Allendale Columbia School Completes 21-Day Equity Challenge

Posted on November 20th, 2020 by lbrown


Allendale Columbia School is committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community, and we are proud to be one of the more than 400 local organizations to participate in the United Way of Greater Rochester’s 21-Day Equity Challenge. Prior to the Challenge, AC hosted a series of equity events, including a town hall meeting to explore the history of racism and resistance in Rochester as well as several listening sessions for parents and alumni. 

The 21-Day Equity Challenge covered a wide range of topics including basic definitions of bias and privilege as well as an overview of the challenges of talking about race. Education was a key focus of the series and included an examination of the economic and racial segregation of our local schools. It also offered critical tips on how to talk to children about race

The Challenge also showed how racial discrimination impacts many sectors including housing, wealth, the environment and health outcomes. It closed with a call to action that included advice on allyship and building a culture of racial equity within organizations.

Students, parents, faculty, administrators, and staff from Allendale Columbia School participated in the Equity Challenge. There will be an opportunity for them to come together and reflect on the experience in the near future, and we plan to return to these valuable resources as we work toward achieving our equity goals.

For more information about how you can get involved in these important discussions, please contact Lindsey Brown, Director of Equity and Community Engagement.


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The Meaning of Privilege

Posted on October 27th, 2020 by lbrown
Here is Day 3 of the 21 Day Equity Challenge!  The “What is Privilege” video is a simple and concrete metaphor that can spark conversation with students and colleagues.  For a deeper exploration of privilege, check out the personal privilege profile.


DAY 3: The Meaning of Privilege
It’s time to talk privilege. The idea of privilege can be divisive, but at the core it means a built-in advantage, immunity, or benefit that a person or group enjoys beyond what others have access to or experience. Most everyone can identify at least one privilege that they hold; examples may include ability status, education level, wealth, gender identity, job status, marital status, the community that you live in, and more.
There are different levels and layers of privilege in our society. The experiments in the following videos show how people identify their privileges and how each privilege interacts to create levels of “status” that move some people ahead and keep others behind.
Consider the self-reflection questions and activities to identify ways that you could use your privilege to promote racial equity and justice in our community.
Option 1: Watch this “What is Privilege” video
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Questions to Consider for Self-Reflection:
  • What did you notice about your personal reactions while reading and viewing today’s material? What do these reactions tell you about your experiences?
  • Looking at the community where you grew up or where you are currently living, what do you notice about how privilege and marginalization have shaped the community and your opportunities?
Ways to Get Involved:
Share What You Learned:
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