Pingy-Dingy Wednesday – Disruptive Education Equity Project: “We live in a constant state of racial smog!”

In my MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, I’m currently working on a critical thesis exploring ways authors might read literature not just for craft lessons, but also as activists. Learning as I go, this is a lifetime project, but so worthwhile. I am working hard to not add to narratives of oppression, but rather, as best I can, to be part of the activist tradition.* I am grateful to organizations such as DEEP who guide and educate and accompany individuals and organizations wishing to step up and step forward.

From their website:

The Disruptive Equity Education Project (DEEP) is a professional development and strategy organization that is focused on the intentional, developmental, and complex work that is associated with changing mindsets around equity and dismantling systemic oppression and racism.

DEEP’s Guiding Principles:

  • 1. Equity is a process NOT a product.
  • 2. Impact is measured by shifts in mindset and behavior.
  • 3. Systemic disruption requires large, observable change.
  • 4. Equity work is generational.
  • 5. The single-most important starting place is self.
  • 6. Equity requires strategic technical & adaptive solutions.
  • 7. Disruption with love & grace.
  • 8. Real, meaningful change in communities comes from the inside out.
  • 9. We live in a constant state of racial smog.

DEEP, you get one pingy-dingy! Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your heart work and your hard work and your beautiful work.

*First brought to my attention in Tufts professor Elizabeth Ammons’ fantabulous book, Brave New Words: How Literature Will Save the Planet. University of Iowa Press, 2010.

I’m a typewriter whompin’, card catalogue lovin’ white girl from back in the day, and I yearn for a time before the covers of trade paperbacks were all squidgy, so you can imagine that I don’t actually understand what a pingback is. I do know that it can in some way be part of spreading the love, and since that’s what I’m all about at The Total Femme… every Wednesday, I pay homage to the laughter, love, and inspiration to be had elsewhere online.

At the Total Femme, my intention is to post three times a week: Meditations for Queer Femmes on Monday, Pingy-Dingy Wednesday on Wednesday, and Femme Friday on Friday. Rather than play catch-up in a stressful fashion on those weeks when life and pandemic prevent posting, I have decided to just move gaily forward: if I miss a Monday, the next post will be on Wednesday, and so on. Thank you, little bottle of antibiotics for inspiring me in this! (“…if it’s almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Don’t take a double dose to make up for a missed one.”) And…as I go through graduate school, I will post as I am able, Mabel.

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