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Disproportionality-Culturally Responsive Education

On Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. on the virtual Zoom platform, Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, and the author of The New York Times bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, will join the Buffalo Public Schools and district community stakeholders at their monthly “Disproportionality-Culturally Responsive Education” training sessions which work to dismantle systemic racism and oppression in schools and the district community. Each school’s Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Initiatives team is currently engaged in a year-long analysis and study of Wilkerson’s book Caste, as the district continues to implement and strategize on best practices for dismantling systemic racism and racial inequalities in schools and classrooms. According to Dr. Fatima Morrell, Associate Superintendent for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Initiatives, “Caste allows us to understand deep seated racism as a derivative and function of caste systems and the origins of racism in America. When we can understand lesser-known contributors to racism that are historic in nature, we are better equipped to provide equitable access and opportunity within educational structures and programs that lead to success for all of our students”.   

A gifted storyteller, Wilkerson captivates audiences with the universal human story of migration and reinvention, as well as the unseen hierarchies that have divided us as a nation, in order to find a way to transcend them. She has become an impassioned voice for demonstrating how history can help us understand ourselves, our country and our current era of upheaval. In her writing, Wilkerson brings the invisible and the marginalized into the light and into our hearts. In her lectures, she explores with authority the need to reconcile America’s karmic racial inheritance — a notion she has expressed in her widely-shared Op-Ed essays in The New York Times  

Zoom Info: 

Meeting ID: 921 4914 7442  

Passcode: CLRI