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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 
Technology Access Foundation (TAF) STEMbyTAF

Technology Access Foundation (TAF) STEMbyTAF

Monday, September 13 — 7:00 pm

Meeting length — 90 Minutes

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, 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
TBD-Seattle Mayoral Candidates

TBD-Seattle Mayoral Candidates

Monday, October 11 — 7:00 pm

Meeting length — 90 Minutes

Past Discussions

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.