Principal Leadership Institute
Creative Resistance: UC Berkeley Students Promote Racial Equity
After the verdict of the Trayvon Martin case, anonymous people defaced an Angela Davis poster with hate language on the campus of the Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) at UC Berkeley, a graduate program for school administrators. PLI reached out to CAI to assist in transforming the racist incident into an opportunity for courageous conversations and creative resistance.
CAI offered a 2-day training in Creative Leadership to a cohort of graduate students and faculty to experience and learn arts-based interactive tools for more effective collaboration and dialogue around systemic issues in their communities and schools and design a creative response to the incident that occurred on their campus.
In addition to conceiving and creating an interactive, arts-based tool that promoted healing and courageous conversations about race within the PLI community, participants gained firsthand experience in using creative methods for social change. Movement, theater, mural making, creating public message generating a dialogue about systemic racism with themes of compassion, empathy and solidarity.
On July 25, 2014, as part of their graduation ceremony, their public art response was unveiled for a crowd of 100 people. The Tree of Racism served to illustrate microaggressions, structural racism and their historical roots. The Quilt of Resistance highlighted actions to dismantle racism that are rooted in compassion, empathy, and solidarity.
“This training allowed participants to creatively think about and respond to racism within our society.” - D.M. Kloker