Welcome back listeners and a very happy new year! I’m your host, CRC!
We have officially begun Season 2 of the EDpiphany Podcast which will be launching on Wednesday, January 16th. Our theme for this season is Diversity and Inclusion. Tune in to the intro episode by clicking on the link below, or scroll down if you prefer to read the transcript.
Before you tune in, I highly recommend that you check out a TED Talk called “The Danger of a Single Story.” This talk was given by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In it she warns listeners to be wary of the single story they have of communities of people.
It would be irresponsible of me to broadcast these episodes without acknowledging that these stories are insufficient. Because this podcast will be interviewing a variety of brilliant people who have volunteered to share their stories, I want all my listeners to be mindful that any story that is told on this podcast is incomplete because, after all, it’s just a 30 minute snippet of one person’s entire life. Not only that, my guests are only one voice, and we shouldn’t allow their stories to become the only story we know about their communities.
If there are any episodes that move you, I encourage you to continue to learn and read and experience a variety of stories from people in communities that are different from yours. Our guests did not have to come onto this episode, and I am very grateful that they did, but it is up to everyone to take ownership of our own learning.
Additionally, in her talk Chimamanda reminds us that, “how stories are told, who tells them, when they are told, and how many stories are told, are really dependent on power.” Through this podcast I hope to use the power of my platform to honor my guests and their stories and I invite you to make that same commitment as you listen to all EDpiphany episodes.
What follows will be episodes that help us understand ways we can support Native students, transgender students, students of color, and students of different faiths. We’ll also talk about the difference between diversity and inclusion.
I can’t wait to share these stories with you every other Wednesday from January-March!
Shout out to Studio 85
Many of the interviews were recorded there and every now and then you’ll hear my good friend Joe, who is the techie behind the microphones chime in on the episodes as my consistent, honorary guest. Studio 85 is a FREE community resource provided by Highway 85 Creative, a local, experiential marketing agency specializing in trade show exhibits and office and retail interiors.If you’re in the Phoenix metro area and are curious about using this resource check out the show notes to learn more.
Carla Rivera-Cruz (CRC) is an educator and entrepreneur committed to helping like-minded educators reach their fullest potentials.