Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020
VFF#6: Racism and the Fight for Equity in Education
In these unprecedented times, people are looking for a change, for solidarity, and for a voice. Spend an hour with us to learn about the historical foundations of race and racism in the United States, and challenge yourself to become a little more knowledgeable about the layers and complexities of power, race, and racism within our educational system. See how your voice can also make an impact!
LHISA ALMASHY teaches English Language Learners at John I Leonard Community High School in Lake Worth, Florida. She is also one of the District’s cultural competency and equity specialists. She is currently in the doctoral program for Leadership and Learning in Organizations at Vanderbilt University. She has won numerous local, state, and national awards for excellence in culturally responsive teaching from her 23 years as a classroom teacher. She also serves as an advisory board member for Teaching Tolerance. Lhisa’s passion is helping people become more effective in their personal and professional lives, specifically with an equity lens.
DEBORAH STEWART For decades, Deborah Stewart has assisted communities and organizations that wrestle with the challenges of becoming culturally proficient and responsive as our society becomes increasingly more diverse. She has a passion for people and the anti-bias, anti-racist work she plans to do until she can’t do it anymore! She served both the Communications and Multicultural Education Departments of the Palm Beach County School District for over 30 years, writing multicultural curriculum, organizing advisory committees, and helping to cultivate community and parent engagement within the District’s highly diverse populations. Deborah earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership with an ESOL endorsement from Lynn University. Her bachelor’s degree is in mass media arts from Grand Valley State University in Alendale, Michigan. She also attended Hampton University.