Racial Healing as a Path Towards Racial Justice
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Systematic racism is deeply embedded in the fabric of America. Because we’ve all been socialized in and internalized racism, racial healing is imminent. Racial healing requires an atonement of past harms, reconciling present injustices, and building a socially just future. This healing starts with each of us as individuals initiating our own process of understanding the impact racism continues to have on our lives. As we work individually, a collective effort is needed to remove systematic barriers that perpetuate racial inequities. As a collective we must build the beloved community and work towards a just society. Racial healing must include the upliftment of disenfranchised communities who have been disproportionately affected by racial injustice, racial violence and trauma. Join us on May 25, the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, as we engage in a discussion on racial healing.
Dr. Ebonyse Mead is the president of the Educational Equity Institute and the Clinical instructo rin the Birth to Kindergarten teacher education program at Georgia Southern. Since 2016, Ebonyse has provided training on racial equity with a particular focus on examining structural barriers to educational equity, implicit racial bias, and culturally responsive instruction to the
early childhood workforce.
Dr. Mead has presented nationally on racial equity in early childhood and has published articles on implicit bias and culturally responsive family engagement in early childhood and family science publications. Ebonyse is deeply committed to creating brave spaces to talk about structural racism and promote equitable and just programs in early childhood
Shon Sims is a Family Life Coach and Energy Practitioner. He has over 20 years working with youth and families in school and communities and 8 yrs of non-profit consulting and program development. His motto is to understand that our blockages are only the beginning of the journey to manifesting our goals. The primary goal of Shon's work is to assist his clients in moving their life to a destination with unlimited possibilities. As a Coach, his personal goals and mission is to align self and others with their purpose to "Know Thy Self".
Dr. Devonya Govan-Hunt is the current President of the National Black Child Development Institaute Charlotte, NC Affiliate. Her research is very weighted in that of cultural competency, addressing the preschool to prison pipeline, mass incarceration, and race matters. Dr. Govan-Hunt is the president of the Mecklenburg Child Care Association, an active board member for BCDI-Charlotte, a co-chair for the Ready for School committee with the Read Charlotte community initiative, and the PTO president at Reedy Creek Elementary School
Kimberly Allen, Ph.D., BCC, CFLE is Associate Director of Academic Programs and Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NCSU. Dr. Allen has over 20 years of experience working with youth and their families and her research interests include student success, family life coaching, teaching with technology, parenting, and relationship education. Dr. Allen is author of the book Theory, Research, and Practical Guidelines for Family Life Coaching.
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