Everyday Speech: Equity Statement

We at Everyday Speech, like most of the world, have been saddened, angered, and outright disgusted by the course of recent events including the murder of George Floyd, who is just one victim of the many acts of injustice, brutality, and systemic racism aimed at people of color.

In the weeks since the murder of George Floyd, we’ve taken time to think deeply about the role Everyday Speech can play in the future of an entire generation of learners. We’re committed to taking careful, deliberate action with the aim of promoting Transformative Social-Emotional Learning and undoing acts of racism and inequality. We believe there is no more important work than this and in order to do it well, we cannot take quick reactionary steps. Therefore, we are making a short term and long-term plan that will span the course of the next two years and beyond.

As a diverse team with members from all over the world, we’ve had open discussions with our staff about the injustice occurring in our country, both educating and learning from each other. We’re committing to ensuring company wide equity consciousness to provide leadership positions to people of all races. We’re also auditing our own processes to figure out how we can support diversity at every level of our organization.

As part of the important work to be done, we’re dedicating time to learn from leaders in the field about how we can promote equity in all of our materials. We feel that forming an Equity Council will help make certain that diverse stories and voices continue to help our materials foster empathy through sharing and storytelling. We’ll strive to make sure that all students and adults regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender, abilities, and religion feel represented in the materials we put forth. We also feel that learning from Trauma-Informed SEL resources will provide a critical mental health lens that is vital for all students across the globe whether they experience trauma from the pandemic or a lifetime of racism and historical oppression.

Now is a crucial time in education. Our goal is to make sure our curricula fosters inclusivity, kindness, self-reflection of our own personal biases, and dedication to forming citizens who stand up for justice not only for themselves but for those experiencing inequality. 

None of us are well until all of us are well.

Thank you,

Brittany and Cal Brunell and all of us at Everyday Speech

Comments

Kellie Ann Moore says

Hi! I am a Calif. licensed attorney (19 years), experience developing neurological drug products for FDA approval and teaching "Medical Products & the Law" to USC School of Pharmacy masters program. I am also Mom to 10 year old twin boys with Autism & ADHD...and speech/social communication issues. We love using the Everyday Speech videos - real kids, real stories, real settings make a world of difference - especially with abstract concepts. Love to help and share experiences, and knowledge! Thank you...

Amy Freeman says

Yes, I would love to be a apart of these discussions.

Lisa Decker says

Hi Team, I am an Australian Speech-Language Pathologist (37 years of experience) and an enthusiastic use of your materials with my young clients. I really applaud your decision to formulate an 'equity panel' - it sounds like a really forward thinking idea. I would love to be involved but due to the time differences this would be tricky!! I wish you luck in your endeavours Regards Lisa

Valerie Westrick says

Equity for all

alienor guilhem says

I would be open to help your team a few hours per year as I am a mother of a child with mild disabilities and your app made a world of a difference in our everyday lives in the past 3 years.

Brooke Woodhouse says

I absolutely love Everyday Speech and love this idea! Thank you for continuously looking for ways to help our students!

Channing M Akinrinade says

Hello, My name is Channing Akinrinade. I am a speech language pathologist who has been employed by a large public high school for the last twenty years. I have been in the profession for 32 years. I am just about 5 years away from retirement but I have been employed in a number of different settings over my career: private practice, group homes, elementary schools, Autism program, sheltered workshops, health dept. speech and hearing center for preschool students, home-based early intervention, nursing homes, day rehabilitation center, and a ventilator support hospital. I believe I can contribute all that I've learned over the course of my career to this question of how to operationalize this concept of equity in education. As a woman of color who has worked in schools with low resource as well as in schools that are resource rich, like my current place of employment, I can say that there definitely needs to be a concerted effort to balance the scales in anyway possible to increase equity.

Rebecca Prather says

Please include me in your Equity discussions

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