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Principal HkwauaQueJol Hollins of Roosevelt High School

Principal HkwauaQueJol Hollins of Roosevelt High School

Monday, January 31 — 7:00 pm

Presenter

Principal HkwauaQueJol Hollins of Roosevelt High School, known as Q to friends and colleagues, will be the featured guest at RARE’s Open Discussion Session on January 31.

Hollins was born and raised in Seattle. A graduate of John Marshall alternative High School in Seattle, Hollins went on earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Oregon. He received an Educational Leadership Certificate through Virginia Commonwealth University and spent eight years working in Virginia and the District of Columbia as a teacher and administrator.

Hollins is in his first year as Roosevelt’s principal. He vowed to approach the year “with eyes wide open and a mindset that asks, ‘What can I learn from you?’” He acknowledged that part of his role as principal is to “continue the Race and Equity work, grow Roosevelt academically, and help guide young people in making quality decisions that will allow them to have choices to which path they want to journey in this ever-changing world.”

Discussion Topic

Racial Climate and Equity Work at Roosevelt High School

Pre-Reads

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Dr. Quintard Taylor, Professor Emeritus, Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History

Dr. Quintard Taylor, Professor Emeritus, Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History

Monday, November 8 — 7:00 pm

Presenter

Quintard Taylor is an historian, author, and website director. From July 1, 1998, until June 30, 2018, Taylor was the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington, Seattle and as such he held the oldest endowed chair at the University. He is now retired and holds the title, the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor Emeritus.

Taylor and other volunteers created an online website resource center for African American history called BlackPast.org. The center houses 8,000 pages of information and features contributions by 1,000 academic, independent, and student historians from six continents. It is now the largest reference center of its type on the Internet.
Read More about Quintard Taylor

Discussion Topic

What Is Critical Race Theory?

Over the past twelve months Critical Race Theory (CRT) has emerged as one of the most contentious issues in American society. In fact, the Republican Party has concluded that opposition to CRT is one of the half-dozen issues that will generate for them a GOP majority in the 2022 Congressional Elections. While many people have strong views in support of or opposition to Critical Race Theory, most Americans including those who hold those views, have little knowledge of its true meaning or its history.

Dr. Quintard Taylor’s presentation to RARE on November 8 will discuss the history of Critical Race Theory and of how this concept, formerly reserved for debate among law professors and their students, has suddenly become the topic of intense acrimonious conflict over the education of students in public and private schools across the nation. His talk is designed to describe the debate, not determine if Critical Race Theory is a helpful tool in addressing racial inequity in American society. Dr. Taylor believes that is a decision every person in the audience must make on her or his own.

Pre-Reads:

  1. https://history.washington.edu/people/quintard-taylor
  2. https://www.blackpast.org/
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyKg-iKxfAs&list=PLDzz8ja_PajTCsAvOv47dgBkduVWOwOmX
Ask Bruce Harrell & Lorena Gonzalez Your Questions About Racial Equity in Seattle

Ask Bruce Harrell & Lorena Gonzalez Your Questions About Racial Equity in Seattle

Monday, October 11 — 7:00 pm

Bruce Harrell 7:00 – 7:40 PM

Bruce Harrell was born in 1958 in Seattle to an African American father who was one of the first Black union linemen at Seattle City Light, and a Japanese American mother who had been incarcerated at Minidoka during World War II and worked for the Seattle Public Library. The Harrell family lived in Seattle’s redlined Central District, where Bruce graduated from Garfield High School in 1976 as valedictorian of his class.
Read More About Bruce Harrell

Lorena Gonzalez 7:45 – 8:25 PM

M. Lorena Gonzalez is a member of the Seattle City Council in Washington, representing Position 9 At-Large. She assumed office in 2016. Her current term ends on December 31, 2021. Gonzalez is running for election for Mayor of Seattle in Washington. As one of two at-large (citywide) representatives and the first Latinx elected to serve the Seattle City Council, Councilmember M. Lorena González has over a decade of experience as a civil rights attorney and community advocate.
Read More About Lorena Gonzalez

Discussion Topic

As candidates for Mayor of Seattle, both Bruce Harrell and Lorena Gonzalez will be discussing their views on racial equity and the opportunities within the City of Seattle.

Pre-Reads

  1. My mother knew the trauma of anti-Asian hatred in the land of her father’s dreams

Disclaimer

RARE, as a non-profit charity, does not support or oppose individual candidates running for public office. RARE invited both candidates for Mayor of the City of Seattle to speak to our group for educational purposes. Both candidates will be given equal time to speak and field questions.

Technology Access Foundation (TAF) STEMbyTAF

Technology Access Foundation (TAF) STEMbyTAF

Monday, September 13 — 7:00 pm

Presenter

TAF is a Seattle-based nonprofit leader redefining K-12 public education throughout Washington State. By using STEM as a tool for social change, TAF implements a 360-degree approach that transforms classrooms and schools into equitable anti-racist learning environments where all students, teachers, and leaders in education can thrive. Featured speakers from TAF include:

  • Maribel Valdez-Gonzalez, STEM Integration Transformation Coach
  • Heather Lechner, Executive Director of Education
  • Krishna Richardson-Daniels, Director of STEMbyTAF at Washington Middle School
  • David Goldenkranz, Ally Engagement Program Manager

Discussion Topic

Redefining Public Education: The How and The Why
Technology Access Foundation (TAF) aims to promote social change throughout public education and corporate industries by breaking down barriers to high-quality STEM education for students furthest from educational justice. By discussing how public school districts, local governments, and companies can actively participate in creating a more equitable education system, TAF challenges us all to change the culture of education to ensure public education serves all students through anti-racist practice and pedagogy.

