Defining Us Podcast Show Notes

Date: 12/13/21

Episode: 6

Title: Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz: The Critical Nature of Us

Final Show Link: Podcast – Defining US

Defining Us uses the power of media and the promise of education to inspire educators to join the conversation on the socio-political cultural issues that matter.  In this episode of Defining Us…Stacey DeWitt interviews Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, award-winning associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.

We invite you to join the conversation as she and Stacey DeWitt hold little back when discussing the current debate playing out in our schools and communities. Learn how race and identity intersect in the education space and why leading with love may just be the way forward.


Powerful Moments

Throughout this podcast there are powerful moments that provide deeper insight into the individuals and topics discussed in this podcast. .

  • 1:45 – Yolanda’s Why Story
  • 17:25 – The Critical Love Needed to Move Forward
  • 27:55 – The Fear That Holds Us Back
  • 29:14 – The Work Begins with an Archeology of the Self
  • 1:04:18 – Schools Are the Place for Big Impact


Critical Reflection Questions (During and After the Listening)

Use the following critical reflection questions to make deeper meaning of the topics discussed in this episode.

  • How do my own identity, experiences and knowledge influence my understanding of this topic?
  • How does this topic connect with my current context?
  • What are the implications to my practice?
  • How will I continue the conversation in my school/community/organization?


Inside the Conversation

Here is a full list of the individuals mentioned in this episode.

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ibram X. Kendi, Pedro Noguera, Gloria Ladson-Billings,
William Tate, Richard Rohr, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Richard Milner, bell hooks, James Baldwin


Continue the Learning

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