Anti-racism efforts require sustained, proactive education and engagement at all levels, including systemic and intentional efforts at the micro- (individual) and macro-(institutional) levels. Furthering anti-racism and injustice requires individuals to take responsibility for their own learning.
MARI looks to serve as a liaison in personal learning as well as a resource for anti-racism education through the following
three core actions:
MARI's Three Core Actions
1) Serve as a Resource for Anti-Racism through Public Education, Webinars and other forms of Public Outreach.
MARI looks to work with schools and our community by responding to their specific needs, which include learning better ways t o teach our children about diversity. MARI has identified select outreach programs, education, and resources focused on anti -racism that are available and tailored to educators, parents, students and youth in our community. We encourage you to use the information and resources in tandem with existing resources available to you in other personal and professional networks.
2) Development of a Youth Ambassador Program.
MARI seeks to further its message by giving older youth and young adults a safe space to find their voice, as well as serve a s a platform where they can express their passion for change. MARI strives to engage older youth and young adults to form their own MARI Ambassador Chapters within their schools and communities. We seek to partner with this new generation of leaders to stay engaged in current affairs and maintain a capacity of impacting local social change. Involvement may include, but is not limited to, collaboration with existing programs such as the Leadership Achievement Management and Professionalism (LAMP) Mentor Pro- gram and the Young Legislators Program.
3) Influencing Change and Impact on our School Curriculum
MARI maintains a goal of outreach to local school administrators and teachers to discuss ways to further diversify educational materials and resources to adequately represent all student races and ethnicity representations, as well as supplement the multi cultural perspective of historic events. Support in these areas may include, recommendations to further diversify administration and staff, recommendations for supplemental teaching material, evaluations of current policies, practices and procedures, identifying organizational strengths and weaknesses ("blind spots") and ideas on establishing support groups and mental health resources on campus that are accessible to underrepresented groups.