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In this episode, Dr. Sheldon Eakins delves into the harmful effects of tokenism in schools, exploring both implicit and explicit prejudice. Dr. Eakins refrains from using terms like "minority," instead opting for phrases like "historically underserved, underrepresented, or minoritized people of color." He highlights the damaging impact of tokenism on students' mental health and sense of belonging, as well as the negative effects it has on adults in educational settings. Throughout this episode, Dr. Eakins provides examples of tokenism in schools, discusses the objectification of individuals based on their characteristics, and proposes strategies to move away from tokenism and create a more inclusive school culture. Join us as we explore the complexities of tokenism and its implications for equity in schools.

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Show Highlights

  • Tokenism in Education
  • Effects of Tokenism
  • Tokenism and mental health
  • Contextual Examples of Tokenism in Education
  • Reframing Language and Concepts
  • Pigeonholing and Tokenism
  • Strategies to Address Tokenism in Schools

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