Alliance Equity Discussions

The Alliance is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its areas of work, including its legislative advocacy and engagement.

We believe that eliminating inequities, dismantling systems of oppression, and supporting initiatives that are led by and in support of historically-underrepresented and excluded communities are key to improving the lives of children and families in Vermont, and therefore, central to our work.

Many early childhood community members have renewed their personal and professional commitment to antiracism and diversity, equity, and inclusion – and want to engage in sustained learning. To support this, the Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance and its partners convene a monthly, salon-style Equity Discussion Group via Zoom.

These discussion groups are planned for the third Friday of each month at 1:00 pm. Below you will find resources from past discussions. Email Alliance Engagement Director, Dan Brown, at dan@vecaa.org with any questions and to register for upcoming discussions.

2022 Discussions

Jan 21, 2022 – Chris Dodge, Principal, Swanton Elementary School

Teaching Black History Month All Year Round

Feb 18, 2022 – Kayla Arena-Giron and Alyssa Chen, Education Justice Coalition of Vermont, and Amanda Garcés, Vermont Human Rights Commission

Principles of Education Justice in an Early Childhood Setting

April 15, 2022 – Cheryle Wilcox, Interagency Planning Director, Vermont Department of Mental Health

Principles of DEI in Children’s Mental Health Service Delivery

May 27, 2022 – Ali Dieng, Building Bright Futures, and Zoraya Hightower, Executive Director, Vermont Peace and Justice Center

Teaching Juneteenth

 

2021  Discussions

Nov 19,  2021 – Matt Levin, Executive Director, Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance

Winter Holiday Perils and Possibilities

Oct 15, 2021 – David Martins, Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

 National Youth Homelessness Awareness Month

Sep 17, 2021 – Judy Dow, Indigenous Scholar and Educator

Deconstructing Columbus Day and Thanksgiving Myths

Aug, 13, 2021 – Dr. Hannah Assefa, Educator, Milton Elementary School

Diversity in Music Education

June 18, 2021 – Xusana Davis, Executive Director of Racial Equity, State of Vermont

Juneteenth

May 21, 2021 – Dan Brown, Engagement Director, Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance

Reflecting on Our Own DEI Efforts in Vermont

April 16, 2021 – Dan Brown, Engagement Director, Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance

Resource Share Session

March 19, 2021 – Dr. Kaitlin Northey, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Vermont

White Supremacy Culture

Feb 19, 2021 – Amy Russo-Perler, Outreach Manager, Vermont Early Childhood Alliance, and Elena Gustafson, Director of Business Resources, Vermont Community Loan Fund

Discrimination Based on Speech

Jan 15, 2021 – Mary Zentara, Alliance Steering Committee Member

 Trauma Informed Care

2020  Discussions

Dec 18, 2020 – Anna Gephardt, Field Director, Let’s Grow Kids

How LGK Incorporates DEI Principles Into Their Work

 

Nov 20, 2020 – Charlie Gliserman, Engagement Director, Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance

How to Address Our Own Biases

 

Oct 15-16, 2020 – Beth Truzansky, Deputy Director, Building Bright Futures, and Amanda Biggs, Chittenden County BBF Regional Coordinator

How BBF Incorporates DEI Principles Into Their Work

 

Sep 18, 2020 – Charlie Gliserman, Engagement Director, Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance

Resource Share Session

 

Aug 21, 2020 – Charlie Gliserman, Engagement Director, Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance

How to Support Anti-Bias Work in Your Personal Life

 

July 17, 2020 – Charlie Gliserman, Engagement Director, Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance

Systemic Racism