Mix It Up at Lunch FAQs

Mix It Up at Lunch FAQs


Hi, everyone! I’m Monita Bell, the coordinator of Mix
It Up at Lunch Day at Teaching Tolerance. I’m excited to be with you again—thanks
so much for tuning back in! This week, let’s chat about a couple of
frequently asked questions concerning Mix. Question: Our school is pretty racially and
economically homogenous. Is Mix relevant to us? Answer: YES! As similar as students’ backgrounds may
be, each child has unique experiences and identities. You may have students with visible and invisible
disabilities—or those with family members who do. There may be students in your school with
relatives from other countries or students with same-sex parents. We all have multiple identities, and Mix It
Up encourages students to appreciate all those identities, whatever they may be. Question: Do we have to do it at lunch? Answer: Absolutely not! While we’ve identified the lunchroom as
one of the most segregated spaces in a school, the goal is for students to connect with peers
they might not otherwise connect with. Where that happens is less important than
whether it happens—and we want it to happen! So, if lunch is a bit too unwieldy for your
school, you might mix up students’ P.E. and art classes like one school did last year. Or maybe you could host a Mix It Up dinner
and invite students’ families like one of our Mix Model Schools does twice each year. Remember to register at mixitup.org if you
haven’t already. And if you have questions we didn’t cover
here or in our FAQs, reach out via Twitter or Facebook—the Mix community can help out
too. See you next week, and thanks for watching!

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