Develop your personal identity blueprint to create meaningful connections with your students

Educators who understand their own identities are better equipped to help their students understand theirs, and use that knowledge as the container for successful teaching and learning.

This three-hour session led by Dr. Sandra Chapman, an educator and equity consultant with more than thirty years of experience in independent schools, will use individual reflection and writing, alongside small group conversation to help us explore our own identities and consider the ways in which they impact our daily interactions with others, as educators, leaders, and in our personal lives.

“Racial identity is not just another tool, it’s the toolbox.” – Dr. Ali Michael

From infancy to adulthood, our racial, ethnic and cultural identities, and those of others, deeply influence the connections or misconnections we experience. Thus having a limited view of our own life journey, challenges our interpersonal relationships.

Dr. Howard Stevenson says of racial narrative, “Through storytelling, we can see ourselves differently, assess our emotions, and find the capacity to change.” Please join us prepared to make meaning of your own life story, be surprised, and expand the foundation of your work with children and their families, adults and fellow educators.

This session will lay the foundation for a fall workshop series on implicit bias, identity anxiety, stereotype threat, microaggression, and helping children learn to understand difference.

  • Aimed at: Jewish educators across all settings. We believe this program is essential for educational leaders, teachers and anyone facilitating learning experiences in a Jewish school, camp, youth group or communal organization.
  • Structure: Offered one-time as the foundational seminar of our Fall 2022 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion educational series: Widening Our Lens.
  • Facilitated by: Dr. Sandra Chapman, founder of Chap Equity.

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022.
  • Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Pacific / 12:30 – 3:30 pm Eastern.
  • Location: Virtual program. Zoom link provided upon registration.


All Jewish educators and communal leaders are welcome.

Cost: $54 per participant.

Participants who attend this session can apply the fee to the cost of  the follow up Diversity, Equity and Inclusion educational series beginning in the fall.

Registration is now closed.


For more information or any questions you may have, please contact Liora Brosbe at

About Our Facilitator

Sandra (Dr. Chap) Chapman, Ed. D. is the Founder of Chap Equity, an organization rooted in the belief that, through teamwork, we can learn more about ourselves and others; discuss and discover the foundational research needed to address the needs in a community; create conversations that support individuals where they are and confront barrier issues; and create actionable steps towards building stronger educational communities. In addition, Dr. Chap is the Deputy Director of Programs and Curriculum at the Perception Institute, where she identifies opportunities to translate the mind sciences and other essential concepts into interactive trainings that build the capacity for clients to transform their organizations. Chap facilitates workshops on racial identity development, racial micro-aggressions, implicit bias, identity / racial anxiety, and stereotype threat in education, healthcare, and with teams in various types of organizations. Embedded within each concept are tools for helping individuals override unconscious phenomena linked to identity and better connect behavior with values.

Between 2019 and 2021, Dr. Chap worked as the lead on Identity Development for the Great First Eight Infant and Toddler curriculum development project, led by Dr. Nell K. Duke at the University of Michigan. Great First Eight is a full day, project-based curriculum designed to integrate all disciplines, prioritizing science and social studies to an unprecedented degree for the infant through primary grades, and to support educators in enacting culturally relevant pedagogy. Chap is the co-author of Black Girl on the Playground (Teaching Beautiful Brilliant Black Girls, Corwin Press, 2021).