Understanding and Transforming Systems of Privilege

Understanding and Transforming Systems of Privilege

How can MIT staff advance positive social change?

July 11, 2018 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

How can MIT staff advance positive social change?
Community activists Stefani Harvey and Fran Smith will guide us through a workshop to confront and transform systems of privilege at MIT and in our daily lives. Join us!

WGSS Social Action Workshop: Understanding and Transforming Systems of Privilege 

Open to all MIT staff and faculty. Refreshments will be served.

Register here to help the organizers order enough food. Check it out on the Events Calendar, too.

Facilitator biographies:

Stefani Harvey is a community activist and educator who specializes in social justice and equity in education, particularly in addressing disparities for youth of color. As Roxbury native, Stefani has been a leader and a firm believer in the advocacy of positive growth and development in youth for over 15 years. Holding positions such as, Teacher, Program Director, Dean of Students, Director of Family and Community Engagement, and Safe and Welcoming Schools Specialist, Stefani has been able to connect with audiences through motivational speaking, youth conferences, and her relentless work and support with LGBTQ self-identified youth. Stefani holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, a Masters Degree in Urban Education and Leadership, a K-6 Principal License, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education.

Fran Smith is a community organizer, a nonprofit manager and a facilitative leader for racial justice. She began her work as a pro school desegregation student organizer in the 70’s in Boston. Since that time she has worked in the nonprofit and public sector. During the 80’s she led community-based youth development projects using media, popular culture, and peer leadership development to help youth identify and navigate racism and gain skills that enabled them to achieve their aspirations. In the 90’s Fran worked on local and national education reform projects promoting equity, excellence and parent involvement in urban school districts. For the last decade she has worked as a resource development specialist and coordinated two city wide educational initiatives. Fran was awarded a Community Fellowship from Tufts University where she obtained her Master of Public Policy. Currently she is an organizer with Community Change, Inc. started 50 years ago to address “the White problem”. She is committed to helping white people decolonize their hearts and minds from white supremacy.

Sponsored by the Working Group for Support Staff (WGSS) subcommittee on Civility and Respect (C&R).

Interested in learning more about C&R activities? Contact c-r@mit.edu