The importance of talking about race/culture & the immigration experience

I wrote an article for PBS Newshour on the importance of discussing race/culture and the immigration experience with students:

Last summer I received a message from family in Iraq letting me know that a few of my second cousins were volunteering to

A member of the Iraqi security forces stands guard during a patrol in the city of Ramadi April 29, 2015.  Picture taken April 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer - RTX1B0RA
A member of the Iraqi security forces stands guard during a patrol in the city of Ramadi April 29, 2015. Picture taken April 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer – RTX1B0RA

join the Iraqi army to fight the Islamic State group.

Miles and continents away, I could not make sense of the world at that moment. How andwhy? I was so hurt, hurt for my family back home and hurt that average civilians who have no army training had to volunteer to fight such evil.

You can read the full article here.

2 thoughts on “The importance of talking about race/culture & the immigration experience

  1. Your article is a strong statement about teaching and about the role of empathy. You as a teacher have been transparent before your students with the result that they were open to the crisis experienced by you and others. Your students responded to your empathy with empathy. This is a powerful reminder that emotional intelligence and the empathy that it promotes must be taught for the betterment of all.

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