Episode 22 | Justice & Healing w/ Clara Mangali

Student voice matters! In this episode of Our Classroom, I had my first student guest, Clara Mangali. We discussed how her senior research project led to her creating a Justice & Healing virtual workshop for educators and students.

Clara Mangali (she/her) is a student seeking to affect change through activism, community building, and identity development. She currently resides on the ancestral land of the Kizh people and is a senior at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, California. After attending the National Association of Independent Schools Student Diversity Leadership Conference in 2019, she went on to serve as a co-leader of her school’s Multiracial and Asian American student associations. For the past two years, she has served as the co-chair of Chadwick’s Student Diversity Council.

Recently, Clara conducted her senior research project on how schools can better support educators of color. Through her project, she hosted the virtual Justice and Healing workshop, which offered students and educators of color a space to share their stories and radically reimagine how equity work in schools can more authentically center the humanity and experiences of people of color. 

Outside of school, she is involved in community organizing through GABRIELA South Bay, an anti-imperialist grassroots organization that fights for the liberation of all Filipino women. Additionally, Clara recently joined the writing team at Radical in Progress, an organization that provides free study guides for must-read social justice literature. 

In college, Clara aspires to study sociology, education, and ethnic studies, with the ultimate goal of undertaking research that investigates the relationship between culture and trauma. In her free time, she enjoys running, tending to her army of plants, and reading tarot. 

To learn more about Clara follow her on IG at @Clara.mangali. Clara is also involved with GAB South Bay and they are engaged in two campaigns, the Philippine Human Rights Act and Kontra Day 2022.

This episode is sponsored by Heinemann --- a publisher of professional resources and a provider of educational services for teachers, kindergarten through college.

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We Got This explores how the work of creating more equitable school spaces is embedded in our everyday choices—specifically in the choice to really listen to kids. 

This book addresses advocacy, Inclusivity and building bridges, while making learning relevant and accessible.

“You can transform your teaching; your team can transform your school; your school can solve real community problems. If you listen.” 

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