Equity in Education: Navigating Challenges and Building Lasting Change with Dr. Ayanna F. Brown

In this episode of Culture Stew, hosts Maria Morukian and Roger Moreano engage in a thought-provoking conversation with Dr. Ayanna F. Brown. Dr. Brown shares insights into her upbringing, highlighting the powerful messages she received at an early age. They delve into the importance of Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) in education, discussing its evolution over time and its impact on student well-being and academic success. The conversation also explores the challenges facing DEI work, including misinformation and intra-community dynamics. Dr. Brown emphasizes the need for institutions to develop cultural competence and institutional will to create lasting change toward equity and inclusion.

Key Areas of Discussion:

Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT): Dr. Brown defines CRT as an approach that goes beyond cultural competency to encompass critical consciousness and sociopolitical responsibility. She highlights the importance of understanding students as complete human beings and fostering a sense of communal responsibility within education.

Challenges to DEI Work: The discussion addresses political attacks rooted in misinformation and intra-DEI challenges. Dr. Brown emphasizes the need for effective communication to clarify what DEI entails and how it benefits everyone. She also explores the dynamics within the DEI community and strategies to address them.

Creating Lasting Change: Dr. Brown emphasizes the importance of developing cultural competence and institutional will within organizations to advance equity and inclusion. She advocates for consistent assessment and data collection to inform proactive actions toward greater equity, safety, and cultural responsiveness.

Visit Dr. Ayanna F. Brown’s website, https://thought-spectrum.com/about/ , to learn more about her work and listen to the full podcast episode for further insights!


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