Please join our inaugural BRAVE Communities Conversation on Tuesday, February 28th from 7-9pm at ACC's Highland Learning Center, Room 2216 (formerly Highland Mall).
Let's unite together to learn, grow, discover, share, and gain new perspectives from our five panelists and each other. They are specialists in the field of education, emphasizing equity, diversity, and inclusivity for the classrooms in Central Texas and beyond. We invite students, parents, educators, and community members to join our healthy dialogues. and to build relationships with other like-minded community members.
Guest Panelists Include:
Joshua Childs is an Assistant Professor of Education Policy in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on analyzing solutions that are implemented to address complex societal problems. His work helps to inform policymakers and community organizations on how to implement the best approaches that will lead to positive educational outcomes for all students.
Kendall Evans is the Director of Diversity at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin, TX. He is responsible for initiatives related to equity and inclusivity at 2 campuses separated by 8.5 miles and across 3 divisions spanning grades k-12. In addition to spearheading St. Andrew's diversity efforts in policy and programming, Mr. Evans also teaches philosophy and medical physiology electives at the upper school and just recently created a 7th grade service learning class that will officially become a course offering in the fall of the 2017/18 school year.
Sara Freund is a proud third grade teacher, parent, and former student of the Austin Independent School District. As an anti-racist educator she works at a campus and district level to create change so that every student feels welcome, safe, valued, and included. In her own classroom she facilitates discussions with her students about differences, fairness, equity, justice, and social change so that they can identify issues of injustice in their own lives and be empowered to take action in peaceful, meaningful ways.
Skye Howell is an Associate Professor, Adjunct in the Student Development and Human Services departments and Faculty Coordinator for the Education area of study at Austin Community College. She received her graduate degree in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity from the University of Colorado- Boulder and her undergraduate degree in Recreation Therapy at Texas State University. As an educator, her teaching philosophy is strengths based, prioritizing student equity and encouraging student success through self-efficacy using a servant leadership approach.
Wei-Ling Sun is a doctoral candidate in the educational policy and planning program at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research focus on public school leadership, school-to-prison pipeline, and women of color feminisms.
Date: Tuesday, February 28 from 7:00-9:00 PM
Location: ACC Highland Campus, 6101 Airport Blvd, Austin, Texas 78752