Feedback from our clients:
“So many of my educational experiences - from my history classes as an adolescent to my Montessori teacher training as an adult - left me feeling that there was something missing, a part of myself that wasn't reflected in the content or the way it was taught.
Embracing Equity filled that hole, shedding light on a new way of learning that brought me relief, healing, and strength. The pedagogy centered truth, vulnerability, and community. I was given the gifts of words and language to articulate the discomfort I felt growing up as a woman of the global majority in a white world that didn't acknowledge its racism.
From the beautiful readings to the intimate discussions to the facilitators who modeled humility and power, Embracing Equity has been a game-changer in my life.
I began with Embracing Identity - looking inward to begin this journey - and as soon as I possibly could, enrolled in Embracing Disruption to better understand the systems that have socialized my identity development. Thank you, Embracing Equity, for the light & power you've brought to my life.“
“I have participated in diversity, equity, and inclusion development for over 20 years. Embracing Equity, by far, has been the most transformative work that I have completed. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn deeply.”
“I am embracing equity by continuing to recognize the ways in which structures and systems either elevate our children or deflect from them. I want to be seen as Pueblo/Indigenous people, and for people to recognize and respect what we want for our children. I am educating people about the Yazzie vs. New Mexico Public Education Department court ruling and the ways in which our children can be seen and educated in a system that allows them to be their whole Indigenous selves inclusive of our native language and everything embedded in it...That’s why I Embrace Equity and am part of this growing movement and community.”
“As a white person in Minneapolis who deeply believes in justice, I have struggled with the disconnect between the impersonal, passive, white activism I see around me every day (a BLM yard sign, online outrage directed into the ether) and the overwhelming oppression of People of the Global Majority in every corner of our city. I want to live my life in deep connection to the reality of racial oppression and resisting the pervasive white supremacy culture - even/especially when that's uncomfortable.
Embracing Equity helped me figure out where to begin, as I strive to be my best self, and has helped me find my voice as an anti-racist activist in a way that truly feels authentic to me. Not surprisingly, this work begins within, by developing a deep understanding of my white identity and how my positionality affects the ways I move in the world... and it spirals out from there into my relationships, my neighborhood, my community, and the institutions I interact with.
This work is personal, and I'm so grateful that Embracing Equity - the intimate learning community I have been a part of - has helped me more clearly see my role and my work, so that I can continue becoming the person I want to be. Deep gratitude.”
“I chose to do Embracing Equity to develop my racial & ethnic identities, and I would recommend Embracing Equity to educators and administrators because it formalizes and expedites a process that can take a lifetime (if it happens at all), when left to happenstance.”
“The summer of 2016 was painful. I ended up locking myself in our home and didn’t leave for two weeks. Struck with grief, anger, and fear I started reading everything I could about #equity, #race and structural racism to understand and dismantle white supremacy.
Fast forward, I found myself leading conversations and building community with social justice folks, but I still hadn’t healed from the killings that happened in 2016.
I signed up for the Embracing Equity cohort, seeking information about racism and the systemic effects in education. Instead, I healed.
Embracing Equity is a profoundly reflective program focusing on one’s identity, one’s teaching practice and empowerment. Throughout the five months, I gained multiple perspectives, a community, anti-racist language and the essential tools to create a critical action project. I carry with me Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Sandra Bland, may they rest in power.”
"The week I spent experiencing Embracing Equity was definitely one of the most eye and heart opening times of my life. The day we covered the pervasiveness of white supremacy culture, I consciously opened my eyes and redefined my view of just what that meant to me (key word: consciously.) A veil was lifted and I had a visceral reaction to how normalized it was in my life, how I had been contributing to it on so many levels and how, as an Indigenous woman, it had assaulted me many times.
I literally had to step out of the session to sob in the bathroom. It became excruciatingly apparent to me how important it was to name it and understand it before I had any hope of beginning to dismantle it. I feel so fortunate I was finally ready to accept this task because I feel it's a hand-in-hand must for the Montessori training I'm currently undergoing.
I have a very long way to go in my equity work but I trust the facilitators to guide me through it with their safe, loving, understanding and supportive space. They really do recognize that everyone is on their own journey with this and I'm deeply grateful for the opportunity to experience this transformation. I look forward to peeling back more layers and opening myself up more to all that I need to in a deliberate and ongoing way.”
“I joined the Embracing Equity Online Cohort, Embracing Identity, as a way to further my work to create liberated Montessori learning spaces. The facilitators created a brave space that challenged our willingness to be vulnerable and allowed each cohort member to show up as they were in that moment. I believe that only when we show up as our true authentic selves and accept ourselves as works in progress can we become truly powerful. From this place of power, we can answer Dr. Montessori's call to action to transform the world. Thank you for the reflective, challenging and rejuvenating learning space!”