Rudolf Steiner College Canada is inviting you to the sixth of our monthly follow-up DEI Zoom sessions. These sessions have provided an opportunity for continuing the discussions on themes around diversity, equity and inclusion, that were first raised at the RSCT Waldorf Development Conference in November 2020. This will be the final session of this year as Joaquin Munoz is moving to take up a new position at the University of British Columbia.
As it is November, Indigenous History Month in the U.S., this session will explore aspects of Cultural Appropriation and Appreciation, and will offer an approach to engaging discussions and teaching of Indigeneity, using Sabzalian’s work on sovereignty education as a starting point.
Download the included reading: Affirming-Indigenous-Sovereignty
From the poster for the RSCT 2020 Waldorf Development Conference on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Waldorf Schools:
Dr. Joaquin Munoz, from the Pasua Yaqui tribe in Arizona, is Assistant Professor of Education at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His focus is on Teacher Education and Preparation, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy/Culturally Responsive Schooling and Waldorf Education/Waldorf-inspired Education. His Ph.D. thesis is entitled “The Circle of Mind and Heart: Integrating Waldorf Education, Indigenous Epistemologies and Critical Pedagogy”, 2016. Dr. Munoz writes “My life changed in 2013, upon being introduced to the amazing community of Waldorf teachers, instructors and families.”
• How do we participate, consciously or unconsciously, in systemic racism?
• What meaningful actions will we take in service to the leadership and agency
of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color?
• Where are the possibilities for each of us to prioritize racial justice in our
work to further Waldorf education?
• How do we actively engage in anti-racism personally and professionally?
The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America recognizes the historic and ongoing impact of racism on our continent and the injustice and discrimination faced by Black, Indigenous and People of Color. We understand that inclusivity and equity is a journey of both moral and educational imperative. As such, we take seriously our responsibility to bear witness to what is happening in the world, to center the voices of color in racial justice work, to change the course of inequities, and identify and break down structural racism in all forms where it exists, particularly in Waldorf education. We know that we have far to go as an association and as individuals in our understanding of racial oppression and social justice. Advancing the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is one of the compelling forces behind AWSNA’s strategic priorities. These priorities make equity and inclusion central to our work and aim to bring us closer to the world that we want for our youth.