Month: January 2020

Episode 55: Bonus Episode! Women of Color in Historically White Women’s Colleges

Bonus Episode! Gerardo (minus Kevin, whose phone hates Gerardo) interviews two former students, Anpa’o and Sofia, powerful young women of color enrolled in Women’s colleges. The experience has been nuanced for both of them, while overall positive. On the one hand, the small discussion-based and familiar environment is empowering. On the other hand, most of these institutions are historically white-dominated, and women of color still experience ignorance and stereotype threat, as in other Historically White Institutions (HWIs). We laugh and reconnect, and this bonus episode is an opportunity for teachers to step back and see the big picture of our work with students and their communities.

Drop: Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo of Choose

Music: Kevin Adams

Episode 54: Brain Dump

Gerardo and Kevin are back after an unplanned hiatus. The dog days of the school year are here. It takes patience, resilience, and smart pacing, like in a race, to get through the winter. Students are feeling ground down, teachers using up a lot of energy, and anxieties brought about by budget cuts, leadership uncertainty, and a looming testing season, and it’s hard to be optimistic and positive. Especially when it’s still dark in the morning.

The boyz have had a lot on their minds. In Episode 54, they do a Brain Dump–anything and everything on their minds, from musical composition to the RIB process to leadership transitions to a lot of other random stuff. This episode is from the front lines, from the grass roots, and from the heart of teachers during the toughest part of the year. We make jokes and get serious, and celebrate RIB Spirit week. Keep it locked right here. No texting!