SMHI Webinar: Identity Development as Part of Community Culture


An important component to being a culturally responsive educator is knowing yourself, which includes an awareness of how your identity intersects with your students, parents, and colleagues. Your awareness regarding how identities are positioned in society, throughout history and how this information can empower you to better understand, as well as meet the needs of your students and learning community.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

1) define what shapes our identities;

2) understand the eight social identifiers; and

3) relate how identity has many characteristics and affects relationships within the school building and classroom.

Presenter Information

Emily Abedon is a Rhode Island-based educator and leader. Her work and her life center social justice, children, and education. Emily serves as the Chief Learning Officer at Equity Institute. With an anti-oppression lens, she works to evaluate, design, and implement strategic equity and anti-racism work in schools and organizations. Her passion for leadership and design comes from wanting to help leaders, educators and organizations embrace action that works toward creating systemic change.

Emily has designed and led antiracism affinity groups for white-identifying educators and facilitated cross-racial dialogues in a wide variety of organizational settings. Emily has presented at many national and local conferences around culturally responsive educational practices, anti-racism and equity. She has her Masters of Science in Education through Brooklyn College and was a NYC Teaching Fellow. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Peace and Nonviolence. She is a member of the antiracism group White Noise Collective that works at the intersection of whiteness and gender oppression and organizes with Showing Up for Racial Justice RI. While gender and class oppressions have always been visible to her, her white, race privilege has not. She continually tries to understand the ways that race has shaped her life and works to put race at the center of her thinking. Emily is always working toward becoming a better accomplice for people of color who are leading the movement for racial justice.

Panel Support

Carlon Howard is the Chief Impact Officer and Co-Founder of Equity Institute. In his role, he oversees program strategy and implementation for the organization’s premier program, the EduLead Fellowship. He is a social entrepreneur dedicated to exploring innovative ways to solve some of our country’s most pressing problems. In addition to helping launch the Equity Institute, he also co-founded EduLeaders of Color R.I. Now an initiative of the Equity Institute, EduLeaders of Color R.I. hosts monthly meetups designed to support education leaders from underrepresented backgrounds.

Before entering his current role with Equity Institute, Carlon was executive director of Breakthrough Providence, served as a City Year AmeriCorps member and Impact Manager, was a classroom teacher and Teach for America AmeriCorps Member, and was a policy fellow for former Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston. He graduated from the University of Georgia with undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and political science and completed his graduate degree in education from Rhode Island College. He also earned a graduate certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from the Institute of Nonprofit Practice, in affiliation with Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Carlon is an avid reader and lifelong learner who spends much of his time exploring topics related to social science and leadership.

Continuing Education

TASN SMHI is a social work continuing education approved provider through the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB). KS BSRB Provider Number: 18-011.

To earn a certificate of completion:

  1. Go do our Moodle site
  2. Complete the pre-assessment
  3. View the webinar in its entirety
  4. Complete the post-assessment
  5. A Certificate of Completion will automatically be populated. Download and/or print.

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