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Where is My Place in Class?

Tuesday, June 30 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CT

Widespread school closures have impacted the most vulnerable populations of students, particularly African American children. Students have lost valuable classroom time, which only compounds existing systemic prejudices that keep them from their rightful place in the educational pipeline.

Hear from a panel of community leaders as we discuss how the current events and existing policies are affecting the mental and physical health of African American students, their safety, and learning outcomes. What can we do now to enforce change?

Key focuses of this presentation include:

  1. Mental effect of the pandemic and recent protests on the African American child
  2. Physical effect of the pandemic and recent protests on the African American child
  3. How to keep African American children safe—from the pandemic to the protest
  4. How citizens can help change legislation that is harmful to the African American child
  5. How school districts are making decisions and implementing initiatives to bridge the gap in education after excessive interruptions in the school year

Moderator and Panelists:

bashelia-wardBashelia Ward
Regional Partner at
Reading Plus

vasquez-haynesVasquez Haynes
Special Education Teacher, High Tower High School, Fort Bend ISD

wmpc_panelist-4Honorable Ron Reynolds
Texas State Representative


michael_policeMichael Gregg
Houston Police Officer

wmpc_panelist-5Judge "Jeremy" L. Brown
Harris County Justice of the Peace Precinct 7-1

wmpc_panelist-6Dr. Roger Cleveland
Director, Professor, School of Education and Director, Center of Research on the Eradication of Educational Disparities (CREED)


wmpc_panelist-3Dr. David Harris
President at Texas Alliance of Black School Education

wmpc_panelist-2Principal Cornelius Anderson
Ginnings Elementary School, Denton ISD

wmpc_panelist-7Kennedy "Ken" Ward
Student at Lamar High School