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Reimagining Community & Solidarity – Critiquing the George Floyd Tragedy and Identifying Actions for the Future We Want.

Professor Torie Weiston-Serdan (director of the SES’s MA in Community Engaged Education & Social Change) and I will co-host a virtual symposium titled Reimagining Community & Solidarity – Critiquing the George Floyd Tragedy and Identifying Actions for the Future We Want. The symposium stems from an understanding that higher education has a role in facilitating important community conversations.

Joining us as panelists will be a number of colleagues, including:

  • Bettina Love, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Theory & Practice, University of Georgia. bettinalove.com
  • Kaleb Rashad, Director, Creative Leadership, High Tech High Graduate School of Education. kalebrashad.com
  • Linda Perkins, Associate Professor, School of Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University. cgu.edu/people/linda-perkins/
  • J. Luke Wood, Associate Vice President for Faculty Diversity & Inclusion and Distinguished Professor of Education, San Diego State University. jlukewood.com
  • Jamira Burley, Head, Youth Engagement and Skills for the Global Business Coalition for Education. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamira_Burley

To register to attend the symposium, go to https://bit.ly/2XnkGXv. You will be asked for your first name and email (these are the only mandatory fields). Once you have registered, you will receive a link to the zoom event.

As part of the registration process, you will have the opportunity to submit specific questions you’d like the panelists to consider addressing. Questions received before 11:00 am on Thursday, June 4, will be passed the panelist prior to the event. (Depending upon time, there also may be the opportunity to ask questions in the second half of the symposium.)

We hope that the symposium will be attended by a wide variety of people. After all, bringing about change and social justice isn’t done in only one way or one arena. Some of us will do this work as K-12 teachers and leaders; others will do it as student service professionals helping to ensure that college campuses are beacons of equity and excellence; some will serve as data analysts, skilled at pulling narratives from data to shape conversations, practices and policies; and still others will do it through their community activism, research and the professoriate. Each of us will find our own place. What matters is that we bring integrity to our work and collectively shine a light on issues of importance. That is how we can create a tipping point.

I hope to see you at the virtual symposium. If not, please know I am also available if you’d like to connect individually.

Until then, I stand in solidarity and community with you.

DeLacy
DeLacy Derin Ganley, PhD | Dean & Professor, School of Educational Studies

Reimagining Community & Solidarity – Critiquing the George Floyd Tragedy and Identifying Actions for the Future We Want