April 2018

"On the street is where the change is demanded. At the table is where it is made." - Rev. Tony Lee

 

Attend the EduLeaders of Color R.I. April Meetup to speak and connect with other leaders and teachers of color who are committed to advancing equity in our schools, organizations, and institutions. Our convenings cultivate spaces that foster community, networking, and innovation. The goal of each meetup is to provide a sustainable ecosystem that supports teachers with best practices, builds social capital, and to share community resources.

Our April 2018 meetup will be hosted at the WaterFire Arts Center. We will feature several leaders from different backgrounds who are working to improve the lives of our young people.

Christina Turner is an educator, aspiring weaver, and a Providence native. She is the current Director of the award-winning High School Apprenticeship Program at the New Bedford Whaling Museum which earned the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the most prestigious award in the country for creative youth development programs, and the 2018 American Alliance of Museum’s Excellence in Programming Award.

Christina earned her B.A. from Boston University and a Master in Public Administration from Baruch College as part of the highly selective National Urban Fellows Program. She has worked for many youth-serving organizations throughout the city of Providence and currently serves on the board of TryCaps, a creative art program for youth in Silver Lake and Olneyville.

Providence Student Union (PSU) and Youth in Action: Students will discuss their involvement in organizing the city’s March 14th walkout and participation in the Washington, DC rally.

1. Ashley Gomez is a senior at the Lincoln School and is a coordinator and workshop facilitator at Youth in Action.

2. Latifat Odetunde is a senior at Classical High School and proudly identifies as a youth activist, facilitator, and mentor within the community.

3. Taiwo Demola is a senior at Classical High School and a delegate for the Providence Student Union. She is also an active member of the Ethnic Studies Task Force and Co-founder of Diversity Talks, a student led professional development grounded in the cultural competencies of diversity, equity and inclusion.

4. Taliq Tillman is a senior at the Met high school in Providence. He's an actor, photographer and activist who strongly believes that empathy is his most powerful tool. Taliq is currently an intern at Trinity Repertory Company, and student facilitator and co-founder of Diversity Talks.

Chris Potter was born during the Great Blizzard of 78. He was educated in the Providence Public Schools. After graduating from Classical in 1996, he spent a decade being young and dumb. Determined to understand what it meant to be just another statistic, he graduated from CCRI and then East Carolina University, the later with a degree in Mathematics (statistics concentration) and another in Quantitative Economics. For the past 6 years, he secured the bag. Now he’s fallen off the corporate ladder and trying to answer the question that started this whole thing--what does being a statistic mean?

Gina Raimondo is the 75th Governor of Rhode Island and the first woman governor. Gina grew up in Smithfield in a tight-knit Italian-American family. Her family history and her childhood experiences shaped her core beliefs in hard work, opportunity for all, and the importance of financial security.

Gina attended and graduated from Lasalle Academy in Providence, where she was valedictorian of her graduating class. She went on to graduate with honors from Harvard, where she was recognized as the top economics student in her class. Gina won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University where she earned a doctorate and met her husband Andy Moffit, and later graduated from Yale Law School. Gina clerked for US District Judge Kimba Wood, and served as founding employee and senior vice president at Village Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Williamstown, Massachusetts, that invested in high-growth start-up companies in at least 10 emerging cities across the country.

Please find more background information here: Gina Raimondo Bio

We will be provdinig food, beer, and wine during the convening!

Yours in Solidarity,

Karla & Carlon