Living IDEAS: Turning Good Intentions Into Actions
Schools are smaller microcosms of our world and include power dynamics that communities must understand in order to shift from diversity and inclusion to equity and justice. In Living IDEAS, explore how to tackle the challenges of moving from good intentions to actionable next steps.
Many educators kickstarted their DEIJ journeys when the #BlackLivesMatter movement became prominent, and are looking for ways to continue that important work in their classrooms and beyond. We want to help educators turn their good intentions into ongoing commitments to have a greater impact on the world around them.
Rachel George :
Rachel is a counselor with 20 years of experience. Coming from the United States, working solely in schools with little access- she has first-hand knowledge of what “pretend equity” looks like. Currently, pursing her Doctorate in Diversity & Equity in Education, Rachel believes that every student deserves an environment where they can shine.
Lucy Lu :
Lucy Lu is a dedicated educator currently serving as a high school Physics teacher at Western Academy of Beijing (WAB). She is also a new learning leader of WAB’s Inclusion via Diversity, Equity, Anti-Racism and Social Justice (IDEAS) team. With a passion for promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in education, Lucy is always thinking of ways to help other educators navigate these important issues with students and staff members within the international school community.
Keri-Lee Beasley :
With a background in community theatre, Keri-Lee became aware early on about the inequities faced by many of the LGBTQ+ community. A dedicated ally, she supervises WAB’s Spectrum Club, which supports and celebrates the LGBTQ+ community. Keri-Lee is encouraged by the increased representation of diverse voices in education and is committed to championing others so their voices can be heard. She believes strongly in the value of getting to know the young people we work with and sees mentoring as a key component of her work as an educator.