Sex Ed Made Simple, Webinar #6


hello good afternoon everyone welcome to
webinar six in the series sex ed made simple this webinar series aims to
support educators school district administration and staff learn about
sexuality education would it include what it is why it’s important and how to
teach it each webinar in the series will be hosted by myself
Sasha Grenier with expert guest speakers during the webinar we will accept
questions in the question or chat window and weave them throughout so make sure
to be thinking of questions as we present and we’ll have time at the end
as well you will remain muted for this
webinar this webinar is also being recorded and
will be available on the Oregon Education Network sex ed site following
the QR code on this slide we’ll get you to that site or you
can go to https://www.oregonednet.org/groups/sex-ed likewise if this webinar gives you an interest in beginning further
conversations with your colleagues across the state please visit the
discussion forum page on the oregon educators Network sex and discussion
forum we can all continue a conversation there so today’s presentation will focus
on teaching culturally inclusive sex ed we are very excited today to
welcome LaShonda Friedrich and Elizabeth Sampedro LaShonda is a
research analyst at the Oregon Health Authority since arriving at OHA in 2011
she has written numerous reports on health disparities across the state
positive youth development approaches and an informational brief for best
practices for clinicians she has presented her research at conferences
around the country she has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from North
Carolina State University and holds a master’s of Public Health degree from
University of Hawaii at Manoa where she focused her research research in
culturally informed health curricula LaShonda resides with her
husband Dominic and Persian cat Gabriel in portland in her free time she enjoyed
spin barre 3 and reading book on finance or black history
Elizabeth here currently works as a program trainer for the my future my
choice program a sexual health education curriculum designed for students in the
sixth grade elizabeth graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry experience teen tobacco prevention and
teen pregnancy prevention her experience in public health have stemmed from her
passion in working with Latino community and her research has focused on
community-based teen pregnancy prevention interventions among latina
youth in the u.s. thank you both for joining us today we’re so excited to
have you so you know me I am Sasha Grenier I’m a sexuality education
specialist at the Oregon Department of Education my role here at ODE is to
support school districts and implementing effective healthy
relationships and sex ed and promoting health health and safety among students
across the state so let’s get started first a little recap we know that sex ed
is much more than sex right if you were to ask me I would say if everything it
provides information to support young people to create and maintain healthy
relationships explore their own values and boundaries
understand their rights understand their physical bodies and seek health care
when they need it it’s about building the social-emotional skills that it
takes to make healthy choices for ourselves and have respectful fulfilling
relationships with each other that’s why sex ed is a essential piece of health
education use skills from the foundation for healthy safe and fulfilling lives we
know that it works it has been shown to be effective in improving academic
success of students preventing dating violence and bullying it’s been shown to
help young people develop healthier relationships delay sexual initiation
reduce unintended pregnancies as well as HIV and other STS and reduce sexual
health disparities among lesbian gay bisexual transgender and other young
people we know how critical it is for students to learn this content and have
the opportunity to define themselves learn how to assert their health needs
and develop healthy and empathetic relationships however we also know that
often we leave some students behind especially those historically
underserved communities so everyone feel welcome in our classrooms are we
engaging everyone is our language and instruction feel
relevant to everyone in class do all students feel comfortable enough to ask
questions and get help when they need it we know that there are historically
underserved students in our classes such as students of color LGB and trans
students students differing abilities too often don’t feel included in our
classrooms and this has a huge impact because of this students face worst
health and academic outcomes so in sum all students have the right to access
sexuality education regardless of cultural backgrounds gender identity or
sexual orientation this webinar will focus on approaches to supporting
specifically our blacks and Latin X students in our sex ed classroom so now
let’s hear it from our guest speakers Elizabeth and LaShanda first up I’ll
pass the mic to a LaShanda welcome one second so my name is LaShonda
friedrich and today i’m going to talk about culturally responsive sexual
health education for black youth technical difficulties for LaShonda okay that’s okay I’ll take the control
back and I will change slides when you can be okay okay thanks okay next slide
all right so a little bit about where I sit I sit in the adolescent and school
health you nail with an Oregon health authorities Public Health Division our
vision is that Oregon is the very best place for all youth to learn grow and
thrive and our mission is to support the health of all youth and Oregon through
evidence-based and data-driven policies practices and programs
next slide and so a little bit about the adolescent
and school health unit within that unit there are four programs so we have the
