My hope when I think about working with children and families of diverse backgrounds is that I will never stop learning and changing myself to better support children and families. I know real change must start with self-reflection and personal growth before I can truly affect others. I hope to never disrespect children or families of any background consciously or unconsciously. I hope to be a positive role model for my students on the importance of diversity, equity and social justice. I hope to remember all change in a positive direction big or small make a difference and I can an do make a difference everyday.
My goals for the field of Early Childhood is to better prepare future teachers and continue to train current teachers in the issues of diversity, equity, and social justice. Teachers have an enormous amount of influence on generations of children; we need to be aware of conscious and unconscious ways we are contributing to these issues. The field of Early Childhood should strive to provide teachers with more information about families and resources to properly understand different cultures and diverse group within their classroom.
Throughout this course my understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice have been strengthen through the readings, panel discussions, and personal stories from colleagues. I truly appreciate the personal stories, I found they had the greatest impact on me. The personal stories made me realize how many different aspects of diversity there really is and how much social injustice can affect children. Thank you for sharing you thoughts, feelings, and personal stories. I will continue to learn, grow, and change as I continue in my journey. I will hold onto these stories as constant reminders to never lose site of the issues of diversity, equity, and social justice.
Thank You All!