York School

Organized by:
York School

Participating Organizations:

York School

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

5

Year:

2022

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Lecture/Briefing
  • Other
  • School Program
  • Other: Daily email to York School community with information on topics.

Target Audiences:

  • High school students (9-12)
  • K-12 Teachers

Approximate Number of People Reached:

250

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The focus for Brain Awareness Week was the neurobiology and psychological impact of identity, belonging, inclusion, diversity, and culture. The goals of the week were to raise awareness, to encourage everyone to self-reflect on our privilege, and to commit to at least one act of allyship out of our comfort zone. The goals were achieved as the activities of the week generated active discussion among participants, there was positive feedback about the week’s content, and participants also took the opportunity to be open about their own implicit bias.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

At the beginning of the week, I announced the event and did a formative survey at School Assembly. The entire school was present, and this made a big difference in advertising the event.

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Sending emails was the most effective publicity method because it efficiently got information across and could be easily accessed by everyone and anyone. Sending daily emails helped to organise the information being sent out and to keep participants connected and engaged.

Resources

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • New Fact Sheets
  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • Brain Awareness Week Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

For York School, Brain Awareness Week gives the opportunity to generate discussion and reflection about our implicit bias and the neurobiology behind how we interact with others. Some direct outcomes of the Brain Awareness Week are that participants were more aware of implicit bias and the psychology behind it. Participants took the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone to try and understand others as well as themselves and the emotions connected to identity, inclusion, and exclusion.

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

We were able to reach a large group but the more important lesson is to create a sense of understanding, connectivity and vulnerability between participants in order to break down bariers.

Event Photos

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Painting representing how implicit bias makes us feel, how it makes others feel, and when we ourselves have implicit bias.

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Table at the library with BAW information (posters and emails) explaining and informing about Identity, belonging, inclusion, diversity.

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Digital artwork representing the courage it takes to help another and reduce the effects of implicit bias and microaggressions.

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Announcement at assembly introducing the week and sharing results of survey about how many people have shown implicit biases and felt the effects of implicit bias.

Contact Information

Contact Name:

Maya Gupta-Lemus

Contact Phone:

08312076295

Contact Email:

mguptalemus@gmail.com

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