adolescent health policy and assessment specialist and this person is tasked
primarily with tracking legislation that would impact adolescent health as well
as work with the Oregon healthy teen survey which some of you are educators
may be familiar with then we have school-based health centers and
currently we have 76 across the state we also have a school nursing consultant
who provides technical assistance and in partnership with ODE to increase the
presence of school nurses within schools and you have the youth
sexual health program which is where I sit I am funded by the personal
responsibility education program prep we have served about 8,000 youth since 2011 and
nine counties across the state with comprehensive sexuality education next
slide alright so we’re going to talk a little bit about switch gears we’re
gonna talk about some culturally responsive practices for your black
students one of the things as black people what we like to do we like to look back
because that informs where we’re going and so I want to share just kind of
provide a framework in some context to black sexuality in the United
States so first and foremost cultural origins of black love and sexuality so
this was before the transatlantic slave trade interrupted that so back in Africa
black blood and sexuality was reaffirming resilient it was between
consenting adults partners were valued and complimentary to each other
sex is intended to be pleasurable for both partners with the hopes of
bringing forth life and also it was a sacred act to build a strong foundation
for the home and community next slide okay but we all know unfortunately that
that did not last and so first before we go any further I want to take this time
to provide a disclaimer and some of the things that you’re going to hear may
have some things you make though some things bubble up this is not to ascribe
guilt or blame but this is just the truth these are people’s truths
that I’m going to speak I hope that you will lend me an emphatic ear and open
mind because the legacy left from slavery is
going to impact every black student that you teach because I’m going to talk
about how it permeates every inch of black society the only culture that I
can think of where our sexuality and our being has been used to weaponize us
again this is going to be a talking about race is hard and some things might
be uncomfortable but we will get through it and I hope you will leave informed
and kind of with a different approach and view of your students of color
specifically black students next slide all right so today we’re going to talk
about five sexual archetypes that emerge from slavery and the impact that they
have today I recognize that there are several other ones but the main ones
that I’m going to talk about are the mammy the Uncle Tom the Sambo the black buck and the Jezebel and all of these archetypes have socio-political
implications to this day I want you to come pay attention to the role that age
plays into these archetypes as well as whether they are deemed a sexual threat
to white people whether they’re deemed sexual competition for white people and
whether they are just a threat to white safety in general next slide so the
first thing we’re going to talk about is the mammy I am not sure how many of you have
seen gone with the wind but it’s one of my favorite movies but you remember the
Mammy you remember she was this you know
coarse sassy woman who had these one liners and she kept everyone in line but the mammy was an asexual yet maternal woman she was typically dark skin and obese and very
loyal to her white family and she was safe to have around and she was not deemed sexual competition and she also had privileges and a little bit of power
over keeping the plantation slaves in line so she was in the house and so she
would make sure that the the field hands were kept you know in check from slavery
through out the residence mammy serves the political so shows social and
economic interest of white America there is some debate about just really how
prevalent mammy’s were in slavery the mammy archetype kind of rose out of
reconstruction and so we’re not sure just you know how pervasive and how
many mammy’s there were obviously there were some but after the end of slavery
that’s when you saw Aunt Jemima there were doll like little mammy dolls
I’m gonna made some people very very wealthy I think mrs. buttersworth was worth so you can probably think of some some kind of mammy mammy-isms the maybe is still
prevalent in film and literature today so as you see there’s Tyler Perry we
also just think of as Madea we have Martin Lawrence as you know Big Mama
so you have these black men who dress up as these older kind of obese
dominating black women next slide all right the next one you have Uncle
Tom so this is kind of the mammy’s counterpart noting that they were married
but they were on that same side of the spectrum they were older they were no
longer deemed competition or threat to white people and the system of white
supremacy in general so Uncle Tom was from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s
Cabin and it was a loyalist it was an antebellum novel wrote about a
decade before the outbreak of the American Civil War
and the loyalty servant was whipped to death by his master for not betraying
other slaves modern Uncle Tom is flipped it’s morphed into something
different it’s a you know a black man who will happily and easily throw black
people under the bus you know to protect white society so kind of more from you
know this still sacrificing for his people to to white people Uncle Tom was
a god-fearing self-sacrificing loyal trusted servant to the family he was
submissive and docile and not aggressive towards white he again look at notice
the asexuality end of the past the sexual prime so that means he was
sexually non-threatening to white women and if you can see you on the side the
pictures they all have that same on look you see Shirley Temple dancing I’m not
