Who Cares About Careworkers and Educators? Bundles Scholars Panel Tackles Inequities and Solutions

Coming from varied backgrounds, these Bundles Scholars discuss the intersections of their work, and their shared experiences.

Maggie Barrows
December 20, 2022

On December 6, 2022, three A'Lelia Bundles Community Scholars gathered at The Forum to discuss the role of wellness and self-care practices in supporting educators and care workers, and how to build organizations that can support these populations. The lecture was part of the Columbia University School of Professional Studies Speaker Series, which gives Bundles Scholars the opportunity to present their work and share the progress they've made on their independent projects.

Harlem Wellness Center founder Vivian Williams-Kurutz moderated a discussion with Afro.Scholar EdCollective co-founder Dr. Andolyn Brown and Janessa Waiters, a former nanny currently working to build networks of collective engagement and healing for care workers.

Their conversation spanned personal wellness practices, building organizations without exploiting the labor of already overworked groups, the unique struggles and resilience of educators during the COVID-19 pandemic, building solidarity between people doing paid and unpaid care work, and taking advantage of the spotlight that COVID-19 put on these fields. 

Watch the full discussion below:

The A’Lelia Bundles Community Scholars are members of the Upper Manhattan community who receive a three-year affiliation with Columbia to pursue their aspirations and work on projects. The program is administered by the Office of Government and Community Affairs, the School of Professional Studies, and the Office of the Provost.

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