Tattooing is the most misunderstood art form in Japan today. Looked down upon for centuries and rarely discussed in social circles, people with tattoos are outcasts in this country, banned from most public spaces such as beaches, bathhouses, and even gyms. Tattoos have an extensive history in Japan, and to truly understand the stigma behind them it is essential to be aware of their significance. The first records of tattoos...Read More
This summer, we shared our plans to continue evolving as an institution and community by placing a further focus on racial equity and diversity training.
Roughly three months have passed since this decision was made, and our strategic focus has shifted from the planning phase to one of implementation. As of September 1st, all THINK Global School staff members, both onsite and remote, have started undergoing intensive training through our partnership with The Passare Consultancy, and our students have begun participating in prescribed workshops of their own.
An update on our overall progress can be found below:
- Changemaker Cohort 2 (CM2) staff completed Implicit Bias Assessment and Training (RISE Training) and Anti-Racism training (The Uncomfortable Conversation: Tackling Institutional Racism) on August 29th and 30th
- Remote staff completed Implicit Bias Assessment and Training (RISE Training) on September 1st.
- Changemaker Cohort 1 staff are scheduled to undergo anti-racism training beginning on September 5th.
- Within the next few weeks, THINK Global School staff will be issued with Implicit Bias training guidelines to improve their awareness of implicit bias and inform their job role within this annual cycle.
- On September 3rd and 4th, CM2 students took part in the ‘Uncomfortable Conversations: Tackling Institutional Racism’ workshop to raise their awareness of institutional racism and anti-racism practices.
- Other confirmed training dates for staff and student sessions include September 5th, 8th, 12th, 15th, and the 19th.
- Our lead educators are currently working with our educators to build future module syllabi that reflect on Western and racial bias and prejudice.
- Reviews and ways to further implement anti-racism and diversity action across THINK Global School are ongoing.
We realize we’re still in the early phases of the process, but our initial progress has confirmed that our renewed commitment to racial equity and diversity was the correct one. We look forward to providing you with periodic updates on our progress, action, and education as our growth continues.
-The THINK Global School Leadership Team