sure who this character is like a mr. Bojangles or something but you would
never ever see especially back in those days and probably not now and Sidney
Poitier and his sexual character Harry Belafonte or Sammy Davis jr. dancing in
their prime dancing with a young girl because that was not something that
would be seen because he would be seen as a threat yep so again notice the asexuality and
past the sexual prime yes you may proceed now we’re going to head to the
other side of the spectrum if you do not remember any archetype out of this
please remember the black buck the black buck attributes are black men are
athletic and can work all day like animals so they’re not human they’re
these super natural sense and they are basically animals and can reproduce and
work just like them they’re hyper sexual they’re meant to reproduce without
attachment to offspring or partner while I’ve mentioned a lot about asexuality
the slave owner most definitely did not want a sexual slave he needed slaves to
breed so that they would produce more slaves and more revenue for him
but you have to remember back in those days the black man had no power to
protect his family he had no way to support that family he had no way to
protect his wife if she was being raped or his children if they were sold away
so there was this kind of detachment from the offspring or part there nothing
all and not you know but there there was this kind of removal because you could
lose them at any time violent strong barbaric and needs to
be controlled for Public Safety this archetype has been responsible for
suppressing by progress just to find and balanced imprisonment and lynching many
policies that have been used to continually disenfranchise blacks I’m
not sure if I can you see me pointing the third picture from the left is of a
white man in blackface so this came from DW Griffith’s Birth of a Nation in 1915
and this was a white man in blackface who was hiding under like a bridge and
just Lily white woman come out and he was gonna attack and rape her so instead
of you know being sullied and you know having the shame of being raped by black
man on her she decides to commit suicide that movie was basically a dog whistle
calls her arms that the black men needed to be controlled it also gave rise to
the most powerful of the Ku Klux Klan eras that which lasted for 15 plus years
on the reach of the Ku Klux Klan due to this movie even reach up to the White
House so we have to realize just how bad they they made that black buck
stereotype so next slide please okay so now we have this Sambo so now
the sambo also in his sexual prime but he has seen what’s
happened to the black buck once he forgot his place he could be punished
with whippings castration losing his family so the sambo says I
gotta go another way so this is a typically a grown man who is docile lazy
irresponsible and has an infantile and childish behavior and they had like a
child as attachments of a plantation master because this was a survival
mechanism because they thought they needed to suppress their black
masculinity and manhood to disarm white fear they saw what had befallen the black buck
and they wanted no parts of that so that’s where a lot of the Sambo is one
of the more pervasive archetypes that came out of slavery was just a bumbling
skinny the bumbling black words like ah yes master I was goin some because you
had to you had to fake ignorance because it was a way to save
yourself because if they knew you that you could read they knew you had
intelligence you could be killed for that next slide and the last one that
we’re going to come to is the Jezebel it’s a Jezebel so this emerge from the
slave trade in colonialism and it’s not only applies to Africa it applies to
places in Oceania or Australia Latin America in tropical areas and different
cultures they found the women to either be scantily clad not wearing a lot of
clothes and so they took this as sexually suggestive and the fact that they
use that for their own pleasure the white Jezebel was the antithesis an arch
enemy to a white woman back you know in those days the slave master had access
to any woman he wanted and the white women were typically the missus of the
house and powerless to stop it so you had white women who did
not want any young you know black female around and preferred the mammy because
they were not seen as sexual competition the Jezebel scene is seductive hyper
sexual tempting lewd predatory and research has shown to this day that black
girls are seen as more sexually mature than white girls of the same age this image of
Jezebel was also then used to imply that all black women want sexual relationships
with white men I mean used to justify slavery ownership and rape there was a
case back in the 1800s where a slave killed her master because he was raping
her and she went to court and she was found guilty and she was hung and that
sent the message that black women cannot be raped you are probably and this
extends to men too because black men were raped
you cannot be raped because he owned you
you’re just property and I think about even I can’t think of maybe you all can
but I can’t even think of in this modern day a lawsuit where a black woman has
successfully sued or had a white man prosecutor or her rape those scenes were
so kind of planted in flavor it is still thriving today that power
differential currently the black Jezebel is portrayed heavily in music
you see in a music videos you see it on social media you see film one of the
things that I want to call attention to really quickly is the last one it says
I went the last pictures as I went all the way with LBJ that was an actual
and it has like a you notice the vernacular and it’s like a very
caricature like a pikinny black woman who is pregnant well see back in this was done right after the civil rights movement there were black
families and communities together and a David and Goliath story working together
