Pierce Delahunt, MEd - Activist-Educator
While the goals that mainstream, individualist social-emotional learning does have are laudable, they are insufficient to address the problems of the world. We may individually live our whole lives without ever getting into a conflict, but because of systemic injustice, our capacities to live fulfilling lives with fulfilling relationships may still come at the expense of entire communities of others - not good social-emotional learning. "SEL for Social Justice" expands mainstream, individualist social-emotional learning into a group/systems analysis. We identify ways that we oppress without personally berating others, as well as ways we may intervene.
About our Speaker:
Pierce Delahunt (they/them) holds a MEd from the Institute for Humane Education. Their research was a study of activist-education programs throughout the country. Pierce has worked with Youth Empowered Action, an activist-education summer camp, since 2014. They grew up in New York and New Jersey and currently live in a eco-van traveling the country and speaking at schools. Pierce sees their own work as the union of social-emotional learning and activist-education. They mostly focus on sociopolitical involvement and intervention methods, with training in nonviolent communication and empathetic listening. They work from the frame that individualist social-emotional learning is insufficient: our capacity to have fulfilling lives and relationships cannot come at the expense of other communities' abilities to do the same. If our peace, love, light, and whole-child education movements do not address systemic injustice, then they are none of those things.
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