Immigrant History Initiative
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2y ago
This week’s interview is with the founders of Immigrant History Initiative, Kathy Lu and Julia Chang Wang. Their organization’s self described mission is to educate and empower communities through the untold stories of immigrant diasporas in America. They strive to fundamentally change how we learn, talk, and think about race, migration and social justice as a global society by providing comprehensive educational resources, engaging communities, and offering equitable education support. I talk with Julia and Kathy about their own experiences with their racial identities in and outside of the c ..read more
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Strong Asian Lead
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3y ago
This week I had the privilege of speaking with David Masami Moriya and Emi Lea Kamemoto, the founders of Strong Asian Lead. Strong Asian Lead is a Media, Marketing, and DEI consultancy for Hollywood studios and the Asian and Pacific Islander diaspora in tv, film, and streaming. They take an educational approach to the industry holding workshops on Diversity Equity, Race, Culture, and Inclusion of Asian and Pacific Islander stories. They also coach creatives in the craft of storytelling and the business of the industry, and connect studios with communities in order to foster a more equitable ma ..read more
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Connect in Place
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3y ago
This week I speak with members of the Connect-In-Place leadership team. Connect-In-Place is an organization which was founded last summer by two Berkeley students in the throes of the pandemic by two Essentially, Connect-In-Place is a virtual platform where students can take small, interactive classes taught by college students, creating a space where they can connect with peers and receive mentorship while engaging in distance learning. Class topics range across the board, from core academic subjects to extra curricular classes like Bollywood dance and photography. They’ve also dedicated them ..read more
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Diversify Our Narrative
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by What Can You Do?
3y ago
Happy belated new year and Welcome back to What Can You Do! We are so happy to be back and sharing new content, starting with this interview with members from a youth movement called Diversify Our Narrative. DON , for short, is a 100% grassroots organization composed of high school/college students throughout the US. They are pushing for more equitable, long-lasting reform within our school districts, especially through the promotion of BIPOC authors in high school English classrooms, in order to foster a more inclusive curriculum and teaching pedagogy that tackles racial equity and educationa ..read more
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Girls of the Crescent
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3y ago
This week I interview Mena and Zena Nassiri, two sisters and  high school students from Michigan who founded a non-profit organization called Girls of the Crescent. Girls of the Crescent works to collect books with female muslim main characters before donating them to schools and libraries in order to increase diversity and representation in literature. Throughout our conversation we discuss where the inspiration for their organization came from, why culturally relevant role models and diverse storytelling in fiction is important, and how minority representation in literature and other fo ..read more
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GENup Collegiate at Berkeley and Yes on Prop 15
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by What Can You Do?
3y ago
In this episode I interview Bella An, the Political Director at GENup Collegiate at Berkeley, a nationwide student-led social justice organization centered around youth voice. In our conversation, Bella and I spend most of our time discussing the Yes on Prop 15 campaign, and the Schools and Communities First Youth Coalition which GENup is facilitating. Bella and I discuss what prop 15 is, what it isn’t, how it will impact our communities, what the tax revenue generated by it will be put towards, and ultimately, why people should vote yes ..read more
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Anti-Racist APUSH
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3y ago
In this episode we interview Matthew Vreisman, an AP US History Teacher from Michigan who began an ed-blog known as Anti-Racist APUSH, whose mission is to offer anti-racist pedagogical materials for APUSH classroom and curriculum, as well as pointers on how to create a more equitable AP classroom. We discuss the impetus for his project, how teachers can use the materials, the politicization of historical curriculum, and what it means to promote diverse narratives in education ..read more
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Bored of Boredom
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by What Can You Do?
3y ago
Welcome to What Can You Do?, a new podcast dedicated to shedding light on the work of youth activists in education across the U.S., and demystifying the activism process to empower our next generation of leaders. In our debut episode we interview Hope Shinderman, the founder and president of Bored of Boredom, an educational equity organization which offers virtual educational services to students in an effort to close the digital divide and support learners during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Hope and I talk about everything from punk rock protest music to the dangers of neocolonialism. But most imp ..read more
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