This Sunday we looked back on the 1st South Florida Anti-Poverty Summit, co-sponsored by Catalyst Miami, the Center for American Progress and Half in Ten. Joining us on air was the always awesome Kamalah Fletcher and Carla Strickland from Catalyst Miami to share in what was learned and where need to go next. The summit brought together State and local politicians, leaders, academics and community residents to address poverty from the position of the complexity inherent in addressing poverty: Education and criminalization, financial security, health, and housing and transportation. Each topic was tackled by a diverse group of people working to identify ways in which we can build the momentum of our movement to end poverty in South Florida.
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This week on RadioActive we shook it up! Normally we take this time to talk about social change and ways to challenge the dominant narratives in our society. But as all of you fine folks know, trying to change the world can be exhausting, so we spent this week talking about creative forms of self-care. Sara Green joined us from Vanderbilt University to share with us her concept of Embodied Divinity. This concept is a movement-based practice that invites participants into a space exploring the value and magic of bodies, bodies in community, and care, derived from womanist ethics. Sara discussed why it is important to understand our bodies and how to care for them in a complex and kinetic way, in order to sustain the important work of social change and avoid burn-out.
Listen here: RadioActive – Avoiding Activist burnout: Helping ourselves so we can change the world! by MixCloud
This past Sunday, Dr. Beth Harry, professor and Chair of the Teaching and Learning Department in the School of Education and Human Development, joined us on air to explore issues of the disproportionality of minority students in Special Education. Taking us through her own in depth, ethnographic research, she wove a stark narrative for minority children and their relationship to Special Education. We dove into the issues and implications of these outcomes and took a storytelling journey through disproportionality in our education system and how other systems intersect to perpetuate inequality in our communities and society.
Community….that warm and fuzzy place where we feel like we belong, sing kumbaya and live happily ever after…right? But what is Community? What makes up our sense of community? Why is this something that may be worth focusing some intentional energy towards? Joining me to talk about some of our own work in building community, this past Sunday, was a fellow PhD student Candalyn Rade from North Carolina State University. We dug into the construct of “Community” with some theoretical ways of thinking about the strengths and risks of building our own communities. We shared some of our learning from one of our projects aimed at building up the community within the South East Region of our national organization for Community Psychology (the Society for Community Research and Action, SCRA). We then discussed how our learning might be useful in campus and neighbourhood life as we think about the diverse communities we all find ourselves in.
RadioActive – But ‘evidence based practice’ sounds so pretty! The ethical dilemmas and limitations of prevention science
Joining us on air this past Sunday was Dr. Scot Evans, faculty member extraordinaire in the School of Education and Human Development. Dr. Evans shared with us his critique and thoughts on the limitations and ethical dilemmas of what we call ‘prevention science’: the application of science to preventing human suffering. As a critical researcher Dr. Evans helped clarify why (and when) it can in fact be harmful to apply ‘evidence-based programs’ that emerge from Prevention Science to communities that are not made to adapt to a communities needs and/or relevant to the local context or aimed at the root causes of the human suffering we are working to address.
Social Theory may, to many, seem irrelevant to our everyday lives, difficult to understand and downright dry. That is until you hear it from the mouth of Dr. John Murphy from the Faculty of Sociology at UM. Dr. Murphy joined us on air to explain how theory can connect to our everyday lives, and he went on to tell us how theory can impact us in how we conceptualize and act towards social change. What better way to dip our toes into the proverbial sea of social theory, then to have a theorist join us on air to push us to think about theory and its connection to the practical world in new and exciting ways. Dr. Murphy provides the necessary definitions, context and tangible on the ground examples to highlight the importance and all around awesomeness of social theory!
Critical consciousness is someone’s ability and awareness to critique the social structures around them that oppress and lead to human suffering, while simultaneously having the awareness that we have the ability to change these oppressive structures. Our guest Susie Paterson and me, your host Natalie, took listeners through personal stories and trajectories into critical consciousness: Those moments in life that helped expose the world and its oppressive structures. Susie navigated listeners through a complex and abstract concept with great examples of how this plays out in real life, and left us all with the advice - “go read everything”! Now that’s some advice I can get behind!
Traditional classroom environments have become incredibly normalized in how they are thought about and how they look all the way from kindergarten through our higher education – A new movement in Education challenges the “normal” way of doing/teaching/learning and is instead opting to “Flip the Classroom”. This week on RadioActive, we dug into the Flipped Classroom and the concept of Critical Pedagogy with Lindsay Buckingham-Rivard, a college instructor in Canada, who is pushing the boundaries of her classroom to try new and creative ways of engaging in learning with her students. She shared her perspectives, her pedagogy and examples from her classroom to highlight the different facets of this new Educational Movement
On this episode of RadioActive we posed the complex question: “What is this exciting and mysterious field we call Community Psychology (CP)?” In this quick and dirty introduction to the young field, we discussed how folks in CP think about and work towards building a healthier and more socially just world. We asked the What, How, Why and What Now, of CP, hearing neat examples of CP as applied to issues as diverse as environmental justice and prevention of social issues like drug addiction and poverty. Joining me on air to share their passion, perspectives and knowledge on the subject were Dr. Laura Kohn-Wood and Dr. Courte Voorhees hailing from the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami.
This past Sunday found us celebrating the transition of the host of RadioActive from Michael Matthiesen, Leader of the Sun Warriors, to Natalie Kivell. The two hosts came together to talk about “Why us, why now, why RadioActive?” The show looked to the past year, as this Sunday marked the anniversary of RadioActive’s presence on WVUM, and to the future.The engaging dialogue between past and present host started to challenge the assumptions we make about social change, they shared what has been accomplished in the last year, and finally dove into their hopes and dreams for a more socially just world.