5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Portland, OR, 97211
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Race Talks: Opportunities for Dialogue
Kennedy School - Gymnasium
6 pm doors; 7 pm event
Minor with parent or guardian
6 pm doors; 7 pm eventFreeMinor with parent or guardian
Presented by Paula Dennis and Renee Mitchell, Educators
In the United States, children have traditionally been activists
at the forefront of social change movements. During the Industrial Revolution,
the dangerous task of bringing about safer and more humane working conditions
started with child workers barely tall enough to reach the dangerous machinery
they spent endless hours operating. The civil rights movement relied on the
public’s empathy for children facing the venom of racism to help with school
and societal integration.
In the modern era, our children are commonly facing a different
danger - issues of equity in America. These include (but are not limited to)
disproportionate discipline, bias, language policies effecting dual language
learners, lack of inclusion or segregation of children with disabilities, and
numerous matters affecting children in tribal communities. Once again, if substantive
change is being made, children are at the forefront of the fight.
All children should have access to positive early learning
experiences that will set them up for long-term success and wellness. Join us
to learn how local educators Paula Dennis and Renee Mitchell prepare their
students to courageously explore the intersectionality of race, “the system”,
schooling, and each other, in an effort to help close opportunity gaps and
ensure that all children, regardless of race, ethnicity, language of origin,
income, and ability are set up to reach their full potential.
This series deals with race in Oregon, both historically and up to the present time, to provide learning experiences that support the development of racial identity and sensitivity.
Each month, Kennedy School hosts a presentation on a different topic of ethnicity and racial elements in Oregon history, given by educators and/or experts in the topic at hand. The aim is to provide educational and learning experiences that support the development of intercultural sensitivity and racial identity.
This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp
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