[EDEQUITY WEEA Project Dialogue]Inequity about Latinos

From: Carmen Delgado-Contreras (cdcontreras@smcoe.k12.ca.us)
Date: Wed Feb 13 2002 - 10:08:42 EST

I would like to respond to Jill's question about addressing "equity
awareness" issues. When I speak with the mothers and daughters at the
parent orientation meeting which is the first time we meet. I explain
why we have the WEEA grant and what the legislation was trying to
address. I get an immediate "yes we understand" feedback. Because
traditionally Spanish-speaking mothers have experienced first hand
the inequity of being girls/women. The mothers understand the
importance of the WEEA grant and it's focus. Mothers have shared
their experiences growing up and how they had to stay home and help
their mother while their brothers were allowed to go to
school.----And they do not want the same experience for their
daughters here in the United States.

Carmen Delgado Contreras
Mother-Daughter Program
San Mateo County Office of Education
Phone: (650) 802-5619
Email: <cdcontreras@smcoe.k12.ca.us>

 Carmen Delgado-Contreras

>I enjoyed reading the program descriptions of the other people on the
>for this week's discussion by WEEA grantees. I want to respond to two
>issues that came up for me as I read the opening remarks. I am interested
>in reactions from the panelists, as well as from others.
>First, Carmen Delgado Contreras mentioned that there is not always equity
>WITHIN genders. I think this is an important point. In our afterschool
>leadership program, we also notice that girls come to our program with a
>range of experience talking about equity and taking on leadership. We have
>tried to acknowledge the range of skills and experiences, and frame
>leadership as NOT just about being assertive, but also about listening,
>learning from others, and supporting each other. We are aware that in some
>cultures, people lead quietly. I wonder how others have dealt with this
>variation within gender?
>Second, I would like to hear more about how other programs have dealt with
>the "equity awareness" issue. Do people find that it is important to FIRST
>raise awareness before the issue can be addressed? Are people finding
>resistance to the idea that there is a NEED to address educational equity?
>I would like to hear more about the "Exploring Your Options" program (that
>Diana Melvin described) and how they get people to think about classroom
>Jill Denner, Ph.D.
>Senior Research Associate
>ETR Associates (Education, Training, Research)
>PO Box 1830
>Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1830
>831-438-4060 x264
>831-438-3577 fax

Dr.Carmen Delgado-Contreras
San Mateo County Office of Education
Phone: (650) 802-5619
Email: cdcontreras@smcoe.k12.ca.us

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