Reading for Justice: Literature as a Tool for Antiracism

Join us for an engaging and transformative session where we explore the power of literature in fostering antiracism. Through meaningful discussion and reflection, participants will:

• Understand the Fundamentals: Define race and racism, and discuss their implications in today’s society.
• Discover Counter Narratives: Learn about counter narrative displays and their importance in challenging dominant racial narratives.
• Engage the Community: Gain practical strategies for initiating and facilitating meaningful community discussions on race and racism.
• Visualize Diverse Perspectives: Explore and visualize different points of view by creating community posters that highlight individual experiences and perspectives.

This session aims to equip educators, community leaders, and literature enthusiasts with the tools to use storytelling and literature as powerful catalysts for social change and justice.


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About Lorena and Roberto Germán

Lorena is a 3 time nationally awarded Dominican American educator focused on anti racist and anti bias education. She’s been featured in the New York Times, NPR, PBS, Rethinking Schools, EdWeek, Learning for Justice Magazine, and more. She published The Anti Racist Teacher: Reading Instruction Workbook, and Textured Teaching: A Framework for Culturally Sustaining Practices about curriculum & lesson development focused on social justice. She’s a co-founder of #DisruptTexts and Multicultural Classroom. Lorena is also the Chair of NCTE’s Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English. She lives in Tampa, Florida where she is a mami and wife- two of her most important roles.

Roberto is a Dominican American author, poet and spoken word artist. He is the creator and host of the Our Classroom podcast, in which he explores educational journeys, unpacks books, speaks with authors and thinks about how all of this is connected to education. A graduate of Merrimack College and Boston College, he’s been an educator and school leader for over 15 years. His writing has been featured in Raising Antiracist Children: A Practical Parenting Guide (Hawthorne 2022), Speaking for Ourselves Anthology (2019), Edutopia, and more. His first poetry book Blue Ink Tears (2023) focuses on identity, love, relationships and more. His work is characterized by a passion for supporting young people, prioritizing justice, and a dedication to excellence. Currently, he’s Executive Director of Multicultural Classroom and the host of the Our Classroom Podcast. He lives in Tampa, FL with his wife and three children.