WITF’s series of virtual community conversations hosted by Charles Ellisonaddressing systemic racism and injustice in Central Pennsylvania and beyond continues Thursday, July 16 at 7pm.
Join us as we examine inequality at school. Racial segregation in public education has been illegal for over 65 years in the United States. Yet public schools remain largely separate and unequal with profound consequences for students, especially students of color. What’s behind the racial disparity in our education system? And what are some steps we can take as a community and as a society to address the issue?
Watch the discussion:
Nikole Hollins-Sims — Educational consultant for the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)-Harrisburg Office Stephen Sharp — President of the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association and counselor for the Hempfield School District in Lancaster County Casey Stokes -Rodriguez, LSW — Social Worker in the Harrisburg City School District Peter Groff — Former U.S. Undersecretary of Education and former President of the Colorado State Senate-the first African American to serve in that position
Share your personal experiences or ask questions that we can address during this conversation. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or share your story using #RacialJusticePA.
Our goal is to to elevate underrepresented voices with special emphasis on giving young people a platform to discuss their views. Race and racism are uncomfortable topics. Our objective is to help serve as a catalyst for change by bringing people together to discuss possible solutions and inspire collective action.
The committee of co-organizers include:
Major Kristal M. Turner-Childs — Director, Bureau of Forensic Services, Pennsylvania State Police & WITF Board Member
Mark Rhodes — Diversity Educator and Strategist, Owner of Key Learning Consultants and a Commissioner with the City of York Human Relations Commission
Jankail Adams — Parent Liaison for the PA State GEAR UP-3 program, Harrisburg School District
Sharia Benn — President & Executive Artistic Director of Sankofa African American Theatre Company
Corey Dupree — Chief Operating Officer at The Bridge: Eco Village in Harrisburg
Join us every other Thursday night from 7:00 to 8:30pm (July 30, August 13, August 27) as we take an in depth look at topics such as:
Policing, Safety & Belonging
The entire series will be live streamed and recorded so those unable to attend can watch, listen and share. Visit witf.org/racialjustice to watch past conversations and find additional resources.