Decolonizing the Calendar
Course: PWR 1 or PWR 2
Activity length and schedule: This activity can be done at any time during the quarter, but works particularly well toward the beginning of the quarter.
- To help students learn more about each other’s cultures and communities
- To determine due dates
- To connect to on-campus events that celebrate the holidays
- To raise awareness about how dominant cultural norms operate in everyday texts
Activity details: Students compare a standard calendar to the Stanford calendar to see how the two overlap in terms of holidays and other days of significance. They then assemble holidays important to them that might not have been featured in those other calendars, discussing (synchronously or asynchronously) these new additions with a small group. Together, they use Jamboard to help create a new calendar for the class that incorporates those holidays and other significant days that are important to the class as a whole.