By Rachel Luna
#FollowFriday is one of my favorite social media traditions because I’m always looking for ways to learn new things. As Abigail Adams said, “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” In this spirit, I look for accounts to ensure my Twitter timeline will keep me connected with the goings-on in the world, pique my interest, and enhance my awareness around issues of social justice. For this #FF post, I’m sharing a trio of such accounts:
NPR’s Code Switch, @NPRCodeSwitch
“We tweet about race, ethnicity and culture, how these things play out in our lives, and how all of that is shifting. We did @TodayIn1963. Hang with us.”
— NPR’s Code Switch (@NPRCodeSwitch) August 19, 2014
— NPR’s Code Switch (@NPRCodeSwitch) August 16, 2014
Fans of intersectionality will enjoy this account, which features a series of bloggers who tackle race, ethnicity, and culture. On any given week, posts can touch on music, research, literature, language, etc., all through the lens of race and ethnicity. I particularly appreciate the way they engage with their followers, often posing open-ended questions, retweeting responses, and inviting suggestions for future stories. One “don’t miss” project from these folks is the innovative, robust history project @Todayin1963, which simulated live-tweet coverage of that dynamic year in US history.
Teaching Tolerance, @Tolerance_org
“Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center [@splcenter], Teaching Tolerance provides educators with free educational materials.”
This teacher used ‘American Sabor’ to teach about Latino diversity. Do you add ‘sabor’ (flavor) to your classroom? http://t.co/qX6Z6GAlHm
— Teaching Tolerance (@Tolerance_org) August 12, 2014
— Teaching Tolerance (@Tolerance_org) August 17, 2014
This account helps me remember that I am both an educator in my role as an #SAPro, and a student in my role as an engaged global citizen. From their historical #OnThisDay tweets to suggested curricula for current events, Teaching Tolerance focuses on applied learning about diversity and inclusion. Although their materials are generally aimed at the K-12 classroom crowd, I find it a fun exercise to consider adapting and applying their resources to higher education and student affairs settings.
Race Forward, @RaceForward
“We advance racial justice through research, media and practice. We publish @colorlines and present Facing Race. Formerly the Applied Research Center.”
— Race Forward (@RaceForward) August 24, 2014
— Race Forward (@RaceForward) July 28, 2014
This is a “challenge and support” account for me in that keeps me informed and also keeps me thinking. In addition to providing useful news updates via their outlet @Colorlines (described as a “daily news site where race matters”), this account also hosts provocative Twitter chats like #LivesOfBlackMen and promotes social change initiatives like the “Drop the I-Word” campaign. These are also the people behind the Facing Race conference (described as “the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice”), which you can attend in person or lurk on the backchannel (#FacingRace14).
What accounts do you follow to stay up on current events, culture trends, and perspectives on social justice? Share in the comments or tweet @RachelHLuna so others can follow, too!