to get that Civil Rights Act passed they said they’re like okay well
this collective activism now we cannot have this and so what comes in is the
war on poverty in a great society black women are saying hey we’ll subsidize your lifestyle we’ll give you a free house we’ll give you
free food well you know give you a few pennies to take care of your children
but the catch is you can’t have a man around and some women fell for the
okie-dokie you saw all the manifestation of this that in the eighties when those
youth started to come of age with the crack wars and things of that nature
even today when i think about when they kind of removed the black man from
the homing leaves these societies vulnerable I think it’s like if you
watch a football game or a basketball game in it they always have this heart
felt like this was a son of a single mother who works many jobs but this this
white man this white family kind of came in and recognized his talent and pushed
him up and lifted him up you see that kind of before the you know college guys
I’ll roll my eyes but that was a way that white the white government could
continue to have some say and meddling in the black household I know that was
deep but I mean it is what it is next next slide please so now we’re going to
talk very very briefly all other influences on black sexuality I have
gone on about the racial and exclusion racism and exclusion religion so
Christianity the message is premarital sex is a sin and you know there are
anti LGBTQ sentiment household composition poverty neighborhood just
talked about those factors that promote and kind of keep families in that cycle
of poverty potential loss of autonomy your child it’s a childhood abuse of
being exposed to trauma you know maybe Firma parent who is not
there on drugs I’m historical traumas that have been
passed down a mass incarceration due to laws that are aimed at specifically
black men and just disparate sentencing laws and the HIV epidemic which still to
this day and disproportionately impacts the black community next slide here
is just some for your reference I’m not going to go through them to the risk and
protective factors for unintended pregnancy and STI infection impacted by
racism I’m an anti blackness I went through some of those and we just skip
that for your reference next slide next slide hi okay there we go there we
go I’m so I want to conclude and talk about
well we are returning to our roots where black love and sexuality is honored and
that we are forming the strong foundation for our families and
communities and passing that legacy down and we understand what our past has been
and has been traumatic but moving forward how can we build you know and
combat still this system of racism with our families because that’s the
basically family and love is the base it forms the space of our lives in our
community so while we’re still doing some work but I am happy to report that
we are we are on our way next slide all right and I’m gonna turn it over to
Elizabeth thank you all thank you so much LaShanda that was awesome Elizabeth
perfect so thank you so much I’m so happy to be here
I feel super honored to be able to talk about a topic and I think in the same
way that LaShanda has said it with a little bit of a disclaimer I also want
to talk about a little bit of a disclaimer when we talk about culturally
inclusive classroom specifically for Latino youth and and one in seeing that
Latino population is super diverse and I’ll talk about this a
little bit more but the topics that we’re going to go over in some of these
slides are some of them are our main generalizations and and commonalities
but it’s not the one lived experience it’s not the only experience and so I
definitely want to provide that it’s a little bit of a disclaimer that applies
to to the situation so yeah so a little bit of an overview yes so I am I work
currently for Department of Human Services as a program trainer for the my
future my choice program so a little plug for that we are a lesson
curriculum half of which are peer led and half of which are led by a health
educator or teacher in the classroom so it’s really really
exciting to see this work I’m incredibly passionate about it because you really
see it play out in the classroom and how sex ed isn’t just about sex ed but I think
Sasha’s touched upon that pretty well and so we’ll just go ahead and dive into
this topic and so before we begin I wanted to cover some of the the different areas
that we’re going to be talking about and one of them being sort of comparing
differences between culture and diversity exploring latinos and
sexuality and also just general tips for how to create this in culturally close
inclusive classroom so before we get started I’m a big definer person so I
like to define terms so that I can better understand them and so I looked
at what we defined culture as being and so a great definition that I found that
I really really loved was that it’s not just the languages customs and beliefs
but it’s also the knowledge and collective identities and memories that
we developed by members of all social group that make up their social
environments meaningful and one of the important things about culture is that
it’s adaptive and transformative so it’s ever changing it’s not just a one and
done it’s something that is both proactive and reactive to its
surroundings and and one of those things that is keeping people United and
feeling a sense of unity and togetherness then when we look at
diversity diversity has a sort of a similar kind of feel to it and that it’s
including race it’s including religion it’s including all of these other
identities by which we think of ourselves as and one of the most
important I think is the lived experiences so our life experiences are
also a piece of who we are a piece of this diverse diversity in our thought
process diversity in terms of our culture and looking at how these things
