Empathy interviews

By Kari Nelsestuen and Julie Smith
October 2020
Vol. 41, No. 5
There has never been a more important time to practice empathy, as we face the formidable task of teaching and caring for students and their families during the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism. Empathy means trying to understand deeply the experiences and feelings of other people. It is both a mindset to embrace and a skill to practice. While we can never fully understand the experiences of another person, we can listen deeply to their stories and perspectives to uncover unacknowledged needs. As we listen, we must simultaneously examine how our own identities, biases, values, and experiences influence how we make meaning of what others share with us. While many of us may already practice empathy in our daily lives, we’ve learned that

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Kari Nelsestuen ( and Julie Smith ( launched Community Design Partners in 2019.

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