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Radical Refuge Program:

Awareness, Healing, & Liberation

Unlike a professional development training or conference, the Radical Refuge is not designed to "teach you how to teach." Our sessions are facilitated by Latina and Black women who are devoted to teachers and have expertise in identity awareness and healing. 

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“I was adamant that our day begin with a feeling of belonging and understanding. The last thing I wanted was another professional development training or conference. So we’ll start with community, identity, and food! I’ll also share what brought me to hosting such a retreat. How did a brown-skinned Latina and former veteran NYC  public school teacher become a researcher when schooling and research had only ever brought me pain? Rather than being another nameless and faceless academic hiding behind her work, I want to be vulnerable with you in this affinity space and share my experiences alongside your own. We’ll no longer sit silently and serve children; our experiences matter.” ~ Vanessa

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"We are excited to work together again. As veteran public school educators we have participated and run countless professional development courses. This is not anything like we have ever experienced. We are proud to have been part of the original thinking and planning of the Radical Refuge. As the journey mapping facilitators, we are committed to sharing and listening to your journeys with learning. As Latina and Black women this is not something we often do but together we can dig deeply, share thoughtfully, and become more aware of the power of our experiences." ~ Jessica & Marsha

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"As a social worker I understand the importance of resting our bodies and our minds. Yet, as a women of color raised in a system that was NOT built with me in mind, the concept of rest has felt foreign and wrong.  Throughout my personal and work life, being productive and caregiving has often been reinforced.  Naturally I got the message that being exhausted was normal; stopping to recharge meant I was lazy and unmotivated.  The reality is that stressors and demands will keep coming and that systems of oppression will keep us feeling we are never doing enough.  Often we believe that rest is impossible —maybe even dangerous and unacceptable.  But for who?  I am excited to explore rest as a radical act of resistance against a white, male dominated system of oppression." ~ Denise   

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"I am thrilled to have joined the Radical Refuge. As a veteran social worker I have supported many early childhood educators. Supporting women's identity development and healing. I look forward to button making and chatting!

~ Briana

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I am passionate about racial justice and women's rights in America. And I care about the wellbeing of people, especially educators, who are striving to nurture our future generations while they remain responsible for themselves. While the public seems to support the idea of educator wellbeing, many of us have been left without true support, as the calls for "self-care" seem hollow and burdensome. We're expected to heal ourselves though the systems that created our struggle. I recognize that we heal in community; "self-care alone is not enough." Sustainable healing requires transformation and rebirthing which requires an immense amount of energy. If we want to create systemic and social change through our healing, we must gather our strength together. I will focus specifically on creating the space for Latina and Black women to process collective trauma and learning strategies, and continue to heal communally.” ~ Isabel

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"Have educators always been treated the way they are today? How did we get here? What does this mean for our path forward, if we hope for a more just and humane future? We will explore the history of women in education and the societal constructs that have kept conditions the same for so long. By understanding and exposing legacies of intentional oppression, we can begin to better understand how we may participate in constructive resistance and empowered change. Without an understanding of the past shaped our identities we cannot change our future for the better."  ~ Vanessa

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