Citizen Schools staff and Massachusetts Teaching Fellows came together for a discussion on the effects of the current political climate on issues of education and immigration. The event, “Engaging Multiple Perspectives on Race, Community Engagement and a Way Forward,” brought together an expert panel, including social activists, educators and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to discuss what is one of the most tumultuous times in our country’s history.
Attorney General Healey was introduced by our CEO, Emily McCann, who lauded her as "a tremendous advocate for the people of Massachusetts."
AG Healey gave an impassioned speech that outlined the steps her office is taking to protect public education and improve opportunities for all students. She spoke about the importance of AmeriCorps and the National Teaching fellowship. Addressing the assembled Teaching Fellows, she highlighted the importance of their roles in preparing the next generation.
After AG Healey's speech, attendees broke into roundtable discussion groups led by local educators, advocates and activists. All conversations revolved around a central theme: how national events and conversations around education, immigration and criminal justice reform are impacting our schools and communities – particularly those with a high concentration of immigrants.
Special thanks to AG Healey and her office, as well as the Boston-area organizations and their leaders who made the engaging discussions possible.
CEO/Founder, Latinos for Education
Director of Urban Outreach Initiatives, Boston College
Carlos Rojas Alvarez
Campaign Director, Youth on Board
President, Boston Chapter of National Society of Black Engineers
Manager of Diversity Initiatives, UP Academy