Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
This learning pathway features professional learning opportunities focused on raising awareness for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 07/27/2021
An exploration of important vocabulary to help us move towards being anti-racist.
An introductory exploration of important vocabulary to help us move towards being anti-racist. Webinar includes time for reflection and discussion.
As a first-generation American of Samoan and Nigerian descent, Estella recognizes how privileged she is to hold space among communities of international educators and across academia. Born and raised in South Los Angeles, she serves in her hometown as a secondary theatre teacher. Estella is heavily engaged within her union at the local, state, and national level. She is the current SoCal regional director of the National Education Association's (NEA) Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus (APIC) and was recently appointed to serve as chair of California Teacher Association's (CTA) Racial Equity Steering Committee as well as the Racial & Social Justice Advisory Committee. Estella also represents her local union, United Teachers of Los Angeles, as an elected delegate to the CTA state council and governing body.
Estella holds an M.A. in Education: Language Arts & Literacy from Loyola Marymount University and a B.A. in African-American Studies: Urban Education from California State University, Northridge. She holds a Secondary Credential in English as well as a Career Technical Education Credential in Arts, Media, and Entertainment. Estella teaches theatre in Los Angeles, helping youth to employ performing arts as a community service tool. Mrs. Church is an education consultant, as well as a curriculum and pathway specialist.
Estella began working in professional and community theatre at age 12, continued through high school and on to college. She is most comfortable in a tech booth, mid-performance, calling a show. With her experience as an educator and theatre creative, she has founded a non-profit, Education Ensemble which is dedicated to cultivating inclusive, creative spaces for youth by fostering community and utilizing art as a form of direct-action. She also serves on the board of the Drama Teacher’s Association of Southern California as Registrar and Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.
Though in the classroom full time, Estella remains active with several community organizations, including Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, helping to train teachers in human rights and social justice education. Estella is the Director of the Media Done Responsibly School of Media Literacy Education, providing accessible and equitable media literacy, anti-racist technology, and digital citizenship training and advocacy tools for schools and agencies in the media and technology sector.
In 2017, Estella Owoimaha-Church was named a finalist for the Global Teacher Prize, now hailed as the Nobel for educators. In 2018, CTA presented her with the Human Rights & Equity Award for Peace & Justice for international service on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Estella has been invited to speak around the world on pressing education matters, including the Vatican, Dubai, Brussels, and across the United States. She faced Betsy DeVos when students' civil rights were under attack, helped launch several schools across Africa, and continues to develop local initiatives. Mrs. Church works to ensure marginalized youth everywhere have access to quality education with a focus on the arts and social justice. www.estellachurch.com
Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 08/26/2021
Join the dialogue as we workshop methods to dismantle bias in educational theatre.
Come join the dialogue as we workshop methods to dismantle bias in educational theatre. You'll get to take an honest look at where our preferences and biases live within our personal experience and how they influence our teaching methodology, casting, and rehearsal process. Then you can use this knowledge to examine racial and intersectional representation in curricula and share best practices for fostering equitable spaces for your students.
Jade Lambert-Smith is a theatre practitioner who is intentional about creating opportunities in the arts for underrepresented communities. She is the founder of PG Entertainment, a family-focused production company committed to developing innovative and inspiring arts experiences for today’s modern family. Previously, Jade served as the instructor of acting at Spelman College and as artistic associate, dramaturg, and teaching artist at the Alliance Theatre. She is a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee for Georgia Thespians, and she happily serves as the troupe director for Troupe #5395 at Tri-Cities High School in East Point, GA.
Lilliangina Quiñones is the IB Theatre and Film Teacher and International Thespian Society Troupe Leader for Troupe #5422 at North Atlanta High School. An alumni of the National Association of Independent Schools’ Diversity Leadership Institute, she has facilitated conversations on anti-bias education both at the local and national levels. She has served as Co-Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Trinity School in Atlanta; Latinx Affinity Group Facilitator for the National People of Color Conference; and is currently a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for Georgia Thespians.
Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 02/25/2021
Theatre arts educators and directors play a pivotal role in establishing an inclusive artistic environment that embraces diversity and is demonstrative of truth in storytelling. This webinar is designed to support participants in evaluating the discriminatory practices and exclusionary behaviors that divide our American stages. The hope is that through guided discussion and assessment, the participants will identify best practices that curate anti-racist theatre that is created for, is a reflection of and is inclusive to all cultures and communities.
As theatre arts educators and directors, we play a pivotal role in establishing an inclusive artistic environment that embraces diversity and is demonstrative of truth in storytelling. This webinar is designed to support participants in evaluating the discriminatory practices and exclusionary behaviors that divide our American stages. The hope is that through guided discussion and assessment, the participants will identify best practices that curate anti-racist theatre that is created for, is a reflection of and is inclusive to all cultures and communities.
Director of Education at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company
Nikki Toombs is a notable American playwright, director, actress, and producer who hails from the “Magic City” of Birmingham, Alabama. She has authored eight plays, has directed 40+ productions, and is a nationally commissioned presenter and curriculum specialist.
Throughout her impressive career, this virtuoso has held many titles from playwright, to actress, to commissioner and more. Currently, Toombs proudly serves as the Director of Education at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of her duties include but are not limited to: teacher training, professional development coordinator and facilitator, master and acting class presenter, director, producer, host of the Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, and Director for the Theatre for Young Audiences program.