Pre-Reading

  1. Amazon Awards TAF $150,000 to Fund New Initiative to Sustain Retention of BIPOC Educators Across Washington State
  2. Inside the Journey to Justice: Building an Equitable Public System Together
Dr. Alex Manning, Assistant Professor, Hamilton College

Dr. Alex Manning, Assistant Professor, Hamilton College

Monday, August 16 — 7:00 pm

Meeting length — 90 Minutes

Presenter

Alex Manning grew up in Seattle, Washington and graduated from Garfield High School. He completed a B.A. in sociology from Howard University in 2011. Alex continued his education and earned his PhD. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2019.  Dr. Manning previously taught at Jacksonville University, in Jacksonville, FL. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hamilton College, in Clinton, NY. Dr. Manning teaches the following sociology courses: Racism and Race in the United States; Sports and Society; Race, Gender, Abolition, and Restorative Justice; Introduction to Sociology; and Senior Projects/Thesis.

Discussion Topic

The role of youth sports in the struggle for racial justice: a sociological perspective.

Dr. Manning’s research explores the dynamic collisions among racism, inequality, families, youth, sport, and culture. He is specifically interested in how racism structures youth sports and other extracurricular activities, and how youth, parents, and coaches experience and make sense of race in their own lives. His work has been published in a variety of academic journals and edited volumes, such as the Du Bois Review, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Sociological Perspectives, European Journal for Sport and Society, and Child’s Play: Sports in Kids’ Worlds. He is in the process of developing a book from his dissertation about US youth soccer culture and its implications regarding race, class, gender, youth, and parenting.

Pre-Reads:

  1. Race, Sport, and Politics: The Sporting Black Diaspora by Ben Carrington 
  2. Youth Sports Inc. HBO Real Sports w/Bryant Gumbel
  3. What’s Behind The Racism at Youth Sports Events? by Bob Cook

Additional Reads

  1. The Heritage by Howard Bryant
  2. Child’s Play (eds. Mike Messner and Michaela Musto)
  3. The Kaepernick Effect: Taking a Knee and Changing the World by Dave Zirin 
Dr. Kyle Kinoshita, Retired Chief of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction, Seattle Public Schools

Dr. Kyle Kinoshita, Retired Chief of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction, Seattle Public Schools

Monday, July 19 — 7:00 pm

Meeting length — 90 Minutes

PRESENTER

Dr. Kyle Kinoshita is a longtime Seattle resident (Rainier Beach, ’71) and member of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL).  He retired in 2019 as Chief of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction from Seattle Public Schools, and has been a K-12 educator in the Puget Sound area. His undergraduate degree was in ethnic studies and since then has long been interested and involved in issues of racial equity.

DISCUSSION OBJECTIVE

To get a deeper understanding of the steep escalation in the last year and a half of hate and bias against Asian Americans in the U.S.

DISCUSSION TOPIC

Dr. Kyle Kinoshita will initiate a conversation on the upsurge of anti-Asian hate incidents that has erupted since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  He will give a brief history of Asian Americans that will explain the roots of the narrative fueling the anti-Asian hate manifesting itself in the numerous attacks.

PRE-READS

  1. A short article on Asian Americans’ reluctance to go back to in-person learning.
  2. A chapter from a book that deals with the “model minority” myth.
Dr. Brent Jones, Seattle Schools Superintendent

Dr. Brent Jones, Seattle Schools Superintendent

Monday, June 7 — 5:00 pm

Meeting length — 45 Minutes

Presenter

Brent Jones is interim Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools. He is a graduate of Seattle’s Franklin High School and the University of Washington. He received master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He has served in executive positions with King County, Seattle Colleges, Kent Public Schools and Green River College. This is his second stint with the Seattle Public Schools.

Discussion Topic

Dr. Jones wants to create conditions for students to thrive. Racial equity is high on his list of priorities and that’s no coincidence. He was formerly the chief of equity, partnerships and engagement for the district.  In his discussion with RARE, Jones outlined his top priorities.

Brandon Hersey, VP Seattle School Board

Brandon Hersey, VP Seattle School Board

Monday, May 10 — 5:00 pm

Meeting length — 90 Minutes

Presenter

Brandon Hersey is vice president of the Seattle School Board, a second-grade teacher in Federal Way, and a scout master for the only black scout troop in Seattle. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communications from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was named a Truman Scholar. His master’s degree in Education is from the University of Washington.

Discussion Topic

Hersey shared his priorities for Seattle Schools, including retaining Black male teachers, improving student outcomes, and teaching history that includes the stories of all Americans. He also challenged Seattle’s reputation as a liberal city where race is concerned.

Kristina Rodgers, Principal Roosevelt High School (former)

Kristina Rodgers, Principal Roosevelt High School (former)

Monday, March 15 — 5:00 pm

Meeting length — 90 Minutes

Presenter

Kristina Rodgers is the former Principal at Roosevelt High School, recently ending her four-year tenure. She was previously assistant principal there for seven years and served as athletic director at Ballard High School. She also taught Spanish at Ballard and Evergreen high schools. She will join Bainbridge Island High School in the fall.

Discussion Topic

As Principal of Roosevelt, Rodgers had to diffuse racial discord in the majority White school and has worked to change the school’s reputation as an unfriendly place for students of color. That involves both learning and “unlearning,” which she explained in her conversation with RARE members.