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Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District Approves Social Justice Initiative for Administrators and Educators

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The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education (BOE) has approved a $30,000 professional development and training program to be conducted by Khyati Y. Joshi, co-founder of the Institute for Teaching Diversity and Social Justice , which has offered multi-day professional development programs for educators since 2007.

Dr. Joshi is a professor of education at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the author of White Christian Privilege , a book that examines what she calls “The Illusion of Religious Equality in America.” Her argument is that Christianity (particularly the European Protestant strain) has been established as the unacknowledged common culture, not simply religion, of the U.S. and leads to a situation where “anything not white, Western, and Christian is seen as abnormal.”

A lecturer who also serves as an advisor to policy-makers and a leader in the South Asian American community, Dr. Joshi also wrote and co-edited Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (3rd edition, Routledge, 2015), a widely-used book by diversity practitioners and social justice scholars. She frequently consults with school districts, the judiciary, non-profit organizations, faith communities, and businesses about fostering equity and inclusion.

The Scotch Plains Fanwood Board of Education approved funding the training program during the February 18 […]

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