This week in my ECS 210 lecture, Julie Machnaik shared her personal stories of working in Northern Canada alongside members of an Inuit community. Through her own lived experiences, she provided the class with a background on Inuit culture, possible tensions we may encounter when teaching in communities other than our own, and how to adapt and learn from these tensions to teach towards equity, social justice, and diversity. Although I found all of the stories and lessons she shared to be helpful and encouraging, what I found most profound was the passion that hung from her every word. The genuine joy and the deep impact these experiences have left on her was evident through the way she spoke. I admired that greatly.
With Julie’s passion as my inspiration, and the themes of equity, social justice, and diversity in mind, I would like to take the time to share a video with you that reflects one of my own greatest passions in life. The powerful messages that can be taken from this video will forever hold a special place in my heart. Enjoy!
Dear Future Mom
I dedicate my first post to a campaign I strongly and whole-heartedly believe in. Spread the Word to End the Word is an on-going initiative to eliminate the derogatory use of the R-word. This campaign highlights the negative connotation associated with the words “retard” and “retarded” and promotes acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I hope this video will urge you to take the pledge to stop using the R-word. Enjoy!
Here’s a link to the Spread the Word to End the Word website: http://www.r-word.org