Phase 1: Understanding History

Self-exploration, dialogue and community-building

Phase One Content and Activity Themes:

  • Establishing community among fellows and creating a safe space for sharing Explorations of identity and culture and how this connects to power, privilege and oppression
  • Learning about Black and Jewish history within the context of the US Civil Rights Movement
  • Exposure to different religious ideologies to deepen understanding of shared values among different belief systems
  • Engage in community service as a tool to deepen understanding of one’s community, begin to explore real-life experiences with power and privilege and promote community engagement as a critical element of social change

Learning Objectives:

  • Fellows will be able to identify and describe critical milestones of the US Civil Rights Movement
  • Fellows will be able to identify and describe key contributions of Black and Jewish Civil Rights leaders to the US Civil Rights Movement
  • Fellows will be able to describe intersectionality as foundation to achieve equity for all and to apply this understanding to analyze history
  • Fellows will understand the intersections of their own personal identities and apply this knowledge to their interactions with others

Outcomes Associated with Phase One:

  • Increased knowledge about social justice issues, including: the US Civil Rights Movement, Black and Jewish American history, intersecting forms of oppression
  • Improved skills and abilities, including: connecting with people who are different from me
  • Improved attitudes and beliefs related to diversity, equity and inclusion including related to the issues of: racism, anti-Semitism, those who are different from me