schools and communities.

United Way 21 Equity Challenge

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