are impacting how we take sex education and so why is it we’re going to talk
about this so cultural belief shape our understanding of sexual health what
we’re taught from a young age impacts us throughout so whether it be gender roles
whether it be our relationships around healthy relationships whether or not
something is considered healthy or not whether or not an appropriate age
difference is really an appropriate age difference depending on whether it’s
younger or older communication who’s doing the talking is it males that
are doing the talking or is it females are doing the talking
what if you’re not female or male who should be doing the talking talking
about LGBTQ plus issues but our acceptance of
ourselves and our self-acceptance of our own sexuality and other sexuality and
parental respect and norms and looking at what defines sexual education
cultural beliefs are one of those things that encompasses all of that so we are
ever the from the moment that we’re born we are learning what is acceptable we’re
learning what appropriate behavior is and it’s all defined by our culture and
so when we look at Latinos and the Latino population here in Oregon Latinos
make up 12% of Oregon’s population which is approximately four hundred ninety six
thousand people the median age for Latinos in Oregon is twenty four point
three meaning that Latinos in Oregon are young and it’s also shown in our schools
so currently they make up twenty one percent of all K through 12
students and while we have the assumption that Latinos are mainly
identify as Mexican we actually have a variety of different groups and so
whether it be individuals that are from Central America or Nicaragua South America so now we’re heading to Chile Peru my
friends in Colombia or Puerto Rican or Cubano’s or Dominican so whether it is
that they identify as one of these other nationalities they still make that part
of that population in Oregon and so to talk a little bit about okay so now
we’ve defined a little bit of where this culture is coming from now to define a
little bit more of the sexuality piece and so we’ve we talked about how sexual
IDs not just about sex however in the Latino community there’s a strong
sexual silence so generally it’s not talked about
there’s a strong taboo it’s extremely taboo to even mention it to start
talking about it on a young age is just unheard of and parental communication
regarding sexuality is often lacking for some of the similar reasons and it’s
seen as something that is very dirty it’s it’s not something that you should
be talking about a different type of person a more promiscuous person talks
about it maybe someone that works in different industry talks about it but
not someone who is a good behavior or someone that is more acceptable in
society there’s a lot of research that has been shown that there’s there’s a
strong gender difference in that many latino men often know more than latino women in terms of words to describe different sexual acts and latina
women tend to be left a little bit more in the dark and given the message
of don’t open the legs and you’ll be fine and that’s it and so those kind of
messages are very very strong in the latino community and then before we
move on I wanted to sort of make a little bit of a pause and talking about
Latinx and so in terms of the term Latinx if we’re not talking about
sex and we’re not talking about our sexuality then what’s to say that we’re
going to start talking about our gender identity and so Latinx is one of
those terms that is I think a little bit more of a newer term for a lot of people
a lot of communities I tend to find a lot of individuals that aren’t super in
the know about it so I wanted to take the opportunity to make sure and explain
it and so when we talk about Latinx it’s a gender neutral alternative to
just saying Latino latina or even latina with the little @ symbol
and it includes people who are trans queer a gender non-binary gender
non-conforming or gender fluid so here we’re talking about all genders if you
don’t fit one or the other this this is a term that could be more inclusive and
the reason that this has sort of come up or sort of the
background to this to this term is that the Spanish language is very gendered so
even objects have a gender so when you refer to a table it’s Lamesa so la
being female when you refer to a car it’s referred to el Cuchillo or el carro
so in that sense there’s already a difference now when we talk about people
we talk about a group of doctors and say they’re all female doctors we say las doctoras as soon as one male joins that group it becomes los doctores to be
more respectful of the male that just joined that group even though
there’s more females in the group than there are male but anyway so it’s more
of an inclusive term and so it’s one that has been coming up pretty
frequently and I think for a lot of individuals it’s been there’s been a
little bit of controversy actually for some people because the
Spanish language is so it’s part of your culture it’s part of your
flavor and part of your knowing that you’re a latina or Latino and part
of the argument is that actually this is something that is more uniting and it’s
not trying to be exclusive it’s more inclusive and so for those individuals
that don’t fit but still love the fact that they are latina they have
their strong culture this is for them that’s again that’s not to say that this
is like oh if I don’t fit then I have to use that not at all but it’s a term that
I think I’m coming out and that is just as often as I said in here and so coming
back to to where our sexuality is impacted and how it’s impacted there’s a
lot of different factors that can impact how we learn or rather what is learned
and the lack of and some of those them from general embarrassment or shame as
also language barriers and a fear of a el que dirán and saying that the Latino
