History and Accomplishments

  • FAIR was created in 2001 by Toni Zimmerman and Jen Aberle at Colorado State University in the Human Development and Family Studies Department.
  • 2002: FAIR was the focus of a film by the Cambridge Film Company, a leader in educational social justice related films.
  • 2004: A FAIR teacher training project involving 2,500 participants and 150 educators in Northern Colorado was completed.
  • 2004-2005: A FAIR training book was completed to read with participants, and this website was first developed.
  • 2005: The Bohemian Foundation funded a teach the teachers conference to facilitate social injustice education in the classroom using the FAIR curriculum.
  • 2006: FAIR curriculum was highlighted in the education periodical, Teaching Tolerance.
  • FAIR has been the topic for multiple doctoral dissertations and thesis, and numerous publications and studies, including:
    • Weiler, L., Helfrich, C, Palermo, F., & Zimmerman, T. (2013). Exploring diversity attitudes of youth placed in residential treatment facilities Residential Treatment for Children & Youth.
    • Brinkman, B. G., Rabenstein, K. L., Rosen, L. A., & Zimmerman, T. S. (2012). Children's Gender Identity Development: The Dynamic Negotiation Process Between Conformity and Authenticity. Youth & Society
    • Brinkman, B. G., Jedinak, A., Rosen, L. A., & Zimmerman, T. S. (2011). Teaching Children Fairness: Decreasing Gender Prejudice Among Children. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 11, 1.)
    • Krafchick, J. L., Aberle, J.T., Zimmerman, T. S., Gross, P., & Fruhaul, C. A. (2010). Integrating Multicultural Education into the Family and Consumer Science Education. Family and consumer Science Education Association Annual Monograph.
    • Zimmerman, T. S., Krafchick, J. L., & Aberle, J. M. (2009) A University Service Learning Assignment: Delivering the FAIR Curriculum to K-12 Students in the United States to Promote Social Justice. Journal of Education Citizenship and Social Justice, 4(3) 195-210.
    • Zimmerman, T. S., Krafchick, J. L., & Aberle, J. M. (2007) Gender Awareness and Media Messages: An Activity for Couple Therapy. In D. Viers (Ed). Group Therapist’s Notebook, Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.
    • Zimmerman, T. S., Aberle, J. T., & Krafchick, J. (2006). FAIR-Fairness for all individuals through respect: Diversity and social justice curriculum for school counselors to integrate school-wide. Journal of Guidance and Counseling, 21(1), 47-56.
    • Krafchick, J. L. (2007). FAIR: House-building for classism awareness. In T. Beesley (Eds.), Classroom Activities and Lecture Ideas for Marriage and Family. Belmont, CA: Thompson Wadsworth.
    • Zimmerman, T. S., & Aberle, J. M. (2002). Introduction: Parenting for the next gender-a-tion: Integrating diversity in the raising of children: Celebrating not exaggerating our differences. In T. S. Zimmerman (Ed.), Integrating Gender and Culture in Parenting. New York: Haworth Press.
    • Krafchick, J., Aberle, J.T., Zimmerman, T.S., Fruhauf, C., & Gross, P. (2010). Integrating multicultural education into the family and consumer science education. Family and Consumer Science Education Association Annual Monograph.
    • Zimmerman, T. S. (Ed.). (2002). Integrating gender and culture in parenting. New York: Haworth Press.
    • Zimmerman, T. S., & Aberle, J. (2006). FAIR: Fairness for all individuals through respect: A story for children to learn how to honor diversity, understand social justice, and create a more equitable society through respect of all individual. Published on the Fair website: www.fair.chhs.colostate.edu
    • Cavanagh, T., Gabler, F., & Zimmerman, T. S. .(2009) Peace Education Curriculum: A curriculum for K-6 students. www.peace.chhs.colostate.edu
    • Zimmerman, T.S., Jones, J.R., McPherson, E. A., & Davidson Kryloff, L.D. (2009) Relate: Workshops for young children on Relationship Enhancement. www.relate.chhs.colostate.edu
    • Zimmerman, T. S., Aberle, J., & Kraffchick, J. (2005). Development of FAIR website. http://www.fair.chhs.colostate.edu Featured in Teaching Tolerance Fall 2006.
    • Zimmerman, T. S., & Aberle, J. (2006). FAIR: Social Justice Education with Youth. Documentary by The Cambridge Film Co. (45 Min.) Streamed on the FAIR website.
    • Zimmerman, T. S., Aberle, J., & Krafchick, J. (2006). FAIR: Social Justice Education. Teacher Conference. (42 Min.) Streamed on the FAIR website. Funded by the Bohemian Foundation.

“It has forced me to look at myself in new ways and has given me great ideas on how to work with people of all ages” (FAIR conference teacher response).

“I think it [the FAIR program] can be wide-ranging in the classroom and [is] something that all can relate to” (FAIR conference teacher response).