Promiti Islam (she/they) is a New York based writer and educator. A member of Seachange Collective, their work is rooted in education, youth development, restorative justice, human rights, and feminism. They seek to uplift the nuanced ways in which we experience the world through culture, diaspora, and a sense of belonging through their writing and collaborations. Promiti has a BA from Wesleyan University and an MA from Columbia University – Teachers College. They have received support from Kundiman, The Hambidge Center, and Asian American Feminist Collective. Promiti loves eyeliner, pop culture trivia, the ocean and other bodies of water.
Presentations from Facing Race 2022
The Social Justice Spectrum: Building the World We Want from the World We Have
So many of us come into anti-racist, social justice work with high hopes and our hearts on the line. How do we know that we are on the right path? How can we ensure our good intentions aren’t reinforcing inequity or injustice? In this interactive workshop, we will invite participants to reimagine how we can shape a more just future. We will introduce a unique and versatile social justice spectrum tool designed to help identify where our work is strong in promoting justice and equity and where we have room to expand and grow. It’s not about judgment and evaluation, but about moving beyond examples of what is clearly harmful work and recognizing the nuances in both our strengths and shortcomings of program design and implementation. We will center participants’ own experiences and perspectives and use real-life case studies to explore the distinction between good intentions and effective impact, charity and justice work, and assumed knowledge and community needs.
Our hopes are to create and hold space for participants to reflect on their own experiences and the complexities of social justice and anti-racist practices, as they move through this world. Participants will use the spectrum tool to develop a framework of action and practical steps to align their own social justice values with their work. Through a mix of interactive activities, individual and pair reflection, participants will leave the session energized and validated, with practical and actionable ideas to help bridge the world we have with the world we want.Speakers: Promiti Islam, Hannah Weitzer, Brienne “BC” Colston