latinx community is very strong in numbers in collaboration and unity and
in culture and food and language if you identify as being Latino oftentimes
again not to say that every this is everyone’s experience but if you find
someone shares your culture shares your language
you get excited because you have a shared experience and you’ve probably
gone through similar things and you feel that connection and in that same way
because there’s probably that embarrassment and shame as well and
talking about anything that has to do with sex and sexuality there’s also a
little bit of that fear like well if I ask something what are other people
going to think I know that this is one thing that when I was younger and
growing up and having the one talk I think that I had in my entire adult
adolescence period adolescent period I think was that well you know what what
is your aunt gonna say if she finds that you’re talking about or what is this
person gonna say or or don’t say that because one of people don’t think about
you and so I think that there’s that strong sense of fear of really what are
other people going to say about my daughter talking about or asking these
types of questions and knowing these things in terms of a relation for
promiscuity and then of course you have racism I mean you have income status and
immigration status which are other things that are highly impacting your
knowledge and access to learning about different sexual health topics and your
marital status I think there’s a lot of studies that have shared that depending
on your marital status there again and comes back to that fear and shame that
you may be embarrassed to ask certain questions of your physician or your
doctor or your nurse if you’re not married why if you’re not married you
should not be having sex so if you are asking these questions and you’re not
married then what are you doing and then there’s the piece of acculturation so
how much have we been exposed to the culture in which we are living in terms
of our dominant culture so like culture and then talking about religion so again
there’s there’s that need that there that you need to wait until marriage in
order to be sexually active and then of course the gender role in inequity so
knowing that there’s differing different expectations between those that identify
as male and those that identify as female however if we look among parents and
adults it’s interesting because a lot of research has shown that Latino and
Latinx and Latina parents are the ones that are probably one of the most
supportive of their students gaining this information because they themselves
do not have the same the right information or the correct information
and there’s a difference in language there’s a difference in that culture
being second generation or third generation and they have their own
embarrassment or fear so a lot like I mentioned a lot of these behaviors have
been strongly associated with different levels of promiscuity and so that’s
directly going against religious and conservative family values a lot of
parents never had a role model it’s been shown that sexual talk especially
in the in a romantic relationship is super disrespectful so if they
themselves didn’t experiences and didn’t really learn any of these topics until
they were married and probably having kids there’s not really that notion that
maybe their children should know so they they easily that maybe their children
should be much older before talking about these topics and that also in the
countries that our parents originated from there’s the chance that talk about
sex and sexuality is limited and this can especially vary I think when we
think about the different countries of origin and then also you know where our
parents are growing from are they you know from the city maybe there’s
more exposure to different programs there’s different exposure to different
schools and education are they from you know itty bitty of rural town outside
another you know major city and so those are all factors that are influencing
this and so now that I’ve provided a little bit of that cultural context to
talk about a little bit more about what works again latino community latinx community is a strong believer and family family unites and as this
is one of those things that is a strong unifying piece Latinos Latinas and
Latinx traditionally turn to their family in communities for help and advice so
when you hear of an individual that has a bad experience going to X Y Z clinic
chances are that though that individual friend’s going are pretty
slim to none that so it’s a it’s a big network that shares our information so
information is greatly shared especially if something is going good that is
shared especially something like that that’s also shared but parental
influence has been cited as one of those huge reasons and primary reasons for
youth avoiding teen pregnancy and so parents are actually one of the most
influential and a lot of recent research has shown that actually moms tend to be
even a little bit more influential than their parents then father figures and
so in terms of those types of households moms are often seen as sort of the best bet also understanding our cultural values and significance without judgment
or fear I think youth are really in tune with realizing whether or not there is
judgment especially if maybe an understanding machismo and if someone
has accepted that is like this is this is how it is and you know there’s not
really necessarily anything maybe wrong or bad or or this is how it’s been
accepted for me to not not characterize that with with judgment and not look at
it as something like oh shoot like this is not how this should be an
understanding that identity and culture are highly intertwined and that there
are various forms of identity you know someone might we just you know introduce
the term of Latin X however again someone may it may be more comfortable
