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Ep34- (Part 2) The Case of Self and the Resistance

In the is Episode, the host focuses on the social world as relating to the power and privilege afforded to specific cognitive functions (within Meyers Briggs personality theory). She also brings attention to the challenges that exist when certain functions are embodied by women of color. This is the second part where Part I (Episode 33) focused on details of personality theory and argues why such a theory is an important tool in disrupting social margins. To access the resources...


Ep33- The Case of Self and the Resistance

The final case is being presented over two episodes allowing for an adequate representation of two related yet distinct discussions. In the first episode (Ep33), the host provides an argument for why knowing the landscape of one's internal world is essential to disrupting margins. The case was inspired by six informants (in Ep20, Ep22, Ep25, Ep27, Ep30, and Ep32) from Season 2 in their willingness to share their struggles with intrapersonal power. While people in the social justice...


Ep32- The Case of Critical Race Feminism

In this episode, the informant talks about self-love and self-care as liberatory practices. She provides a five-part construct on critical race feminism. She also talks about the bleeding nature of the subthemes within critical race theory: critical feminism, feminism, jurisprudence, and critical legal studies. For a complete list of the key points discussed along with resources mentioned in the episode, please visit our webpage.


Ep30- The Case of Race and Dignity

In this episode, the informant talked about dignity as a sense of mutual self-worth within the human race and race and gender as social constructs that serve to disrupt our overall sense of oneness with each other. She also talked about blackness within global white supremacy, about multiple community membership versus single community membership, and about identity as a contested concept. To access more information and resources shared in the episode, please visit our show notes here:...


The Case of Student Power (Ep29)

In this episode, the host talks about student power as a practice of teaching and learning. She makes a case that it is an essential element of student empowerment... specifically relating to learners who are disenfranchised from the learning process. Visit the webpage to access the show notes where resources mentioned in the episode are listed: https://empowermentstartshere.net/2018/05/02/the-case-of-student-power-ep29/


Ep28- The Case of Integrity and Its Price

In this episode, the informant talks about what happens when your life becomes the place of protest impacting your body, your home and your reputation. In it, you will learn how she handled attacks on her character, her reputation, and her inside access to local change efforts happening in her city– all as the price paid for walking in her integrity. For more information on this episode, along with the resources mentioned, please go to the webpage dedicated to this conversation.


Ep27- The Case of the Black Female Educator

In this episode, the informant talks about the unique teaching style of black female educators that comes from suffering and surviving in an inequitable society. While this case covers issues in teaching and learning, it also covers issues in the social world. The informant does a wonderful job exploring how these two areas (schooling and society) come together to create a powerful pedagogy-- the Warm Demander. To access show notes and resources mentioned in the episode, please visit our ...


Ep26- The Case of Taking a Knee in Math

In the recorded call, you are going to hear the informant offer four (possibly five) ways that math teachers can do social justice work in a math classroom (and beyond). To access show notes and resources mentioned in the episode, please visit our webpage.


Ep25- The Case of Technology and Schooling from the Margins

A significant portion of this case explores race and gifted and talented programming. The case also explores issues around testing and cultural biases, digital natives and digital immigrants, Generations Y and Z, and STEM programming in k12 schools. To access show notes and resources mentioned in the episode, please visit our webpage.


Ep24- The Case of Learning and Moving

In this conversation, you will learn about movement as vital to building brain cells, moving information from short-term into long-term memory, and positioning students as co-constructors of knowledge—not just mindless receivers of someone else’s knowledge. In the close out of the episode, the host talks critically about no-excuse schools that regulate students bodies as artificial forms of achievement. Such regulations have a structural impact on marginalized communities. For more...


Ep21- The Case of City X

This episode explores American Apartheid as a system of structures that routinely disadvantages people of color for the advantage of white Americans: wealth, housing, education, mass media, and criminal justice. To access more notes and the resources mentioned in this episode, please visit: https://empowermentstartshere.net/2018/03/13/the-case-of-city-x-ep23/


Ep22- The Case of Two Times

This episode is based on a song entitled Two Times written and performed by the informant (Jerry B Seus). In the case segment of the episode, the listener will here Jerry B talk about his writing process; about his emotional life and the gender bias he believes society holds about emotions; and about the role of failure as necessary for succeeding. Of course there is more to the conversation than just the case. Jerry B tells us about what’s going on in his current life (graduation, a...


Ep21- The Case of Family Secrets

This case can be divided into two halves. The first half is where the informant talks about family secrets, why it is a topic for her, and how she was frustrated upon discovering some of her family’s own secrets. It is here that the listener learns a lot about how family secrets negatively impact future generations. In the the second half, the informant goes inward and checks herself about her capacity, or not, to disclose some of her own secrets for her children and their future children...


Ep20- The Case of Divorce, God and Sexuality

This is a conversation about divorce, God and sexuality. To access the show notes, please visit: https://empowermentstartshere.net/the-eshpodcast/


Ep19- The Case of Black Women Loving White Men

This is a conversation about race, love and belonging. To get a full description, please visit: https://empowermentstartshere.net/the-eshpodcast/


Episode 17 - The Case of Power and Season 1

In this episode, the host brings closure to the season by sharing the different lessons offered on power. There were 12 informants in Season 1 and as they are highlighted in this episode, listeners are able to learn more about them and the four levels of power that impacted their work with social change: Structural, Cultural, Interpersonal and Intrapersonal. Where power as an abstract state is hard to understand, this episode talks about tools of power which, as a concept, is easier. This...


Episode 16 - The Case of Healing, Surviving and Thriving Pt. 2

In today’s conversation, Imani Evans talks about how she took her experience with trauma and made it her life’s work. Specifically, she argues that the very thing that made her want to die is the thing that gave her a reason to live. She talks about her experience with sexual violence, with identity and intersectionality, and with her business development with serving women who are healing from sexual and domestic violence.


Episode 15: The Case of Healing, Surviving and Thriving

In this episode, Imani Evans, a therapist and activist for women and girls healing from sexual and domestic violence, presents Part 1 of The Case of Healing, Surviving and Thriving. She talks about critical foundations to thriving, such as in joy, happiness, and peace. And, she argues for a pursuit of wholeness, where thriving resides, which requires individuals to move beyond a fragmented life. Finally, Imani shares her personal story of surviving, healing and thriving by learning to live...


Episode 14: The Case of the Upper Lower Class

In this episode, C. Eric Ervin, a former emergency medical doctor, provides listeners with a compelling proposition about class, human behaviors and emotional well-being.