Helping 2e Students Cope with and Confront Bigotry (Part I)

As a teenager in the 1960s, I was well aware of distinct divisions in our country and in my extended family over the issues of immigration, race, and religion. I recall many holiday dinners at our home when I entered into animated and heated conversations with relatives who showed me what bigotry looked and sounded like, especially when we talked about the civil rights movement. These discussions provided me the perfect opportunity to express my strong convictions about the importance of equality and justice for all.

There is no denying that I was a vocal and opinionated teen who did not hesitate to speak up and share what I had been taught by my parents, my faith leaders, my teachers, and our close family friends who were of a faith dif...


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About Cathy Risberg

Cathy Risberg is an educator, consultant, and published author, and the owner of Minds That Soar, LLC. Certified to teach K–12, she has 15 years of teaching experience in public and private schools, the last 10 as a classroom teacher in a school for the gifted and talented. A parent of three gifted adult children, Cathy has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Technology in Education program at National-Louis University in Evanston, Illinois. She is a member of both National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) and the Illinois Association of Gifted Children (IAGC) and presents to various educational and professional groups.