This Month’s Book Centers Equitable Education

February Book Giveaway

Learning and education are integral parts of the Alluvial Collective’s mission. What better way to educate ourselves than via a good read? With that in mind, we launched a monthly book giveaway recommending books that inspire us to discuss and reflect.

In February, we will give away a copy of Fix Injustice, Not Kids and Other Principles for Transformative Equity Leadership by Paul Gorski and Katy Swalwell.

Click here to enter by February 23.

About the Book

Fix Injustice, Not Kids and Other Principles for Transformative Equity Leadership offers a deep dive into the leadership values, commitments, and practices that help educational leaders create and sustain equitable schools and districts.

Drawing from their extensive equity and inclusion work with schools, Paul Gorski and Katy Swalwell introduce key components of the equity literacy framework. They then challenge principals, equity professionals, and other K–12 leaders to embrace six guiding principles for meaningful equity leadership. This book is the perfect addition to any educator, equity leader, or social justice advocate’s collection.

This Month’s Book Explores Common Ground in a Divided World

January Book Giveaway

Learning and education are integral parts of the Alluvial Collective’s mission. What better way to educate ourselves than via a good read? With that in mind, we launched a monthly book giveaway recommending books that inspire us to discuss and reflect.

In January, we will give away a copy of Lessons on the Road to Peace by John Noltner.

Click here to enter by January 26.

About the Book

Lessons on the Road chronicles their exploration from immigration issues at the border to conversations about relocating Confederate monuments in Mississippi. They delve into housing security on Skid Row, tackling tough topics like race, environment, identity, and justice.

Through Noltner’s award-winning lens, the visual narrative captures a nation’s complexities while highlighting the resilience of human connection. In a world marked by division, their journey serves as a testament to the potential for understanding and innovative solutions to our most pressing issues.

History, Narrative, and Southern Reckoning in This Month’s Book!

December Book Giveaway

Learning and education are integral parts of the Alluvial Collective’s mission. What better way to educate ourselves than via a good read? With that in mind, we launched a monthly book giveaway recommending books that inspire us to discuss and reflect.

In December, we will give away a copy of The Steps We Take: A Memoir of Southern Reckoning by Ellen Ann Fentress.

Click here to enter by December 22.

About the Book

The Steps We Take tells how one woman reckons with a region’s history and her past. Through a lens ranging from intimate to the widely human, through moments painful and darkly comic, Fentress casts a penetrating light on what it means to be a white, southern woman today.

The Alluvial Collective Hosts Community Listening Sessions To Improve Public School Grading System

The Alluvial Collective Hosts Community Listening Sessions 

To Improve Public School Grading System

This series opens the door to new ways of supporting local schools and educators.

Cleveland, Miss.– The Alluvial Collective, formerly known as the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, is launching a series of community listening sessions with the goal of giving parents, teachers, students, and others in the community a chance to voice their opinions about the state’s public school rating system. The first discussion is scheduled to start Tuesday, November 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Baioni Conference Center at Delta State University. 

The Mississippi Department of Education began the accountability grading system in 2013 as a way of monitoring student performance and graduation rates. While the grading system follows state and federal requirements, it is constantly under re-evaluation by legislators and policy leaders. One absent voice, however, is from the community: local educators, parents, and community leaders. The Alluvial Collective’s listening session hopes to fill this gap. 

“There are schools that are rated low, and we ask what’s being done in these communities to turn it around?” says Chauncey Spears, Systems & Leader Engagement Manager at the Alluvial Collective. “If we get input from people in the surrounding community, we can get a clearer picture about what school accountability looks like, where we can make adjustments, and enact change. Student voices are also central to shaping change. We’re excited to hear their perspectives.”

Gaining community feedback ensures Mississippi schools are rated more equitably, with community needs taken into consideration, and also opens the door to more specific resources schools can offer– such as training for new businesses in the area. Most importantly, these listening sessions bridge the gap between people, policies, and the decisions that build Mississippi’s future.

The event is free and open to the public. Dinner is provided and childcare is available via this request form. For more information, contact Chauncey Spears at spears@alluvailcollective.org

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About The Alluvial Collective: The Alluvial Collective works to end inequity based on difference by cultivating belonging and wholeness in the world. The Alluvial Collective does this by supporting youth engagement opportunities and creating intentional space for communities to bridge divides, form new connections, and work together to create measurable change across the state. Learn more about The Alluvial Collective by visiting our website: https://alluvialcollective.org/

This Month’s Book Explores Nearly 150 years of Native American History

November Book Giveaway

Learning and education are integral parts of the Alluvial Collective’s mission. What better way to educate ourselves than via a good read? With that in mind, we launched a monthly book giveaway recommending books that inspire us to discuss and reflect.

