Beyond Diversity 101 breaks from the vicious cycle of guilt, blame and victimhood, both in its curriculum and underlying philosophy. BD101 participants, regardless of background, are asked to engage with models that challenge traditional notions of how oppression operates. Workshop participants learn to identify, then to begin dismantling, the subtle ways in which apparent victims and apparent oppressors can both perpetuate the classist, sexist, racist and homophobic status quo.
In addition to the original Intensive, BD101 Basic launched in 1999, BD101 has continued to develop and offer a variety of multi-day intensive workshop experiences including BD101 RACE, BD101 YOUTH, and BD101-Remember, Resist, Renew.
PEACE, LIBERATION & THE ARTS SUMMER CAMP
The Peace, Liberation & The Arts (PL&A) Summer Camp provides a multi-week experience for youth, ages 13 - 18. In order to foster peace and liberation for Chester youth, we must address at least three circles – the personal, the family and the larger community. PL&A Summer Camps include goals that seek to impact each of these important circles of influence. We recognize that peace making is an inside to outside job and that building strong young activators of liberation requires an inner strength and balance that must be nurtured. We must also acknowledge and provide education about the systems of oppression and discrimination that hold communities like Chester in cycles of poverty and violence.
Therefore, our approach provides tools for inner reflection, historical and current events education, skill-building, artistic expression and opportunities to learn and serve through cultural exchange.
The Academy for Peace & Liberation Education is the newest initiative of 4 Circles Beyond. The AP&LE will be a high school with a concentration in liberation, peace, and transformational excellence.
PL&A Summer Interns conducted a Listening Project to gauge community support and guidance for creating the Academy (High School) in Chester. Working under the guidance of 4CB staff the 2018 Interns interviewed community members gathering invaluable perspectives on what it would mean to offer a high school education based in liberation.
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"Help us to heal so we can be a strong foundation where our children can heal, so they can be a strong foundation where our grandchildren stand upon a strong foundation, in a peaceful world."