2022-2023 Community Education Series

Learn, Explore, Be Inspired

The Epiphany School Community Education Series offers an annual slate of diverse educational opportunities for the adults in our school community—parents/guardians, grandparents, friends, and neighbors.

In keeping with our strategic plan, the Epiphany School Community Education Series enhances our authentic and inclusive community by welcoming diverse thought, sharing our expanded vision and mission, and providing creative and engaging educational opportunities for our community. We welcome ideas for future programming and we will continue to collaborate with neighboring schools and the Epiphany Parent Council to develop and offer events that meet our community’s interests and needs.

2022/2023 Equity & Inclusion Series:
 

November 15, 2022, 6:00-7:15 pm: Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr: NWord: Is There a Message in the Madness. Please RSVP to attend and receive Zoom link(In partnership with neighboring independent schools).

ABOUT THIS EVENT: Who is allowed to say the N!word? What do we do or say when the N!word is said in our classrooms, hallways, practices, cafeterias and resident halls? Ignoring the N!Word is not an option anymore - You can hear N!Word everywhere nowadays. Participants are challenged to examine their personal/professional histories with N!Word when and/or how they first heard N!Word and pictures/feelings associated with the word. The workshop encourages all people, but specifically future leaders, educators and parents, to consider the ramifications of casual or uniformed usage of a powerful and troublesome word.

Participants will leave the session with:

  • a heightened understanding of the impact of the word, especially on our youth;
  • strategies for eliminating the word from school/curriculum;
  • resources for continued growth and development of strategies for addressing difficult conversations.
     

January 19, 2023 from 6:00-7:15 pm: Dr. Yuria Celidwen: Healing & Wholeness as Love, Power, and Resistance. Please RSVP to attend and receive Zoom link(In partnership with neighboring independent schools).

ABOUT THIS EVENT: More information TBA
 

March 9, 2023 from 6:00-7:15 pm: LeDerick Horne: Disability, Race, and Identity. Please RSVP to attend and receive Zoom link(In partnership with neighboring independent schools).

ABOUT THIS EVENT: Within this presentation LeDerick Horne will draw from the book “Empowering. Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success.” LeDerick will share his own experience navigating special education classes and will give advice to help all students develop positive identities as people with disabilities. Strategies to help students reach their transition goals will be provided. The audience will also explore the intersectionality of disability, race, and identity to help them create more inclusive schools and communities. LeDerick’s personal story and poetry will also be shared during this talk.

Participants will be able to:

  • List several evidence-based practices and strategies which can empower students with disabilities to reach their transition goals.
  • Describe the importance of disability identity to reduce stigma and improve student engagement and disability pride.
  • Address many of the challenges facing students with disabilities from communities of color to help service providers and families build a more equitable learning environment.
  • List sources of mentors and role modelsto help students build a meaningful connection to the disability community.
     

May 4, 2023 from 6:00-7:15 pm: Kimberlee Williams: Dear White Woman, Please Come Home: Showing Up as a Safe Space in Our Schools. Please RSVP to attend and receive Zoom link(In partnership with neighboring independent schools).

ABOUT THIS EVENT: Kimberlee Williams, Author of Dear White Woman, Please Come Home, is a humanist first and believes that racism can be dismantled through authentic relationship building where a mirror is held up to interrogate one's assumptions, beliefs, behaviors, and patterns of interactions. With a shift in any and all of the above as authentic relationships dive beneath the surface, the power and harm caused by the legacy of racism can be dismantled.

Additional details regarding the Equity & Inclusion Virtual Speaker Series can be found here.