saying I’m a Latina I’m Chicana I’m a blacksexican I’m a boricua whatever it may be but becoming more
familiar with these different terms as understanding the historical reference
and understanding the cultural references and then of course just
fostering relatability connectivity and commonality so again because these
experiences are common it doesn’t mean that they’re unique but they are common
and so often these are experiences that can be shared and can again bring
students together and unite students in the learning process and not make them
feel ashamed of saying well you know I know a lot
less than my white peers about condoms or about contraceptives or about sex in
general so I don’t have to feel bad about that because chances are my fellow
peers are that way too so making sure that we’re understanding that difference
and making sure that we are in tune with that so some just key pieces or spots
and where you can start just universal teaching tools number one definitely
examining your assumption so also not assuming that because you know someone’s
history or life experience that now you know their are identity we always
definitely want to ask you know what do you prefer I think there’s a notion that
because someone looks has dark skin has black hair brown eyes that they speak
Spanish and it may not be that case because of historical trauma because of
racism that their parents decided not to teach their child Spanish because they
thought that it would provide better outcomes and better opportunities I’m so
being in tune with your assumptions and making sure that we’re really reflecting
upon what we’re actually seeing and not adding more value to what we’re seeing
modeling inquisitive language and behavior I think is one of those that is
kind of really easy to start to do making sure that we’re knowing how to
pronounce unfamiliar names I was just saying off the air with Sasha that I
was so glad she said my name was Sampedro because there’s countless
times where people say San Pedro and it’s kind of like that a
little awkward moment inside of me that goes that’s right you’re a little bit
different but that’s okay that’s cool you love yourself so that’s that’s what
matters and definitely I think when whenever talking about idioms and
whatnot making sure that we’re explaining them for the purposes of
those that are maybe non-native English speakers and also this I’ve
noticed can be a generational thing and not just like an English language thing
and also using multiple diverse and diverse examples so making sure that
we’re talking about all gender identities so maybe Latin X is the term
that you our students want to use then use it you
know taking what they want to do and leading with that also
establishing ground rules for interaction and having your students
create those is a huge motivator and push for them to realize that this is
their classroom this is their learning environment and it can be conductive to
their learning of course being mindful of low ability cues so avoid the yeah
sure I’ll I’ll be I’ll be happy to help you with this I know girls have trouble
with math realizing that we’re already setting a low bar and an association
with females and math and so making sure that we’re avoiding things like those
and then number six definitely not asking students to speak
for their entire group next slide we know that minority students
often report feeling invisible or sticking out like a sore thumb so we
definitely want to acknowledge this and making sure that that we’re not having
these experience heightened because of when they are and they’re asked to be
you know Maria or Elizabeth you know what do you think as far as you know in
your culture what what does that happen and making sure that we’re avoiding I’m
sure it goes without saying but I’m making sure that we’re avoiding those
kind of situations because they can have implications on student performance
definitely using diverse experiences and perspectives as a resource but also not
expecting your students to be your resource and to be responsible for your
own learning and planning opportunities for all students to contribute input
related to their own culture and again avoiding making any student or cultural
representative now turn it back over to Sasha sorry
LaShanda to talk about creating an inclusive space optimal for learning as
far as the educator so thank you for that Elizabeth so some tips for creating
an inclusive space optimal for learning so as an educator is important to
reflecting your own personal values and biases educate yourself and others on
the legacy of slavery black and line-x Street and sexuality and how it impacts
you today take time to understand various identity terms specific to the
community and you work with it and live in such as XC kana now I’m gonna butcher
that one what is it I say Chicana black Marika etc buddy you get my old country
accent away what is that work in partnership with parents families and
communities and like Elizabeth said one of the the biggest things that you can
do for black youth as well is work with their families work with their
communities work with their churches because that’s where they get a lot of
their information from and a lot of that information shapes their lives as well
so create a positive equitable environment for all students one of the
things that I don’t know if others can and I can pick up on even subtle
differences if I’ve been treated just a little bit different I’m again it’s just
that that survival mechanism and a lot of students of color or who are maybe
not in the dominant society can feel that so to have that warm positive
equitable vibe for all the students because they can tell and once you do
then your integrity and your clout with them as raised
so get support from others if you have questions again it’s fun you’re
you’re not expected to know everything you’re not expected to agree with
everything but if you have questions ask others or go to the Internet so mr.
