This Free & Virtual fireside chat will be moderated by Dr. Khalid Akil White, Professor of Ethnic Studies and African American Studies at San Jose City College and scholars from the Greene Scholars Program.
The Dr. Frank S. Greene Scholars Program helps youth of African ancestry in San Francisco Bay Area communities successfully complete higher education in science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM), and serve as positive role models and contributors to their communities.
For more information about Greene Scholars, visit here: https://www.greenescholars.org/
Following up on our bold conversation with Dr. Francisco Jimenez from our last session, this session brings the unique stories of a diverse panel coming from different professions and generations. How did they break through? We hope you can hear the stories of their challenges and successes and what/who has influenced our panelists over the years.
We invite you to join our roundtable with the following guest speakers:
1. Frank Carbajal - Author & Founder
2. Carlos Singh - Lawyer & San Jose State University Professor
3. Teresa Marquez - East Side Union High School District Assistant Superintendent
4. Jose Gonzalez - Assistant Superintendent in the Santa Clara Unified School District
5. Lisanna Dominguez - Executive Vice President of Strategy & Advocacy of the Eastside Education Initiative
6. Valeria Cazares - Program Coordinator at SVEF
7. Valerie Valle - San Jose State University Student
Author and educator, Francisco Jiménez recounts his experience growing up in a migrant worker family and emphasizes the importance of education. He and his family emigrated from Tlaquepaque, Mexico to California, and as a child worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. Through personal images and stories, he'll also explain his process and why he writes.
Jiménez’s autobiographical books The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (Cajas de cartón, Spanish edition), Breaking Through (Senderos fronterizos, Spanish edition), Reaching Out (Más allá de mí, Spanish edition), have won several national literary awards, including the John Steinbeck Award, which "is given to writers, artists, thinkers, and activists whose work captures Steinbeck’s empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of people who by circumstance are pushed to the fringes.”
Joining SVEF's last session of this school year is the acclaimed memoirist and book author. Danté Stewart. Throughout SVEF's #BoldConversations journey, we have used Glenn Singleton's six Courageous Conversation principles. In this session, Danté shared with us his personal journey on defining "What Do You Mean by 'Race'?" and lead the bold conversation of "Let's Talk about Whiteness".
Danté Stewart is a writer and speaker whose voice has been featured on CNN, The Washington Post, Christianity Today, Sojourners, The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, Comment Magazine, and more. He is the author of the debut memoir Shoutin’ in the Fire. As an up and coming voice, he writes and speaks into the areas of race, religion, and politics. He received his B.A. in Sociology from Clemson University. He is currently studying at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
Glenn Singleton's Fourth Condition is all about keeping us all at the table to have a courageous conversation. This session consisted of an amazing panel of children's book authors who have devoted their lives to celebrating racial and cultural diversity. They have shared how they have written their unique stories through the lens of equity to teach young adults many valuable lessons about self-identity.
1. Joanna Ho, New York Times bestselling author of "Eyes that Kiss in the Corners" and many more
2. Kirsten Liepmann, author of "Little Book for Big Changes: Activities and tips to make the world a better place"
3. Wafa Shami, author of the latest release "When Za'atar Met Zeit"
4. Tam Le, Founder of Tiny Wrist Bilingual Vietnamese Books
Moderating our panel is Colleen Thomas, author of "Beautiful Skin: A Children's Book about Overcoming Racism".
The Third Condition will normalize the social construction of knowledge, thus engaging multiple racial points of view in order to surface critical perspective. This concept acknowledges the process through which racial meaning is inherited, interpreted, and passed on from one generation to the next. Each attendee creates meaning around our current racial reality based on how we have experienced and understood our near and distant pasts It enables educators to develop will, skill, and capacity for listening to and engaging with conflicting racial perspectives and experiences. Where and in what manner we have grown up creates the lens through which we see the world racially. When individuals bring their unique construction of racial knowledge to the conversation, then there will necessarily be multiple racial points of view to consider…thus surfacing different perspectives.
Moderating this session's bold and diverse panel is Ingrid Hadley, a Global Diversity and Inclusion Expert and Leadership Coach for over 20 years from ILH Possibilities, Inc.