Blog Posts

A Q&A with Neighborhood Forest Founder & Director Vikas Narula

In celebration of Earth Day 2020, AMAZEworks chatted with Vikas Narula, Founder and Director of  Neighborhood Forest, a non-profit that provides free trees to elementary-aged children. Over the last 10+ years, Neighborhood Forest has reached over 150 schools and 60,000 families and has planted over 31,000 trees across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to

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An Anti-Bias Education Lens on Environmental Justice

“Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. This goal will be achieved when everyone enjoys: the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, and equal access

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Leaning Into Empathy During COVID-19

As an Asian person from Malaysia, I’ve been following news updates in regards to COVID-19 in other countries outside of the United States for months. Since the outbreak began in the US, I have encountered microaggressions and vitriol on public transit and in other public places. Historically, marginalized groups have been associated with diseases and

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Countering “Us. vs. Them” During a Pandemic

“How can you see if your eyes are so small? How can you breathe if your nose is so flat?” I distinctly remember being on the playground at recess when I was in third grade and hearing a few older boys tease me with those taunts as they pulled the corners of their outer eyelids

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The Problem with Cultural Voyeurism

At AMAZEworks, we promote listening and dialogue as a means of improving cross-racial and cross-cultural understanding. We believe there is much to be gained from intentional, respectful discourse. However, it is important that we shine a critical lens on the give-and-take dynamics within these discussions and interactions. Too often, the experience and knowledge of marginalized

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Let’s do more than just celebrate Black History Month

As we celebrate Black History Month this year, we reflect on the gains we have made towards racial justice, as well as the areas in which we continue to fall short. The equity gaps that remain in this country are deeply problematic and indicative of white Americans’ failure to internalize the difference between being non-racist

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What’s Wrong With Black History Month?

There is nothing inherently wrong with Black History Month in and of itself. Black History Month, as well as all of the “minority” history/heritage months (Women’s History Month in March, Asian American Pacific Islander History Month in May, Hispanic American Heritage Month in September-October,  LGBTQ History Month in October, and Native American Heritage Month in

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This is Dakota Homeland!

As Anti-Bias Educators, one thing we should be reflecting on is the role that place plays in our history, culture, and orientation to the world. All land carries stories, and if we think about story as being rooted in place, we can begin to be more inclusive in our learning and teaching of all disciplines.

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AMAZEworks Secondary Program

The AMAZEworks Secondary program embeds Anti-Bias Education Theory.  The program empowers teachers by giving them the tools and weekly lessons to have regular, intentional conversations around identity, difference, and bias and establishes patterns for respectful conversation and taking action against injustices. It engages students to consider the following questions:  Who do I want to be

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