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From the Office of CLRI

On October 6, 2022, the Buffalo Public Schools Office of Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Initiatives will launch its annual Disproportionality-Culturally Responsive Education training series in partnership with Villa Maria College from 8:30am-3:30pm. Under the leadership of Chief Fatima Morrell, the district and 350 district stakeholders, including administrators, teachers, parents, students, and community members,  will engage in racial healing circles where they will face head on  the white supremacist Tops massacre that occurred on Buffalo's East Side on May 14, 2022, as well as other issues and solutions for addressing racial inequalities in schools, classrooms, and the community. The October session is titled:  " Community Building Through Centering Joy: let's heal and Be Real" with the purpose and goal of developing collective healing through courageous dialogue and pedagogical strategies for addressing racial trauma and centering joy in the lives of Buffalo's students. Common Council President Darius Pridgen will serve as Keynote Speaker at 11:30am and Buffalo's own Poet Laureat, Jillian Hanesworth, will offer her artistic renditions as a way to close the healing sessions with an honoring of those whose lives were senselessly taken away from us.  
Please see flyer for details and please join us.