In a time when many students in traditional school settings do not feel safe, experience severe anxiety, and encounter some form of bullying, what exactly do we mean when we say, “Deep Root Center provides a safe space for all of our student members?”
DRC is built on a solid foundation of respect. It is, in fact, our only “rule”, which bears repeating here: Respect yourself, each other, and this place. In this non-coercive, relaxed, and caring environment, we certainly don’t demand respect from each other, and, we will never ask our student members to earn our respect. It is freely given and received, by everyone, with kindness and trust.
This works because, we welcome each individual, without prejudice, on an equitable playing field, while honoring everyone’s unique talents, skills, as well as their emotional, social, and educational needs. We offer positive feedback, daily, by highlighting particular strengths and praising efforts and achievements, as well as providing encouragement when one of us is struggling. It is our firmly held belief that when human beings are positively and compassionately supported, not degraded or humiliated, they will behave in a manner that is beneficial, not only to themselves, but to the whole.
To be clear, if one of us acts or speaks inappropriately, we (anyone, adults or students) are not afraid to call that person on it. A simple, “that is not OK”, within the context of a larger non-judgmental and open conversation, in that moment, is usually all that is needed. Yes, we really are that comfortable with each other, because we recognize that we are all human, we all make mistakes, and we can all make amends.
Every single person at DRC – from the newest member, to the veterans, who have been here for a while – understands that our actions and behaviors directly affect and reflect the health of our community.
At DRC, every interaction, conversation, or verbal exchange gives us all the opportunity to celebrate our differences, and, to model acceptance and empathy. We understand that diversity and open minds (and hearts) are essential to facilitate new ideas, fresh perspectives, and creative ingenuity, which is where (when) inspired visions are born.
DRC NEWS The DRC staff, board, and student members would like to wish you all a safe, prosperous, restful Holiday Season - Blessed Yule, Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas … and a Peace-Filled New Year. We will be back in session on Tuesday, January 3rd.