Often a lack of understanding someone else’s experiences can breed prejudice and discrimination. This can come in the form of social injustices around race, ethnicity, or national origin; mental or physical ability; sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity/expression. WILL Education launched this Social Justice Learning space with the goal of sharing educational resources and materials that could help guide children, families, and educators when exploring these critical conversations.
Divided into sections for early childhood, adolescents, and adults, each learning level features videos, audio, and text to facilitate a variety of learning styles. As with any social justice conversation, we believe it’s critical to begin with our littlest ones and continue that work throughout adulthood so we can keep the conversations, the learning, and the societal shift going to ensure lifelong impact. However, we understand these conversations can be difficult, and often we don’t know where to begin. We highly encourage you to regularly visit this page to begin or continue your growth in these social justice areas.
Below you will find three learning levels—early childhood, adolescent, and adult—each featuring videos, audio, and text to facilitate a variety of learning styles.
Today's Lesson: LGBTQ+, Pride, and Allyship
Running through the fall, this learning space is focusing on the experiences of being LGBTQ+ in America. We believe this is an important time to explore this topic as our local community celebrates Pride here in Champaign-Urbana. People of all sexual orientations and gender identities can benefit from discovering more resources on this topic. It is our hope that all people can gain a more unbiased and thorough understanding of the LGBTQ+ community, while also learning how to promote acceptance. And for anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+, we hope this space can help validate and represent their experiences, sexual orientations, and gender identities.