Google allow yourself grace and room to grow
it’s okay to be uncomfortable that’s one of the things especially when we’re
talking about race people don’t want to approach this situation because they
feel that they’re gonna say the wrong thing again people can tell genuinely
but your intent is and if you’re trying and you know you slip up and you’re
graceful about it a person of color is not having public you know now that
might not work you know so it is all learns we want to really transcend
races we’re going to get our hands dirty and there
some things you said so we’re just learning from each other and growing
together so it’s okay next slide all right some key things all you’d need
to know during sexual health education so these are just the key takeaway that
matter sex gender identity race whatever these
are things that are used need to thrive once day they leave our classroom so
they need to know how to negotiate abstinence or safe sex with partners how
to identify healthy relationship traits and where to get help or resources when
you did ways to resist pressure to have sex from peers media and partners is a
lot of hypersexuality being portrayed and music and you know media so how to
resist that how to kind of carve their own lane they need to know the various types
of contraceptive is how to use them where to get them how much they cost how long
are they used for they need to increase their self-efficacy and positive youth
development opportunities so what opportunities are in your school or
community that you can volunteer to have some enrichment on top of their academic
studies or if they’re adequate access to sports or volunteer opportunities or
you know trades things like that something to keep their mind occupied
and how to communicate with the parents that is key and so there’s this myth
that Oh kids don’t listen to their parents and that is so not true
parents are more influential than our friends are the media especially in
early adolescence parental opinions on healthy relationships as in and
contraceptives matters so definitely start with them because they are the
first teacher when it comes to a sexual health education next slide oh and that
is it for me thank you both so much sorry I’m getting over a cold here so I
sound a little strange but yeah that was fantastic I would love to open it up now
to the audience for some questions so start typing those into the
question box or into the chat window and we will check that and answer anything you
have for us I also wanted to say that these additional resources that are
provided by our wonderful presenters will be available on the Oregon ed net
site in fact the entire presentation will be available there and you can
always reference back to these resources whenever you like so let’s see what
sorts of questions you all have nothing yet so I wondering Elizabeth I had a
question one of the things that you were talking about where some Latino youth
and Latino parents as you were describing I may not have gotten that
information on their own when they were younger or even your adulthood does that
and you implied that that made them often more hesitant to talk about topics
do you ever find it being the opposite like that no no no I
didn’t get this so you need this yeah absolutely absolutely I think that often
times they are very hesitant for them themselves to talk about those topics
but they want someone else to come in and talk to them because they realize
they realize themselves I don’t have the capacity to even talk about these topics
or I don’t have the capacity to even define these things correctly but my
student needs to know them because I know I struggled yeah yeah and it’s also
interesting to think that you know a lot of the students in our classrooms have
this different background information like they’re coming from a very
different position and to kind of gauge that ahead of time so we know how to
approach learning for sure all right any question for our presenters oh here we
got one all right there is a lot of emphasis on including the parents can
you talk about navigating language barriers hmm I think the biggest piece
of advice there is if you can find I remember when my little sister was at a
middle school and so for my parents it was one of those things I was off to
college and so it fell to my next in line so my little sister and so
after school they had a very impressive board of staff so there are staff
members found other other Latino parents that were also in the school but that
works there and so whether it’s a band teacher whether I think at this school
it happened to be one of the school counselors happened to be bilingual and
happened to be from actually the same region I think that my parents and it
being it was a perfect match where they involved with counselor and said hey we
have the situation we’d like to get the student into these courses but we need
to talk with the parents about this XYZ and involving that staff member just
because that staff member is not a teacher just because they’re not some
other capacity doesn’t mean that they can’t be involved and then of course
there’s the issue of compensation I think I think definitely using your
resources wisely and then making sure that we are looking into what resources
we have because I think in schools we should have some sort of whether it be
translator or someone available to address those language barriers and I
just wanted to remind you that our presentation that we did in October I
believe our webinar from October focused on parent engagement parents and
community engagement so for more conversations about really how to most
effectively engage in our communities parents and guardians and others refer
back to that webinar does it have some great tips on on kind of how to navigate
these diversity of communities that our students come from and what that could
require whether you know thinking about things like transportation translation
childcare and really how to hone in on how to welcome communities that
often don’t feel welcome in the school setting so definitely check that out ok
let’s check in for some questions none yet we’ll just hold on for a couple more
minutes and on the slides here I’m going through some more resources that our
presenters put together and their contact information here on this last
slide and then the final slide again is our QR code for our sex ed site so what
was a website that we have put together and a reminder to join us for next
month’s webinar it’ll be Friday at the same time three
to four on March 29th and a topic will be sexual health motion as violence
prevention so really another very important topic for folks to tune in for
so if there are no further questions guess we’re going to tune out now thank
you all so much for spending your your Friday afternoon with us and feel free
to contact one of us if you have any questions and of course visit our web
site where you can continue the conversation with your peers alright
have a wonderful day enjoy Thank You LaShanda and Elizabeth
thank you

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