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Module 1.2 Framing Issues with a Racial Equity Lens

The purpose of Framing Issues with a Racial Equity Lens module is:

  • To understand the power of ‘framing’
  • To learn how ‘re-framing’ is an important tool for building effective strategies for racial equity and change
  • To explore how media coverage and public discourse can be shifted to impact outcomes
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Belief systems, which inform policy and law, can contribute to and perpetuate injustice. This injustice rests on subconscious and conscious beliefs about who matters in society and who does not. In order to make right what is inherently wrong, collective action is required. This learning module is based on the work of the Applied Research Center, a thirty-year-old racial justice think tank that uses media, research, and activism to promote solutions. This module provides examples of how injustice is perpetuated through the media and court systems. By working with art, film clips, and other activities, participants will learn the importance of framing an issue with a racial equity lens and be able to practice it.

The module is broken into sections that are ideally implemented in order, with the get to know you exercise first, the main lesson plan in the middle, then artistic production or case studies, and ending with a closing reflection. You may wish to utilize the PowerPoint presentation of this module. It is available in each section.

Materials: laptop with Internet access, projector, screen or large monitor, speakers, printed handouts for each section

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Framing Issues with a Racial Equity Lens module is geared toward an audience that already has a basic understanding of equity issues. It is appropriate for educational institutions— professors, teachers, and high school/college students–as well as those who work in the arenas of non-profit, faith-based organizations, government, and also community organizers and activists.