Examining Privilege through Different Lenses
This year’s Bias Awareness Day occurred during National No Name Calling Week (January 24-28). Every other year Marymount takes the opportunity to encourage students (and adults!) to uncover unconscious bias in attitudes and actions in an effort to make positive change in our classrooms, school, community, and world. The guiding principle of the day was “Exploring Privilege Through Different Lenses.”
Activities took place in all three divisions on January 26–assemblies for Early Childhood and Lower School, workshops in Middle School, and an all-day event in Upper School (including an assembly, student-led workshops and activities, and a screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell). The Upper School day began with the question: What is privilege and how do we talk about it? In addition, Sr. Clevie persuaded students from Classes VIII-XII to “see things from more than one pair of eyes.” Before a full day of exploration, introspection, and conversation, students were given guidelines about how to have productive conversations about conflicts.
Early Childhood and Lower School faculty held special assemblies and students participated in class activities related to uncovering the role that privilege plays in daily life. By extension, Middle School students assembled by grade level to delve into similar questions. These events allowed the community to take the opportunity to be intentional about the change we wish to see in the world and to take seriously the charge of the RSHM: to awaken a consciousness of social justice.