Data continues to show a persistent achievement gap between black and white students. The time is now to utilize the data, explore the sources of these discrepancies, and put into place measurable, sustainable ways to better support students of color.
On May 24 KairosPDX and Chalkboard Project hosted a community conversation around the urgency for change. Keynote speaker, Dr. Joy DeGruy, presented on historical racism and trauma and how they have perpetuated disparities in the black community. Her presentation was followed by a panel discussion on Oregon's African American/Black Student Success Plan with leaders in education and philanthropy. Missed the event? You can watch it on Chalkboard Project's Facebook page.
Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author, and presenter. With more than 20 years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work, she gives insight into various cultural and ethnic groups that form the basis of contemporary American society.
Marsha Williams, Co-Founder and Board Chair of KairosPDX
Ebado Abdi, Senior at West View High School and Member of Oregon Student Voice
Iris DeGruy Bell, Member of the African American/Black Student Success Plan Advisory Group
Representative Janelle Bynum, District 51
Zalika Gardner, Co-Founder and Education Director of KairosPDX
Joe McFerrin, President and CEO of Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc.
Markisha Smith, Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Oregon Department of Education
Max Williams, President of Oregon Community Foundation