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In 1954, the Supreme Court held that racial segregation in public schools violated the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting states from denying equal protection of the laws and creating fairness and equality in education. 66 years later, our educational system is systematically racist, with little to suggest that change is on the horizon. From unequal funding to differential treatment by school administrators, minority students do not have the same opportunities as white students because of their skin color. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the lack of equal opportunities for minority students, how racism affects student success, and the anti-racist frameworks necessary to eliminate systemic racism and institutional discrimination.
This event is open to members of the GMercyU, SEPCHE, and CMHE communities.
About Campus Conversations:
Each fall, Gwynedd Mercy University offers Campus Conversations, a series of lectures, panel discussions, and presentations whose purpose is three-fold: to generate conversation as part of our commitment to intellectual inquiry and lifelong learning; to address relevant, timely, and meaningful topics that speak to our mission and core values; to highlight the expertise of our faculty and other scholars in relevant disciplines. This year’s theme is Systemic Racism.
The purpose of this series of Campus Conversations is to talk about the differences, making sure that all sides are represented. This is not a forum to disseminate propaganda, but a chance to talk about the issues that surround these troubling events, with an eye toward educating on all fronts. Remember, the opposite of education is ignorance, something we should all aspire to destroy.