Started on the campus of Eastern College (now Eastern University), Students Organized Against Racism held discussions and challenged students and faculty to deal with biases, prejudices, and systemic racism. The club dissolved on the campus over a decade after Felicia and other leaders graduated. As the unrest in our country came to a new level in 2020, Felicia contacted former members and friends to gather virtually with the same sort of goals in mind. The group meets almost monthly to discuss, learn, address the issues of bias, prejudice, and systemic racism that are still plaguing us and our country with a specific look at the Church's role in this and how it can be handled as Christians. The acronym has remained the same, but we now use it for Standing Openly Against Racism.
In July 2021, we start a 12-month series using Resmaa Menakem's book My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Our Bodies. Felicia is going through an online course in preparation for SOAR's first session with the workbook on July 24th.
AATE EDIA Committee
Felicia sits on a committee specifically focused on Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity, and Accessibility for the American Alliance for Theatre & Education. To find out more about the work of AATE in this effort, please click here.
EDTA Anti-Racism Consultant
Felicia was privileged to work with the Educational Theatre Association as they shaped their anti-racism statement. To follow EdTA's DEI initiative, click here.
ACTE IAED Mentorship Program
For more information about the IAED Mentors Program with the Association for Career & Technical Education, please click here.