September 2017

A little less than a year ago, EduLeaders of Color R.I. hosted its first meetup to bring together leaders of color fighting for racial justice in education. The room was full of changemakers who talked the talk AND walked the walk.

We're excited to continue building and connecting with our first meetup of the 2017-2018 school year. In this meetup, we'll be sharing resources and ideas about addressing the events in Charlottesville, VA as well as hearing from local leaders about the many initiatives they lead in our community.

Our space welcomes all, but specifically concentrates on supporting groups of people that historically have been underrepresented or marginalized. EduLeaders of Color R.I. aims to cultivate spaces for leaders of color invested in social justice to challenge inequities in education, strengthen local organizations led by people of color and foster community partnerships.

This month's meetup will feature scholar and community activist, Marco McWilliams, newly elected Providence Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune, and Venture for America Fellow, Temidayo Akinjisola.

Marco McWilliams is a Black Studies scholar, Swearer Center Fellow at Brown University, and founding director of the Black Studies Academy of RI.

Nirva LaFortune is a programming associate at Brown University and is the first Haitian American to hold a council seat in Providence.

Temidayo “Dayo” Akinjisola is the partnerships' associate at the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education (NAATE). Dayo is a Providence native and a Venture for America Fellow.