Race and Schools: List of Talks & Programs (’20-21)

This is an informal list of talks and programs that provide more insight and analysis on race in schools. I am sharing information about these talks and programs that may be of interest to Trinity College, HMTCA, and Hartford communities. These are mostly online talks and programs. I’ll keep the page updated over the school year. Sharing is not an endorsement or approval. Please feel free to send questions or share suggestions.

– Robert Cotto, Jr., Director, HMTCA Partnership, DEI Community Fellow.

Co-Author: Dr. Stefanie Wong, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, CT


Summer 2021

Program: Free Minds, Free People Conference

From website: “Free Minds, Free People is a national conference convened by the Education for Liberation Network that brings together teachers, young people, researchers, parents and community-based activists/educators from across the country to build a movement to develop and promote education as a tool for liberation. Virtual for the first time, we will be doing our best to bring that feeling of “coming home” to our virtual space.”

Date and Time: July 7 – August 3, 2021

Link: http://fmfp.org/registration/

Host: Education for Liberation Network

Cost: activities range from free to $30 workshops


Spring 2021

Program: The Racist History of Standardized Testing

Awo Okaikor Aryee-Price, Jesse Hagopian, Denisha Jones & Wayne Au discuss the racist history of standardized testing and its impacts today.

Date and Time: Thu, April 29, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-racist-history-of-standardized-testing-tickets-151549746371

Hosts: Awo Okaikor Aryee-Price, Jesse Hagopian, Denisha Jones & Wayne Au

Cost: Donations from 0 to $25 considered


Program: 1960’s Activism, Archives and the Now: A Talk by Paul Lauter related to his new book, Our Sixties: An Activist’s History

Date and Time: Apr 20, 2021 05:00 PM

Link: https://trincoll.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IIzaRuTHQwmcdMux0-TRWw

Hosts: Trinity College

Cost: Free


Program: Latinas Leading Schools panel with Dr. Fabiola Bagula, Dr. Rebeca Burcaiga, Dr. Melissa Martinez, Dr. Sylvia  Mendez-Morse, and Ana Tavares (Part of Emancipatory Education Speaker Series)

Date and Time: Friday, March 12, 3:30-5pm PST

Link: https://www.sjsu.edu/education/community/iee/speaker-series.php?fbclid=IwAR1oAtRU9cKLbKylamqFgpgpWUvLph9aGWiVLNWASjmiXGy4QTPo_MnmDZg

Host: San José State University, Emancipatory Education Speaker Series

Cost: Free


Program: Centering the Voices of Women of Color Teaching K-12 Ethnic Studies

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8:30 PM EST – 10 PM EST

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/522240538752354/?ti=ls

Host: University of San Francisco, School of Education

Cost: Free


Program: Reading, Writing, and Racism: Disrupting Whiteness in Teacher Education and in the Classroom

Date and Time: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021 AT 5 PM EST

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/947733169093404/?ti=ls

Host: New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE)

Cost: Free



Programs: Race, Education, and the COVID-19 Pandemic with Professor Erica Turner (2/18)

Hope and Healing through Anti-racist Teaching (2/25)

Date and Time: February 18  & & 25, 6-7:30 p.m.

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-utah-name-conference-tickets-131475429549

Host: Utah Chapter of National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME)

Cost: Free


Program: Cultivating Spaces of Community, Healing, and Resilience for BIPOC Teachers and Students

Date and Time: Thursday, February 18th from 4:00-5:00pm PST (8 p.m.  for Eastern time zone)

Link: https://ucr.zoom.us/…/register/WN_-tn9j8_ESzufs-RXIIhD0A

Host: UCR TEP’s Ethnic Studies Speaker Series

Cost: Free



Date and Time: Wednesday, February 17th from 1 to 2 p.m.

Link: https://www.ccaurora.edu/paul-ortiz-presentation-02-17-2021

Host: Community College of Aurora Social Science Department

Cost: Free


Program: Race & Democracy: America is Always Changing, but America Never Changes with Professor Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 16 @ 6 p.m.

Link: https://trincoll.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rugTN3JaR_SQ5mXjbfjGdg

Host: Trinity College, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Non-Exempt Staff Council, Umoja Coalition, Spiritual and Religious Life, S.A.I.L., Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Cost: Free



Program: Black Lives Matter at School and Progressive Education in New York City

Date and Time: February 16, 2021 @ 6 p.m. (virtual)

Link: https://apply.slc.edu/register/black-lives-matter-at-school?fbclid=IwAR0kPyxj1zmZz6eJpahtU6RF3cuM0T


Host: Patricia Virella, Sarah Lawrence College

Cost: Free



Program: Teaching Black History: A Time to Love on Us

This amazing panel will discuss what it means to teach Black History from the belief that you must love Black people to teach about Black people.

Date and Time: January 28, 2021 @ 8:00PM — 9:00PM

Link: https://abolitionistteachingnetwork.networkforgood.com/

Host: Abolitionist Teaching Network

Cost: Free or donation $



Program: Co-conspiratorship: How White Educators Should Approach & Teach Black History

A panel on how white educators can approach teaching Black history as co-conspirators facilitated by ATN’s co-founder Brandelyn Tosolt

Date and Time: January 21, 2021 @ 8:00PM — 9:00PM

Link: https://abolitionistteachingnetwork.networkforgood.com/

Host: Abolitionist Teaching Network

Cost: Free or donation $


Program: Healing America from White Body Supremacy: A Six-Week Discussion Series on My Grandmother’s Hands

Date and time: 

  • Thursday, January 14 at 6:30pm, focusing on Chapters 1 and 2.
  • Thursday, January 21 at 6:30pm , focusing on Chapters 3 and 4.
  • Future dates: February 4, 18 and March 4.

