“Food for Thought” Provides a Time and Place for Students to Talk About Diversity

Recently, many of our 5th and 6th grade students have been choosing to spend their lunch and recess time engaging in dialogue about diversity-related issues with Food for Thought. Food for Thought is a group that meets monthly with Linda, one of our  6th grade teachers, and Stephanie, one of our 5th grade teachers. Students talk about issues related to human diversity, working to gain a respect and appreciation for everyone.
Earlier this week our students discussed their own multiple identities, and how their personal identity shapes the way they see the world. Students unpacked the quote from Anais Nin, “We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are,” and applied it to current event topics, including Ferguson and the anticipation of the indictment decision. 


In the photo above, students visually represented different aspects of their identity -- including ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status -- on a transparency to symbolize the lens through which we often view the world. One student noted, “It’s hard to see what is important to someone else because your own stuff gets in the way.”