VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Natalie Allen
Date: 06/04/20 Phone: 757.263.1313
News Release No. 030 Fax: 757.263.1010
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Email: natalie.allen@vbschools.com

Virginia Beach City Public Schools presents
a panel discussion on race and equity

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS), in partnership with equity leaders across the Commonwealth, is hosting a virtual forum on equity, race and recent events that impact our local and global communities. The panel discussion includes VBCPS leaders and community members whose diverse backgrounds have influenced their personal, educational and professional endeavors toward inclusive excellence.

“As a school division committed to equity, we are honored to provide a space to enable this necessary, crucial and courageous conversation,” said Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. “This is not the time to be silent. It is not enough to condemn racism and injustice. We must do the work to disrupt it entirely. Our children’s future depends upon it.”

How to Talk About Equity, Race and Recent Events, will be Tuesday, June 9, at 5 p.m., and will be viewable via the Zoom platform or Facebook Live.

The VBCPS panelists are:
Dr. Aaron C. Spence, Superintendent
Dr. LaQuiche Parrott, Director, Opportunity and Achievement
Dr. Admon Alexander, Director, Family and Community Engagement

The community panelists are:
Beatriz Amberman, founder of the Hispanic Community Dialogue Organization of Hampton Roads and an appointed member to the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission.

Jonathan Zur, President & CEO of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities; and governor-appointed member of the Commonwealth Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The discussion will be moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee, executive producer and host of Another View on WHRV 89.5 FM, a weekly call-in radio talk show that discusses today's topics from an African American perspective.

The public is encouraged to help frame the conversation by sending questions or comments in advance of the event via this form.

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