What People Are Saying:
Kimberly Art Instructor HMS
Amy! We are lucky to have you. I like your open, easy, straightforward manner. You keep it real. There is little pretense. I felt comfortable and want to participate and learn more.
I thought that most of the content for the day was spot on. I especially appreciated the pyramid of bias. What would it look like for us a school to create a pyramid of inclusion- intentionally, in a grass roots way? So that we can acknowledge and track what we are doing to counter our own specific biases/ institutionalized racism/ actions/ words of ignorance and hate
Hannah Teacher HMS
First off, Amy White is absolutely brilliant. I could listen to her enlighten the world to important issues daily. Her compassion is palpable and that’s exactly what the world needs more of right now.
I also liked the focus on that it’s not enough to just ‘not be racist’ but that we need to be, and need to teach our children to be, anti-racist.
I also really enjoyed Richard’s talk about his experiences with his son and the racism they have encountered. I think his perspective is unique and it’s important that he is heard. I was greatly moved listening to him.
Bridget Lead Teacher HMS
I loved the real-world examples, the insight provided from people of color, and the open, honest conversations about how to negotiate our own biases and experience to better serve ALL of our students with equity.
I also really appreciated the time given for us to confer in small groups and share ideas/reactions, as I feel more comfortable sharing in smaller group settings than in the larger group.
I appreciated hearing multiple perspectives and personal stories from all the presenters involved.
I enjoyed the warm-ups, the activities to connect with the group. I enjoyed the movement activities. It was a difficult, yet I felt included and listened to.
Thank you for the work you are doing. I appreciate the information and am putting everything I Have learned into practice. I am not perfect, but rather a work in progress.
I liked Amy's straight forward, matter-of-fact style of presenting and how she seemed genuinely open to all of out questions and comments. I have been in other anti-racism workshops where I have come away feeling shamed for being white. Amy's approach was altogether more positive and open.
Amy's presentation style and level of engagement with participants allows this work to feel accessible and workable. I personally felt connected to Amy and my colleagues.
[Amy] spoke up. She used her voice and experience to engage us and make us understand that we have to change if we want [People of Color] to accept out school and come here. It is an eye-opener that people have a voice but don't know how to use it.
Amy has been a great support in helping me expand and hone my diversity work this year with 2-4 year olds at Middle Way School. She supported my ideas and added some amazing suggestions that I’m excited to implement next year. It’s all about exposure at this age and Amy helped me find ways to increase and deepen the children’s growing awareness of the vital contributors to the culture we live in, and what it means to be in a community of inclusion and compassion.
Amy found the right balance between creating a safe space and challenging me. I was especially impressed with how she committed herself to understanding our school’s values and philosophy, which truly enriched the collaboration. The work wasn’t layered on top of what already existed, it is being woven intrinsically into the fabric of our school culture and curriculum. I use the present continuous tense because this work is never really finished.