Schools today fail in two crucial ways: how they introduce children to thinking about race, and how they equip children to take part in dismantling racism. Empowering students to identify injustice and inspiring them to take action requires an investment in racial literacy—an investment most educational institutions do not make.
We invite you to get real and get uncomfortable in a panel discussion with students, educators, and administrators from both Princeton High School and Princeton University. Even though engaging in conversations about race can be daunting, we must get used to discomfort in hopes of bringing about change.
Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi, CHOOSE (http://www.princetonchoose.org) co-founders and Princeton High School seniors, recently published a 224-page textbook and racial literacy toolkit called The Classroom Index, which leverages personal stories to initiate effective dialogues about race in classrooms nationwide. Multiple community members will also briefly share personal stories and prompt related questions to the panelists.
John Anagbo, retired History and English Supervisor from Princeton High School; Ruha Benjamin, Princeton University Department of African American Studies Assistant Professor; Stephen Cochrane, Princeton Public Schools Superintendent; and Khristina Gonzalez, the Associate Dean of the College and Director of Programs for Access and Inclusion at Princeton University.