Brown Metropolis wants to connect you to VIBE Movement! If you have read the last two blog posts about Latin American children’s literature, then you will have read about VIBE’s June panel on “How to Talk to Kids About Race.”
In July, I was a panelist on VIBE’s “Anti-Racism for Educators, Parents, and Youth Influencers.” I was honored to join a dynamic group of educators who are working to break down the rhetorical and sociocultural barriers racialized children are facing today. If you are looking for a recording of this panel, you can find it on VIBE’s FaceBook platform, The Upleveled Educator: https://www.facebook.com/groups/uplevelededucators/
Today, August 8th, you can click into VIBE’s August panel, “What I Wish My Teacher Knew.”
The panel begins at 11 am PST. You can register for this free event by clicking the link below; you will receive email instructions for how to join via Zoom. If you cannot attend in real-time, the panel is usually streamed on The Upleveled Educator FB page. There is a fantastic group of student scholars and activists set to join Tina Medina, VIBE’s founder and leader. https://mailchi.mp/63577121b75f/antiracismforeducatorsparentsandyouthinfluencers
Please note that this is not a paid/sponsored endorsement! Tina and the VIBE’s Upleveled Educators are doing thoughtful and prescient work to directly address the systemic racism embedded in our educational system. As part of my service to the wider educational community, I collaborate with the VIBE collective. What sets VIBE apart from other groups is their dual-focus on child learners and adult educators. How can racialized, othered children thrive when racialized educators are not thriving? VIBE tackles both issues as it seeks to uplift and support the educators who are at the heart of decolonizing informal and formal curricula.
You can follow VIBE on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_thevibemovement_/
You can also follow my poetry and culture Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/clarissabellapoemproject/
The third Latin American children’s book recommendation blog post will launch on Monday, August 10th. Thanks for reading this “extra” blog post and have a great weekend!