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Race & Social Justice Teacher Resources: DEI

Important Questions in the Study of Primary Sources infographic

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Thanks for reviewing a draft of "Important Questions" go to
Dr. Melissa Perkins, 'Iolani School History Faculty
2021 Hawai'i History Teacher of the Year

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General Resources

Many Voices, One Nation - National Museum of American History

Email Tsuzuki Group Library

Anti-Oppression Initialisms

ABIDE = Access, Belonging, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity

BIPOC = Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

DEI = Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

DEIA = Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility

DEIB = Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging

DEIJ = Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

DEISJ = Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

IDEAS = Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Sovereignty

IE = Inclusive Excellence

PWIs = Predominantly White Institutions

RSJ = Race & Social Justice

Other Related Language

Restorative justice

Racial and cultural healing

Systemic racism

Civic reasoning


Professor Tuhiwai-Smith, Māori Scholar

Critical Race Theory

In-depth: What is Critical Race Theory and how might it look in classrooms | ABC Action News
"Lawmakers in seven states, including Florida, have pushed for bans on the theory being taught in schools. But what is Critical Race Theory and how would it even look in classrooms?" (June 10, 2021; 00:03:08)

Critical Race Theory: Experts break down what it actually means | Washington Post
"Teachers across the country are caught in the middle of the latest flashpoint in America's culture war: critical race theory. Here's what the decades-old framework actually entails. Read more:" (July 13, 2021; 00:05:53)

A Note from the 'Iolani School Archivist

Building Sociocultural Competence
Primary Source Instruction

Primary source materials can be powerful partners as we try to educate young minds not to dismiss, minimize, or justify issues as being the way things are/were, but to identify and critique the inequality and injustice.

It is in this way of analyzing the true weight of past social norms, and realizing the danger of attempts to silence such analysis, that current and future generations may strive toward awareness and equity.

I firmly believe this can be adapted for the spectrum of K-12 teaching and learning.
Ingraining awareness and self-awareness, as well as allowing for continual missteps and growth with kindness is what will lead to positive change.

Many collecting institutions know the importance of acquiring materials that represent various viewpoints, and capturing social norms of various eras; it is not an endorsement but rather an opportunity for learning. There is potential in memory and heritage collections as agents of social change by providing meaningful primary source experiences during the critical character and values building years of childhood, grades K-12.

Best wishes,
Georgina Tom, Archivist
Graduate Certificate Museum Studies
Master of Library and Information Science
     | Archives & Special Collections Specialty
Digital Archives Specialist
     (Society of American Archivists)

Strive to teach & learn genuine histories.


Kimberlé Crenshaw: What is Intersectionality? | National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
"Kimberlé Crenshaw, a 2017 NAIS People of Color Conference speaker, civil rights advocate, and professor at UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School, talks about intersectional theory, the study of how overlapping or intersecting social identities—and particularly minority identities—relate to systems and structures of discrimination." (June 22, 2018; 00:01:54)

Of interest!


Book Selection Resources


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