EQUITY STORIES believes that power is held by those
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We believe that everyone has a story to tell. They come from our lived experiences, triumphs and tragedies, and everything in-between.
These stories shape your narrative and determine your destiny. And, you are important in defining how your story will be told.
You are your story.
We believe that all stories are important, even those that others tell about you.
For example, when someone passes-on and becomes an ancestor, it is important to tell their stories and carry on their legacy. It also includes stories of individuals that overcome challenges and move on to find greatness.
Telling their stories keeps them relevant and present. For us, they act as guideposts, information, and inspiration for all present and future community endeavors.
DEFINING THE NARRATIVE
RECLAIMING THE POWER
It’s often been said that history is written by the winners. But, it should be said that history is written by the people in charge of the winning side; the people with the power and resources.
Many people write.
But, it’s only those that have the resources to amplify their message that write history.
EQUITY STORIES reclaims the power to write history by amplifying the message of those who have been locked out and allowing them to define their own narrative.
We believe that doing better starts with learning and knowledge. And, we believe in teaching.
We also recognize that different individuals, agencies, and organizations will say words like narrative justice, media literacy, or equity and mean something different than we mean when we say them.
These differences can lead to confusion.
And, confusion slows impact.
So, we’ve gone ahead and given you our definitions below.
Narrative justice calls for all communities to be given voice and agency.
It recognizes that this starts with representation and demands that the power of the narrative be shared by the communities that are traditionally locked out.
It returns autonomy to these communities, allowing them to seek their own counsel, explain their own problems, and self-select their own solutions.
And, it requires that all individuals be given the space to speak, share, and be the protagonist within their own stories.
Media literacy is a process that involves a critical assessment of all content.
It aspires to consider all media in the context of its social, political, and cultural messaging. This includes, but is not limited to
And, its goal is to understand the purpose or outcomes desired from the iconography presented.
Social equity recognizes that what is just and fair is different for individuals dependent on their need.
“Fighting for equity” refers to the recognition that systemic racism (and other -isms) exist, and that laws, policies, and processes must be changed to protect all people and project all voices.
WATCH A BRIEF VIDEO explaining Equity vs. Equality by a powerful youth voice.
Equity is empowering people of color to be the change agents in their communities. White people are given the resources to solve the problems they have created for people of color. We deserve those resources.
Dr. Keli Christopher
FOUNDING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF STEM GREENHOUSE