In November, we will give away a copy of The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer.

Click here to enter by November 24.

About the Book

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is a sweeping history—and counter-narrative—of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present. Melding memoir with history and research with reporting, Treuer is able to present a detailed and critical look at the history of Native America from first contact to modern day.

This Month’s Book Centers the History of Latinos in America

October Book Giveaway

Learning and education are integral parts of the Alluvial Collective’s mission. What better way to educate ourselves than via a good read? With that in mind, we launched a monthly book giveaway recommending books that inspire us to discuss and reflect.

In October, we will give away a copy of Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America by Juan Gonzalez.

Click here to enter by October 23.

About the Book

Harvest of Empire centers the experiences of real-life immigrant Latino pioneers as it unpacks the complexities of how Latin American culture has shaped culture, politics, and history in America. This landmark work is required reading for anyone wishing to understand the history and legacy of this influential and diverse group.

This Month’s Book Centers Reconciliation

September Book Giveaway

Learning and education are integral parts of the Alluvial Collective’s mission. What better way to educate ourselves than via a good read? With that in mind, we launched a monthly book giveaway recommending books that inspire us to discuss and reflect.

In September, we will give away a copy of Called to Reconciliation: How the Church Can Model Justice, Diversity and Inclusion by Jonathan C. Augustine.

Click here to enter by September 25.

About the Book

Called to Reconciliation argues that the church’s work in reconciliation can serve as a model for society at large and that secular diversity and inclusion practices can benefit the church. It offers a prophetic call to pastors, church leaders, and students to recover reconciliation as the heart of the church’s message to a divided world. It’s a great read for faith leaders or community activists to add to their library!


This Month’s Giveaway Features Two Books Honoring Emmett Till

August Book Giveaway

Learning and education are integral parts of the Alluvial Collective’s mission. What better way to educate ourselves than via a good read? With that in mind, we launched a monthly book giveaway recommending books that inspire us to discuss and reflect.

In August, we will give away copies of Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America and A Few Days Full of Trouble: Revelations on the Journey to Justice for My Cousin and Best Friend, Emmett Till.

Click here to enter by August 28.

About the Books:
Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America is a memoir by Mamie Till-Mobley, Emmett Till’s mother, detailing the story of her life, her son’s tragic death, and the dawn of the civil rights movement.

A Few Days Full of Trouble: Revelations on the Journey to Justice for My Cousin and Best Friend, Emmett Till details recollections from Emmett Till’s cousin, Reverend Wheeler Parker Jr., including critical insights into the recent investigation and powerful lessons for racial reckoning, both then and now.

Webinar Replay: Ambiguous Meanings, Ambiguous Realities?

About the Session

For the first time ever, the Alluvial Collective convenes a panel of experts from the U.S. and Germany for a transatlantic discussion on race and racial discourse. As Mississippi and Germany both have pasts that benefit from continued reflection and discussion, this panel highlights the power of narrative when delving into history in order to build a more united future.

About our Panelists

Dr. Daphne Chamberlain is an associate professor of history at Tougaloo College.
Dr. Jennifer Stollman is an Academic and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility (DEIA) consultant.
Omar Akahare is a filmmaker, human rights activist, and runs Juleica training courses and seminars with Free Social Years Volunteers in Germany and EU.
Eleonora Roldán Mendívil is a political scientist and educator. She has taught at several universities in Germany and Austria on intersectionality, racism, and colonial history.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this webinar series are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of The Alluvial Collective. It is our goal to create spaces for a range of perspectives on the challenging issues facing our world today.

This Month’s Book Examines Boundaries Preventing Racial Progress in America

July Book Giveaway

Learning and education are integral parts of the Alluvial Collective’s mission. What better way to educate ourselves than via a good read? With that in mind, we launched a monthly book giveaway recommending books that inspire us to discuss and reflect.

In July, we will give away a copy of American Whitelash: A Changing Nation and the Cost of Progress written by Wesley Lowery.

Click here to enter by July 31.

About the Book:
American Whitelash confronts the sickness at the heart of American society: the cyclical pattern of violence that has marred every moment of racial progress in this country, and whose bloodshed began anew following Obama’s 2008 election.

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