On Thursday night, the MPR was bustling with conversation for the 11th annual Boston Educators of Color Dinner (BEOC).
Fayerweather hosts BEOC (with support from the Association of Independent Schools in New England) each Fall, we provide a gathering opportunity for people of color who work in the world of education, to gather, share and reflect together on their work and engagement within their respective independent and public school school communities.
This year, our very own Kim Ridley and Tia Gary presented on the highlights and pitfalls of an Independent school's quest to becoming anti-racist organizations. Using the work from Restorative Justice practices, as well as questions and readings based off the book, How To Be An Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi.
Educators from within and outside of Cambridge reflected on their own indigenous identities, shared their experiences as educators of color, and discussed the progress being made in their own schools for themselves and students of color alike. The night ended in a guided meditation, lead by Tia. The group reflected upon their noticings in the safe space, with a sense of comfort and hope.
Thank you to Fayerweather for hosting this wonderful event, and a special shout out to Tia and Kim for another memorable BEOC!