Meredith Morelle (she/her/hers) is Kindred’s Managing Director of National Programs. She has spent her career working to advance racial justice through schools, and she has two decades of experience as a practitioner and a leader at the middle and secondary levels, in the non-profit sector, and in the federal policy arena. Meredith earned her graduate degree in human rights studies, with a focus on racial justice, from Columbia University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism, with minors in literature and theater, from American University.
Ashley Reid (she/her/hers) is the National Senior Partnerships Strategist at Kindred. She has spent her career working to build a more just society and fight for the communal justice, healing and restoration of those who have been oppressed. Prior to joining Kindred, Ashley offered her skills in program management and group facilitation around cultural competency and inclusion in educational spaces through the Center for the Positive Development of Urban Children (CPDUC) at the John S. Watson Institute for Urban Policy and Research at Kean University, NJ. Ashley earned her Bachelor of Science in Print Journalism from North Carolina A&T State University, Master of Arts in Management from Wake Forest School of Business, and Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is also currently working on her certification as a Spiritual Director at The Chaplaincy Institute interfaith seminary in Berkeley, CA.
Kindred Communities facilitates brave spaces to build the mindsets, skills, and energy needed to disrupt systemic oppression and create antiracist and liberated schools. Join this Community of Practice (CofP) to experience and gain skills in facilitating Kindred’s dialogue-to-action approach for diverse school communities. As a participant, you will take part in structured dialogue sessions that support you in reflecting upon your own and learning about others’ multifaceted identities, exploring the history and purpose of schooling in the United States, and examining the ways racism and other forms of injustice show up in your school community. You’ll also build upon your school’s vision of equity and explore ways to support its actualization. In addition, this CofP will also support your growth as an equity leader. Through the training and coaching component of this experience, you will explore Kindred’s theory of change, learn about the key tenets of dialogue, and practice facilitating brave conversations yourself, all in service of advancing your diverse school community’s work to ensure every student, family, and staff member experiences a sense of belonging and can thrive. For this immersive experience, we recommend teams of 2-3 members of differing racial and cultural identities. Teams can consist of staff of differing roles as well as family members and caregivers from each participating school.
Dialogue as Disruption will be meeting at the following dates and times for 22-23 School Year (all ET). Unless noted all meetings are held virtually on Zoom.
- October 12 2pm
- November 17 2pm
- December 15 2pm
- January 25 and 26 (in person at Kauffman Center in Kansas City, MO
- February 16 2pm
- March 16 2pm
- April 13 2pm
- May 18 2pm
- June (TBD – final presentation of deliverable)