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Community Conversation: A Call to Action (6-8-20)

‘Call to Action’ conversation will feature voices from across Henrico on racism, injustice and inequity

In response to global protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, Henrico County Public Schools will hold a virtual panel discussion about racism, injustice and inequity featuring Henrico leaders, students and other members of the community. The one-hour discussion is part of HCPS’ Family Learning Series and will take place Monday evening at 6 p.m.

For details and information about how to easily join the virtual discussion using Google Meet, go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics” or go to our Family Learning Series page at https://henricoschools.us/family-learning-series/. No registration is required. Only the first 250 virtual attendees will be able to participate and comment during the discussion. If the audience is larger than 250, those participants would still have “view/listen only” access. The session will be recorded and posted online for additional viewing.

“As a school system, we have pledged to advance critical work related to equity, to build the ability and resources needed to recognize and combat bias, and to strengthen our cultural competence,” said Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent. “This is important work, and while we have already made significant strides, I recognize this is an enduring commitment that requires continued difficult conversations and responsive actions.”

The Henrico School Board issued a statement earlier today, committing to the creation of an inclusive school environment, asking for community feedback, recognizing the value of different cultural experiences and making the community aware of a new list of HCPS resources on race and diversity. Read the whole statement at the Board’s webpage, https://henricoschools.us/school-board/.

Panel participants at the Monday discussion will include:

  • Tyrone Nelson, Henrico Board of Supervisors’ Varina Division representative.
  • Roscoe Cooper III, School Board chair and Fairfield Division representative.
  • Monica Manns, HCPS’ chief equity, diversity and opportunity officer.
  • Sharita Bryant, president of the Henrico County Council of PTAs.
  • A student representative from HCPS’ Equity Ambassadors program.

Community Conversations: A Call to Action

When: June 8 from 6-7 p.m.
How to attend: Google Meet workshop accessible by weblink or phone.

Recent events have lit a worldwide spark of concern regarding racism, injustice and inequity. We want to ensure that our school division is considered a safe space to listen and engage in dialogue, with the purpose of supporting student and family needs. Please join us for a community conversation involving a panel of Henrico leaders. Voices from the community will be represented, including Henrico leaders, as well as student, parent and guardian voices.

The discussion will be moderated by Adrienne Cole Johnson, director of HCPS’ Department of Family and Community Engagement. For questions, email presource@henrico.k12.va.us or call 804-652-3787.

Several other virtual workshops will also take place in June as part of HCPS’ Family Learning Series. To find out more and see videos of past workshops, go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics” or go to https://henricoschools.us/family-learning-series/.

Permanent link to this article: https://ward.henricoschools.us/2020/06/08/community-conversation-a-call-to-action-6-8-20/