EMPOWER Moves for Social-Emotional Learning
Help Students Live Fulfilling Lives by Bringing Their Values to Their Actions

EMPOWER is an approach to social-emotional learning that—as the name implies—empowers students to do meaningful work, build meaningful relationships, and live meaningful lives by clarifying and committing to their own values.

Learn more about this approach to SEL through our workshops.


Emotional Equity: Empowering All Students to Honor and Learn From Their Feelings

Audience: ADVISORS, teachers, deans, counselors, psychologists, learning specialists, and student life program administrators

“Cheer up.” “Chill out.” “Calm down.” Our language is full of expressions that tell us we should control or change how we feel. Even when we say “it’s OK to be sad” or “you have every right to be angry,” we imply that these emotions are allowed but not ideal. Meanwhile, those with marginalized identifiers are often the ones most quickly and frequently told to regulate their emotions so that those with power can stay comfortable.

Emotional equity is when all members of a group  are empowered to notice, name, honor, and learn from their feelings. In this workshop, we’ll explore some of the messages we receive about emotions—and how those messages relate to sociocultural identifiers such as race and gender. Then, we’ll learn a protocol called the Emotions & Values Audit that helps students notice their own emotions, name the values those emotions are connected to, and choose actions in accordance with those values. We’ll explore how to use the protocol in academic classes, advisory groups, parent conferences, and disciplinary incidents, so that all students are empowered to connect their actions to their values, in and out of the classroom. (90 minutes)

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