Throughout our time together, we really tried to work as a true collective.
We had to navigate issues of power constantly, and sometimes we failed. Sometimes we didn’t have the conversations that, in hindsight, we probably should have had. But sometimes we did. Sometimes we talked about the fact that Mrs. James was the teacher and so had certain responsibilities, rights, and powers that the rest of us did not have. Sometimes we did talk about the fact that Mrs. James and Meagan are both White and what that meant in relation to our group dynamics, what we worked on, the decisions we made, and what we accomplished.
But sometimes we didn’t. Sometimes we forgot. Sometimes we didn’t even think of it. But sometimes we did.
Maybe a true collective, where power is equally shared and voices equally valued can never really be achieved. But we can reach for that. We can work toward it. And we can talk openly and honestly about our successes and our failures in those struggles.
And that’s better than nothing, right?
So here, on these pages, is an effort to make ourselves known, in our own words. Mrs. James introduces herself and talks a bit about her goals and her thoughts on the project and on her SSS students.
The SSS students get a chance to introduce themselves – in their own words, as well as to reflect on the process and the project – in their own words.
And Meagan takes an opportunity to introduce herself and as openly and honestly as possible to lay out her positionality in relation to this project, as well as her thoughts on how it went.