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAud-2upzoqH9DfEXb4cfuKfI8ZxWlpOya6

Host: Charter Oak Cultural Center, B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, and the Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning present

Cost: Free


Program: Black Lives Matter in the Classroom: A Conversation with Experts

Date and time: Wed, January 20, 2021, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-lives-matter-in-the-classroom-a-conversation-with-experts-tickets-131624523493

Host: Lee & Low Books

Cost: Free


Program: Reaching All Learners in a Pandemic

Date and Time: January 11, 2021, 11 a.m.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=321683649095321&ref=watch_permalink

Host: The Tom Ficklin Show (Guest host: Jesse Turner)


Past Talks and Programs

Program (Series): Excellence and Equity in Remote Learning: A Summer Series for Educators

Date and Time: Summer 2020 (talks recorded with links below)

Link: https://gse.rutgers.edu/content/excellence-and-equity-remote-learning-summer-series-educators?fbclid=IwAR0JCn96T_3YUz9uLCJ48xBxNtqmQi5k_h60vstkCVyxKT5GlPJg-Hx-RWw

Host: Rutgers Graduate School of Education

August & September 2020

Program: Raising Coconspirators: Talking About Racism With White Kids

Date and time: Thurs., August 27, 2020, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raising-coconspirators-talking-about-racism-with-white-kids-tickets-116271042819

Host: Abolitionist Teaching Network

Cost: $


Talk: Just Schools book launch with Ann Ishimaru, Muhammad Khalifa, and Megan Bang

Date and time: Aug 28, 2020 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Link: https://teacherscollege.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0sBywQkLQWyEZBa-GbfzqA

Book summary and link: Join us as we examine the challenges and possibilities for building more equitable forms of collaboration among nondominant families, communities, and schools. For more about the book: https://www.tcpress.com/just-schools-9780807763193


Talk: Teaching As a Tool for Change: Angela Davis and Ericka Huggins

Date and Time: Wed., September 9, 2020 at 4 – 5:30 PM

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/artspace-new-haven/teaching-as-a-tool-for-change-angela-davis-and-ericka-huggins/736964913767175/

Host: ArtSpace New Haven


Talk: Racial Justice in Schools, Renewing the Commitment

Date and Time: Tues., September 7, 2020, 7-9:30 p.m.

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/racial-justice-in-schools-renewing-the-commitment-tickets-111691044922?aff=erelexpmlt

Host: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture


Program (Series): Anti-Racism: A Public Professional Learning Community Webinar Series

Date and Time: Starting Sept. 10 on Thursdays from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

  • September 10, 2020: Anti-racism and Teacher Preparation Standards
  • September 24, 2020: Anti-Black Racism and Teaching Anti-racism
  • October 8, 2020: Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Bilingual and Undocumented Immigrant Education
  • October 22, 2020: Anti-racism across Disciplines and Content Areas
  • November 5, 2020: Racialized Trauma, Mentoring and Counseling
  • November 12, 2020: Ethnic Studies and Anti-Racist Pedagogies

Link: http://bit.ly/Anti_Racism_Webinars 

Host: A Public Professional Learning Community Webinar Series hosted at California State University, Fresno for current and future teachers.


Talk: Unspoken Truths: Our Third Public Forum on Racism & Equity

Date and Time: Thurs., September 10, 2020 at 7-8:30 PM

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/s/unspoken-truths-our-third-publ/712482986150278/?ti=icl 

Host: Charter Oak Cultural Center, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, and others….


Program: Facilitating A Healthy Racial Identity: A Workshop for Youth (ages 12+)

Date and Time: Sat, September 19, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/facilitating-a-healthy-racial-identity-a-workshop-for-youth-ages-12-tickets-116174859131

Host: Abolitionist Teaching Network


Talk: The Power of Ethnic Studies to Dismantle Institutionalized Oppression in K-12 Public Education w/Angela Valenzuela

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 23, 5-6:30 pm (Central Time)

Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6-BW8NBJRQ6-myIIzmIAEg

Host: LBJ Library Education Webinar Series


Talk: Paul Ortiz presents An African American and Latinx History of the United States

Date and time: Thursday, September 24, 7-8 p.m.

Link: https://cambridgepl.libcal.com/event/6901788  (Registration is required. Zoom link will be sent out prior to the event.)

Host: Cambridge Public Library


Talk: The Future of Schooling: COVID and Education

Date and Time: Saturday, September 26, 3 p.m. (EST)

Link: https://lu.ma/7s470mmv

Host: Panels to the People



Talk: Anti-Racist Leadership

Date and Time: Wed, September 30, 2020, 8-9:30 p.m

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/d41d8cd9/anti-racist-leadership-virtual-stamina-series/320785862588024/

Host: Embracing Equity




Talk: Race Talks in Anti-Racist Education

Patricia Virella, M.S. Ed.

Date and Time: Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 5- 7 p.m.

Link: https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/cdi/professional-development/race-talks.html

Host: Patricia Virella, Sarah Lawrence College


Talk: Teaching as a Political Act

Date and Time: Friday, November 20, 2020, 5- 7 p.m.

Link: https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/cdi/professional-development/teaching-political-act1.html

Host: Patricia Virella, Sarah Lawrence College