Date(s) - 03/15/22
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Cultural Competence in the Workplace

Virtual Meeting

From Cultural Competency to Equity Literacy: Rethinking the Role of “Culture” in Educational Equity   Over the past decade, school districts in Ohio have been required to implement PBIS frameworks that support the social and emotional growth of all students and consider issues of equity when adopting that framework. We believe educators can and should lead equity and social justice transformation in their school districts. But how can educators cultivate the skills and consciousness to recognize, respond to, and begin to redress institutional inequities within educational settings? Participants will engage in activities featured in Ohio Education Association (OEA) training and learn about professional development topics offered by OEA that are designed to guide training participants as they unpack personal beliefs, examine institutional barriers, and begin to respond to and redress inequitable school practices that are present in their professional settings.


Makia Burns has been an activist, community, and union organizer for over 20 years. Her passion for racial and social justice has been the driving force behind her success. She grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from Miami University. After leaving college, she became a union organizer for labor organizations such as UNITE, SEIU, and the Teamsters assisting thousands of employees to become union members. As a housing advocate, she worked to establish partnerships so communities can gain access to credit and capital. Before returning to Ohio, she worked as an environmental community organizer engaging and empowering communities facing an environmental crisis to stand up for their rights to access to clean air, water, and land.    Makia has been an Organizer for the Ohio Education Association (OEA) for 9 years, she works with union members on building capacity, member engagement, racial and social justice issues, crisis intervention, community engagement, and professional development. Makia is a certified trainer in Trauma-Informed Teaching, Equity Literacy, and Restorative Practices. She is also a co-founder of Honest Dialogue…, which advocates facilitating discussions around the social impacts of race/racism in our communities and empowering individuals to disrupt inequitable systems. She resides in Columbus, Ohio with her daughter and partner.


Meeta Bass, COLERA President and Arbitrator/Mediator

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