"To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try."
- Rosa Parks
AEF's new Our World program is a ground-breaking initiative that provides training and workshops on equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism for educators, businesses, nonprofits, and higher education. Training is designed and facilitated by Arizona Teachers of the Year and higher education partners.
Our World was created to assist schools, school districts, nonprofits, and businesses with fulfilling commitments they made to adopt more equitable practices.
Our World training provides the tools needed to build culturally inclusive learning and work environments; helps individuals to recognize and combat discrimination on school, corporate, and nonprofit campuses; and fosters open communication about the issues of bias, race, identity, and social justice. Ultimately, our desire is to create safe spaces where all stakeholders are involved in creating equitable and just environments.
Our World is provided free of charge to any Arizona public school because of generous support provided by:
Additional support for Our World provided by:
Our World: Educators for Indigenous Students
Providing both digital and in-person spaces for Indigenous educators and educators serving Indigenous students to connect, learn, share, and grow. Works with First Nation communities to raise awareness around the need for Indigenous educators.
Tailored to meet the needs of schools and districts seeking training in equity, diversity, and inclusion. Educators will see model lessons and learn strategies for creating culturally inclusive classrooms. Classrooms may also seek assistance with implementing student-led social justice projects.
Our World in the Workplace
Training for businesses and organizations seeking to build and foster equitable workplace environments. Customized to meet the needs of each company, Our World will help guide businesses and nonprofits to establish or develop strategies for reaching equity goals.
Our World, Our Youth
Outreach to students and communities of underrepresented populations to bring awareness to the need for more people of color to join the teaching profession.
our world goals.
Craft a shared and accurate understanding of equity and anti-racism.
Examine historical events that have led to systematic oppression.
Foster awareness about how oppression is manifested in individual attitudes and behaviors as well as formal (and "unspoken") policies and practices.
Create dialogue around privilege and how people unknowingly contribute to oppression.
Provide opportunities for groups to reflect on how to better serve their students or employees.
Offer constructive strategies for schools, districts or businesses to support equitable practices.
our world origins.
Our World aligns with the mission of the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) to celebrate excellence and cultivate equity in PreK-12th grade Arizona public education. AEF is committed to using its distinctive and unique platform to support the fight against systemic oppression. Our World is a response to calls for societal justice and reform around equity and anti-racism. Although often misinterpreted, anti-racism builds upon diversity and equity training and provides individuals with the tools needed to build culturally inclusive learning and work environments; to recognize and combat oppression on school and corporate campuses; and to foster open communication about the issues of bias, race, identity, and social justice. Ultimately, our desire is to create safe spaces where all stakeholders are involved in creating equitable and just environments.
We seek a world where the unique diversity of Arizona is reflected in all sectors of our workforce, including schools, and where individuals can thrive academically, professionally, and emotionally so that they can become engaged members of their communities.
For more information, contact Renee Levin at firstname.lastname@example.org.