Real Talk From LWV

Anti-Racism Program
Posted on 02/06/2021
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The League of Women Voters Real Talk program will host a two-part series examining how to infuse equity and anti-racism into Northeast Ohio schools.

“Equity & Anti-Racism in Ohio Schools: Building the Principles, Policies, Programs and Practices for ALL of Ohio’s Children” will run Feb. 17 and 24 at 7 p.m.

League officials stated Part 1, moderated by Susan Kaeser, League of Women Voters of Ohio Education specialist and author, will feature the four Ohio Board of Education members, past and present, who drafted the July 2020 “Resolution To Condemn Racism And To Advance Equity And Opportunity For Black Students, Indigenous Students And Students Of Color.” Board President Laura Kohler will be joined by Meryl Johnson, District 11, and former board members Linda Haycock and Stephanie Dodd, to discuss the components of the resolution and discuss how it will guide more than 600 public school districts across the state, impacting approximately 1.7 million Ohio students.

Part 2, moderated by Rick Jackson, senior host and producer with ideastream, WVIZ PBS and WCPN NPR, with opening remarks from Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria, will welcome school superintendents and district leaders who are successfully driving innovative student programming, instituting systemic policy changes and combatting dangerous biases in education. They will share how their approaches have impacted student learning, addressed social-emotional health and bridged opportunity gaps for thousands of students in Northeast Ohio. These panelists include: Ellen McWilliams-Woods, chief academic officer, assistant superintendent, Akron Public Schools; Elizabeth Kirby, superintendent, Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District; Andrea Celico, superintendent, Bedford City School District; and John Marschhausen, superintendent, Hilliard City Schools.

To participate in the series, register at:

REAL TALK is a diversity, equity and inclusion program involving four Northeast Ohio Leagues of Women Voters (Akron Area, Greater Cleveland, Hudson and Kent) that examines the pulleys and levers in Northeast Ohio that perpetuate systemic and institutional racism, discrimination, cycles of poverty, disparities in education, social determinants of health, criminal injustice, environmental injustice, and employment and housing insecurity. The program assembles experts, practitioners and community members who create and drive meaningful, sustainable change and provides the information, resources and tools for Northeast Ohio residents to take action. For more information, visit
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