The Orange County Human Relations Commission is sponsoring a community discussion, “What should children be taught about race in public schools?” on Sunday, Sept. 11. The discussion will be a combined virtual and in-person event.
“The Human Relations Commission recognizes that people have varying experiences that lead them to different conclusions about the impact of race and racial inequality in our community,” said Frances Castillo, chair of the Human Relations Commission. “We believe that the best way forward toward a unified and equitable community is through open dialogue. We have worked to create a venue and quality of exchange that will lead to deeper learning and greater understanding in our county by asking ‘What should children be taught about race in our schools?’”
The HRC has assembled a panel representing parents and teachers to discuss this hot-button topic, which has generated heated debate throughout the country. Panelists include:
- Meagham Darab (parent)
- Kumar Sathy (teacher)
- Dr. Rodney Trice (Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Deputy Superintendent Teaching & Learning, Systemic Equity, and Engagement)
- Rev. Dr. Kaye W. Crawford (teacher, UCC Minister)
- Gretchen Schmid, Orange County Moms for Liberty
The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. David Campt from the Dialogue Company.
Community members are invited to attend either in-person or virtually via Zoom. The in-person event will be held at the Bonnie B. Davis Environment and Agricultural Center, Room 102 (1020 US 70 West, Hillsborough, NC 27278). Zoom registration is available at www.orangecountync.gov/conversation.