Growing Teacher-Advocates

September 11, 2021 to October 9, 2021
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Eden Hall Campus, Chatham University

Cost: $400


This study group for K-12 in-service educators and administrators is intended as a race identity development and dialogue space. Educators of any race are welcome to meet four times as they read, discuss and embody Leah Penniman's book "Farming While Black."

As we discuss the book and what it means for educators' teaching practices, we will work on the farm at Chatham's Eden Hall Campus to help build new garden beds. This "work and talk" space will allow educators to be in a mindful, meditative, body-centric space as we dig deep into racial justice topics and their connection to sustainability and food systems. Social distancing and tool sanitation practices will be followed for the in-person farm work.

Learning Objectives (Educators will be able to…):

* Define racism and white supremacy through systemic (vs. individual) lenses

* Explain the history and current state of racism in the food system and society at large

* Plan personal action steps to integrate positive white teacher-advocate practices into teaching and daily life

*Explain why it is important for educators to talk about race in the classroom (including white educators with predominantly white students)

* Recognize and explain race dialogue facilitation practices in action

* Construct regenerative, biointensive garden beds and learn a selection of best practices for agroecology.

Dates and Times:

Saturday, September 11th – 9am-1pm

Saturday, September 18th – 9am-1pm

Saturday, October 2nd – 9am-1pm

Saturday, October 9th – 9am-1pm


Skukura Woods, MSCP (she, her, hers), Owner/Wellness Facilitator, Intimate Ascension, LLC Chatham alum and trained Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator; Madeline Hennessey (she, her, hers), Chatham Bachelor of Sustainability student and trained Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator; Chris Murakami (he, him, his), Assistant Professor of Agroecology and Food Studies.

Cost: $400* (does not include book)

*During the last session, participants will decide which local black-owned/led business or organization to donate half of their program fees to.


Fee : $400
Number of tickets remaining: 12



Eden Hall Campus, Chatham University

Contact Information

Kelly Henderson