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Joey Gawrysiak

Anti-Racism and Equity Forum for Educators and Community Leaders to be held next week

31 July 2020 Winchester News


Next week, Shenandoah University’s Department of Leadership Studies and a panel of three university alumni educators will hold the inaugural Anti-Racism and Equity Forum for Educators and Community Leaders.

The forum will be held online from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5. All educators and community leaders are invited to explore, discuss and plan ways to sustain anti-racist and equitable practices in K-12 schools.

“The forum will include specific guidance for leaders in supporting parents, teachers, students and the community in identifying and denouncing hidden racism and inequitable practices,” said Deran R. Whitney Ed.D, assistant professor of educational leadership at SU. “While one forum will not be able to change policies and perhaps practices, our goal is to raise the level of awareness and to provide a safe and supportive space for school and community leaders to explore, discuss and sustain anti-racism and equitable practices.”

The session will be led by three leaders who are working to advance equity in their school systems: Carl A. Rush, M.S.Ed., equity coordinator at Winchester Public Schools; Veronique N. Walker, Ed.D., associate superintendent of equity and inclusion at Berkeley County Schools in West Virginia; and Manuel Gómez Portillo, M.S.Ed., equity lead for the Office of ESOL Services at Fairfax County Public Schools.

Registration for the forum, held via Zoom, can be completed here. 

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