The Equity Report

Black History Month Edition

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Steps Towards Inclusion

Shout Out to the Barbieri Elementary Team

Big S/o to Jessica Mendes-VP, Sarah McGowan: SEB Coach: Liannys Alvarez: Guidance Counselor, Tracy Gabriel: Social Worker, Kelly Quinn: Social Work, Barbieri Elementary for creating this Black History Month calendar. The calendar highlights some local Framingham Black leaders you may know :) Big thanks to Rochelle Santos for reformatting the calendar.

Thank you for your efforts to highlight the contributions of local and national Black leaders.

Please click the link

Shout Out to Potter Road Elementary School

Big S/o to Ginny Hoehlein (5th Grade Teacher) and Potter Road Elementary School for creating this PowerPoint honoring Historical Black Figures.

Ginny is also making a video to read aloud a book: Kamala Harris: rooted in justice by Nikki Grimes

Please click the link below:

Upcoming Events

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Community Support: Virtual Events Black Boys Beyond Stereotypes: A Call to Action

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 1:30-2:30pm

This is an online event.

Cosponsored by the FSU Division of Enrollment & Student Development, the Center for Inclusive Excellence, the Chris Walsh Center, and the Departments of Education, English, Psychology, and Sociology.

Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST

As part of Framingham State University's (FSU) commitment toward becoming an anti-racist institution, in recent months members of the FSU community have been encouraged to watch the documentary film Black Boys . The film takes a powerful look at the dehumanization of black males in the United States through "an intimate, intergenerational conversation at the intersection of sports, education, and criminal justice."

They now have an opportunity to have an important discussion about the film with students, faculty, and staff in the FSU community, as well as members of the public. This panel discussion will include two of the film's commentators: Dr. Travis Bristol, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and Mr. Conan Harris, former Executive Director of My Brother's Keeper Boston. Also speaking as a panelist will be FSU Mathematics and Secondary Education student Dan Karanja '21.

This event will take place over Zoom. You will receive the Zoom link after registering.

Panelists will discuss the documentary "Black Boys" (please watch in advance, free at

Learn More and Register on Eventbrite

Engaging in Antiracism Work: During Black History Month and Beyond

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 4-5pm

This is an online event.

Black History Month is too often approached as a once-a-year opportunity to highlight the contributions of African Americans to American industry, life, and culture. Join us in this interactive webinar where we will explore the importance of taking a more antiracist approach to celebrating Black achievement throughout the year. Taking a more antiracist approach means committing to confronting present-day inequities in schools and rejecting deficit approaches to educating Black students. “Black joy” can truly be expressed when students feel socially and emotionally safe and valued in school.

During the webinar, we will:

  • Discuss some of the educator mindsets and practices that continue to hinder the social, emotional, and academic growth of Black students.
  • Gain insight into not only the importance of Black History Month celebrations but also the year-long approaches to teaching from a racial equity lens that uplift Black students.
  • Explore the concept of “Black joy” and how to cultivate it daily.

You will be eligible to receive one hour of professional development credit for participation if you actively watch the webinar. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from the webinar console. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.

About the Presenter

Steven L. Becton is the Chief Officer for Equity and Inclusion for the international non-profit educational organization Facing History and Ourselves. He writes and speaks for Facing History on urban education and equity issues in and beyond the classroom. He presents at national conferences, writes blogs, and conducts workshops and webinars for educators and for the larger community centered on having courageous conversations about race and education. He is a skilled facilitator and experienced presenter.

He leads a team of Facing History staff who are working deeply in these schools to create whole school culture and transformational educational experiences that would equip educators, while also empowering students to overcome the systemic issues that have placed them at risk. Steve has a MS in Educational Leadership and is a final-term Ph.D. student at the University of Memphis where his research focuses on the historical construct of race and its impact on education.

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