Summary of Empathy & Bias

Many thanks to all in the growing Equity Unbound network for insight into Empathy & Bias.  We are delighted to now have over 430 subscribers to the blog, 369 followers on Twitter (@UnboundEq), and an ever expanding community of engaged contributors to our #unboundeq hashtag on Twitter.  The conversation theme of Empathy & Bias will of course continue beyond this particular #unboundeq cycle, but the past two weeks have certainly paid special tribute to our collective understanding of how both empathy and bias works.

We’re particularly grateful to all who joined in our Empathy & Bias conversations which include -the public annotation of Lina Mounzer’s powerful article entitled “War in Translation“, -the “flash” twitter chat of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s The Danger of a Single Story, and so many reflections on Binna Kandola’s video on Diffusing bias. We also paused to consider whether a game can truly induce an empathetic experience by playing both Syrian Journey and Spent.

Another special highlight from this Equity Unbound cycle includes our first Studio Visit conversation:

This meaningful conversation covered much important ground, from thinking about identity, borders, and translation, to considering intersectionality and the problem of “cultural taxation”.  And as we continue to cover important ground together as a network, we invite all educators, students and open participants to contribute resources and activity ideas to Equity Unbound, for others to benefit, learn, and get inspired. Did you find a video or article that fits one our themes? Suggest it as a resource. Did you try an in-class activity that works well with one of our themes? Suggest it as an activity.

Next up!  –A two week conversation about Equity.  Together we will explore this theme, particularly in relation to digital spaces and interactions. The internet and pervasive use of online information has changed the global learning landscape. The rapid acceleration and adoption of digital content for learning is a pressing catalyst for digital equity.  So what does it mean to be a “good” digital citizen in a globalized context? How can we recognize and redress conditions that deny some students access to the educational opportunities enjoyed by their peers. How can we work together to create and sustain equitable and just learning environments for all?

We are excited to be growing some community momentum.  Please remember, the invitation remains open and you are always welcome to jump in and join the Equity Unbound learning collaboratory as we continue explore new questions together!




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