Tracey Benson

An intense encounter with an individual after a keynote address on racism by Dr. Neal Lester at ASBA’s first Equity Event started a personal and professional growth process for me that led to a deep belief that comfort is the enemy of progress. The killing of...

Heidi Otero

My first experience with social injustice and racism was at six years old. My grandmother was physically assaulted by her neighbor with a metal baton because she was mowing a small patch of grass that crossed over her side of the lawn. The neighbor made it very clear...

Chris Kotterman

I have come to appreciate the value of lived experience. I believe greatly in the power of empathy, and I used to think it was unfair that people didn’t believe me when I said I wanted to understand their perspective, or think that was sufficient. Over time, I...

Gina (Razo) Moss

One year over the summer, my family and I drove from Phoenix to San Francisco for a two-week vacation. Along the coast, we stopped at a hotel for the night where the desk manager turned us away immediately. My father nodded and said nothing. Later on, at a different...

Ellen White

I was shopping at a local Hallmark store when a family of four came in – Mom, Dad and two children. One of the children was touching things. The mom told him not to touch anything. He continued touching and the clerk said, in a direct tone, “Stop touching...