The Equity Lab

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Where we expand our ability to make sense of cultural differences and commonalities.

Intercultural competency is a driving force in bridging cultural differences and fostering an environment where everyone can belong, contribute and thrive.

The Equity Lab is a hub for equity-focused learning opportunities and one of the many ways Blake carries out its mission, core values and commitment to pluralism.

The lab is run by the Office of Equity and Community Engagement (OECE) whose vision is to lead, facilitate and support individual and school-wide efforts that foster a more equitable, inclusive and engaged community.

The Equity Lab makes sharing topics related to equity and inclusion accessible to everyone by offering and supporting lunch-and-learn sessions, after-school workshops, one-on-one discussions, critical friend groups, professional collaborations, webinars, community partnerships and more. 

Call for Equity Lab Proposals

Alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff are invited to create a session for Blake's Equity Lab by completing a proposal, available at blake.mn/elproposal.

Successful session proposals will facilitate conversations that reflect Blake's commitment to pluralism and the OECE vision "to foster a more equitable, inclusive and engaged community."

The 2021-22 event calendar has been filled, and the call for proposals for this year's theme, "Building Inclusive Community," is closed. Thank you to all who submitted. The theme of the 2022-23 Equity Lab season will be announced in the spring and proposals will be accepted at that time. Proposals should plan for an hour-long session and reflect the annual theme. Content should be based in research, model evidence-based practices, draw on personal mastery or reflective practice. Sessions should encourage attendees to continue exploring the subject area and inspire action.

Spring 2021 Equity Lab Experiences

Wednesday, Jan. 12
7pm
Zoom

Tyneeta Canonge presents “The Person You Mean To Be: How Good People Fight Bias” book talk

Free copies of the book are available at campus security desks upon request and while supplies last.

Many people philosophically believe that racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, classism and other forms of oppression exist but don't always recognize what to do about it. In 2020, individuals and organizations galvanized to find concrete ways to dismantle biased systems and build the just world we imagine for ourselves. We may be at different points along our intercultural competency journeys, but there is always room to grow our capacity to work against these systems. In her book, “The Person You Mean To Be,” Dolly Chugh attempts to help readers move from believers to builders and offers the research-based brain science behind strategies to reduce bias. Join us and contribute to the conversation as we explore the highlights of the book and examine how our desire to be good people may be in the way of us being the people we mean to be.

Open to Alumni, Parents, Students, Faculty/Staff

Zoom registration link: Person you mean to be


Tuesday, March 1
7pm CT
Zoom

Dr. Dziwe Ntaba presents The Benefits of Equity Centered Healthcare

The COVID-19 pandemic placed a spotlight on health disparities in disadvantaged communities. As we continue to make sense of its impact and the impact of other international health crises, we'll hear from global healthcare provider, Blake class of 1990 alum and 2021 Bush Foundation Fellow Dr. Dziwe Ntaba. Learn how Dr. Ntaba's equity-focused, patient-centered practice produces high-quality outcomes for individuals and health systems at large.

Open to Alumni, Parents, Students, Faculty/Staff

Zoom registration link Ntaba


Thursday, Mar 10
6-7pm CT (RSVP required)
Zoom

Diversity at Blake: Past, Present and Where We are Headed

Tyneeta Canonge, director of Blake’s Office of Equity and Community Engagement, and current students will share with Alumni how Blake has changed over the years regarding equity and inclusion. Canonge will talk about the school’s efforts to create a more equitable community and how programs like the Equity Lab assists with this priority. Students will share how these efforts impact their experiences.

For Alumni but open to Parents, Students, and Faculty/Staff

Diversity at Blake link


Wednesday, April 13
7pm CT
Blake Dining Commons

Blake learning specialists present What is it like to have dyslexia?

This simulation walks participants through what it is like for those with dyslexia to learn in school. By experiencing the ways dyslexia is processed, we hope to build understanding and empathy for those who experience this difference daily.

Open to Alumni, Parents, Students, Faculty/Staff

What is it like to have dyslexia RSVP link