Race, ethnicity event on Sep. 19 to feature VDOE’s Leah Walker
The VCU School of Education’s 2019 Race, Ethnicity and Education Teach-In kick-off event will feature Ms. Leah Walker, director of the Office of Equity and Community Engagement for the Virginia Department of Education, as keynote speaker. Walker will present on “Implicit Bias: How It Informs Our PK-20 Educational Practices.”
The event will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on September 19 in the auditorium of the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts at 922 Park Ave. Brainstorming sessions on classroom activities across disciplines will integrate topics on race, education, diversity and inclusion, which will then be used to prepare for the week-long September 23-27 Teach-In. The week-long events are sponsored by SOE’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee in collaboration with the Office of Strategic Engagement.
Teach-In objectives include:
- Continue to strengthen discussion of race and ethnicity in the SOE
- Examine race and ethnicity from many different perspectives (e.g., intersections with gender, socioeconomic status, sexuality and language, among others)
During the week-long event, SOE faculty are encouraged to:
- Spend at least 20 minutes during a class meeting for each of your courses addressing issues of race and ethnicity
- Look for organic connections to course content
- Play to your own instructional strengths—no pressure to reveal earth-shattering insights into race and ethnicity
Learn more about the annual Teach-In.