Convening a Conversation on Race

Jan 23, 2014

The Santa Rosa-Sonoma County chapter of the NAACP is convening the first in a series of community Conversations about Race this afternoon. That’s the subject of the Exchange today.

The agenda for free event this afternoon is posted below:

Conversation on Race I: Education

4:00 pm – 6:30 pm - Thursday, January 23, 2014

SRJC Bertolini Student Activity Center

Opening                      Rev. Ann Gray Byrd, President, SR NAACP

Welcome                    Dr. Frank Chong, President, SRJC


Purpose/Rules             Ida M. Johnson, Chair, NAACP Education Committee

Introductions:                         Time keeper: Ernie Carpenter, NAACP 1st Vice President

Unity                           Michael Bryant, President, JACL

Moderator                   Dr. Carl Wong, former Supt. Sonoma County School                     

Panelists & Group leaders (5 min ea.)

Laura González, Member, Santa Rosa School Board

(discipline: suspensions, expulsions, racial data for alternatives

April Harris, Ph.D.,  SRJC

(faculty/staff hiring practices/lack of people of color)

Diann Kitamura, Curriculum Dir., Santa Rosa City Schools

  (histories of people of color in curriculum)


(student of Santa Rosa schools)

David Grabill, Quality Education for Every Student

(housing segregation=school segregation)


PANELIST-LED GROUPS – The character of OUR community

(Note-taker and Reporter for each group)           



Dr. Rickey Vincent, scholar, educator, radio host and author. Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies,

Professor at UC Berkeley. KPFA radio host.