Vox Siren Celebrates Dapper D Fashions! PNW Local Clothing Brand Caters to the LGBTQ Community, and Welcomes All.
Welcome to Vox Siren's first blog in our new series celebrating local women leaders! Our agency seeks to promote an intersectional feminist lens and model creative ways to support and celebrate our fellow changemakers!
Last summer Vox Siren's Co - Founder and Creative Director Kerri Lynne Thorp was invited to venture out to Battle Ground, Washington and shoot behind the scenes footage to the Kickstarter of a new fashion line Dapper D Fashions. Little did she know she was witnessing the birth of an amazing, inspiring force of community.
Rasha and Vanna are not only business partners, they are also married and raising an adorable toddler! If you follow Dapper D on Facebook, you will enjoy the best and silliest family videos! They said being mothers and starting a businesses is definitely a challenge. "We do make a great team. We play tag team a lot. One of us may work on the business while the other works on mommy duties, and vice versa. We each have different strengths when it comes to the business, so we make sure we focus on that. We always make sure to work together though, and that we’re on the same page especially when it comes to our daughter."
Dapper D has an incredibly strong and supportive community. In the last year they have had an incredibly positive response, starting with their successful Kickstarter in July 2014. They told us the most touching is the letters they've received from folks sharing their own stories, and what Be Brave. Be Authentic. Be You. has meant to them.
Vox Siren is so happy to know and support this amazing company. Dapper D is a fashion line with the focus of making people feel good about themselves! Fashion, positivity, fun and community. What is not to love!
This Friday June 17th they are celebrating Dapper D's one year anniversary! If you are in the Pacific North West come out and support these great women fashion leaders
Check out the Dapper D clothing line, visit their website at www.dapperdfashions.com and visit their Facebook page
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I remember sitting in my pre-law classes with anxiety around raising my hand out of fear of asking a stupid question. I hesitated to answer questions because I might be wrong. I thought if I was wrong it would illuminate my incompetence and ignorance. So better to sit quiet than take that risk. The myth of perfection and the desire to be viewed as competent really stifles our growth as humans.
In America, we have cultivated a culture of fear around failure. Fear of the judgment that comes along with mistakes. We indoctrinate our students to not take risks and thereby not truly engage in authentic learning cycles. So many of our students are nervous to even ask a question because of the potential shame of looking like an idiot in front of their peers. Even our grading system does not embrace the process of learning, but rather the motivator to achieve perfection. To get that ‘A’ means you got it down, to get that D means that you are pretty dumb.
This system has failed - pun intended. It’s time we reflect and decide to dive deep into what learning really looks and sounds like.
What if we transformed our classrooms to be places where mistakes were opportunities for growth? What if assessment was a two way conversation centered on improvement and reflection? How might students react differently in the learning process? How might our country benefit from these future healthy risk takers?
For the past five years, I have been working with educators to begin transforming our minds on the value of mistakes. We always begin with embracing our own mistakes and our future mistakes.
I am in the San Francisco bay area this summer leading equity work with Teach for America. I have the opportunity to witness over 150 new educators embody the principle of growth through mistakes. It is inspirational to witness them talking about the ways and places that we must be vulnerable and self reflective in order to be transformational educators. The leaders I get to work with are nothing short of amazing. I am excited to see how they will impact their youth and schools as they enter their classrooms in August.
Helpful Hint for Educators
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