It's Time To Talk - Forums on Race

March 28, 2019 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at The Classic Center


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Join us for our 3rd Annual "It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race"  presented by Piedmont Athens and Public Education Matters. Honorary Co-chairs for this year's event are: Dr. Michelle Cook, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Strategic Initiatives and Dr. Charles Peck, CEO, Piedmont Athens.  The Co-chairs are Rose Dennis, Director, Piedmont Athens and Dawn Meyers, Associate Superintendent of Policy and School Support Services.

About the Event:

Diverse leaders from business, education, arts and community service will come together to move Athens forward through honest conversation and powerful action. The strength of our future depends on our ability to develop new skills around inclusion and equity, understand the realities of racism today and to commit ourselves to action.

In the spirit and tradition of Jeannette Rankin’s (the woman) social justice advocacy, the Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund is hosting It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race. This second annual It’s Time to Talk forum offers each and every person who attends the opportunity to participate in a thoughtful dialogue on racism, facilitated by trained Volunteer Racial Justice Facilitators.

This year, our keynote speaker will be award winning author Dr. Bettina Love of UGA's Department of Education. She will be sharing her expertise on race, diversity, and inclusion within an educational arena and beyond. Click here to check out her new book "We Need to Do More than Survive: Abolitionist and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom" and learn more about her!

"Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Dr. Love is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers in the area of Hip Hop education. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and intersectional social justice. Her work is also concerned with how teachers and schools working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in intersectional social justice for the goal of equitable classrooms.

Dr. Love is a sought-after public speaker on a range of topics, including: antiblackness in schools, Hip Hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, Hip Hop feminism, art-based education to foster youth civic engagement, and issues of diversity and inclusion. In 2014, she was invited to the White House Research Conference on Girls to discuss her work focused on the lives of Black girls. In addition, she is the inaugural recipient of the Michael F. Adams award (2014) from the University of Georgia. She has also provided commentary for various news outlets including NPR, The Guardian, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution."

How many times have we heard in the past several years about the need to have a productive conversation about racism and the effects on our communities? It’s a national challenge that is entwined with poverty, class, and privilege. Truly, if we cannot talk about it, how can we fix it?

"It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race" has been successfully presented in multiple cities across the country. Corporations, nonprofit organizations, other community groups and schools have found participating in It's Time to Talk to be thought-provoking and motivating. You will leave inspired to personally take action to improve race relations at work, in the community, and with family and friends. Each group that attends It’s Time to Talk will have the opportunity to engage in an additional follow up dialogue, facilitated by one of our Racial Justice Facilitators.

The program is a potentially transformative and team building. “We brought 15 of our team members to It's Time to Talk last year. They were so inspired by the conversation that we scheduled our follow up dialogue shortly thereafter. The group that attended become our Diversity and Inclusion Team and have since started the process of creating a more welcoming and inclusive Athens Regional Library for all."- Valerie Bell, Executive Director, Athens-Clarke County Regional Library and Co-Chair It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race.

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