UT to host ‘Changing Minds, Changing Lives’ forum Jan. 9

January 8, 2014 | Events, UToday
By Staff



The Toledo Community Coalition and The Blade are sponsoring a forum, “Changing Minds and Changing Lives — Racism and Education: Inequality in the American Educational System” Thursday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. in Nitschke Hall Auditorium on The University of Toledo Main Campus.

David J. Johns, the executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, is the keynote speaker.

The forum will focus on how racism has affected educational outcomes in America and in the Toledo area.

Read a letter from Joseph H. Zerbey IV, president and general manager of The Blade and chair of the UT Board of Trustees, and the Rev. Dr. Robert Culp, president of the Toledo Community Coalition, inviting the community to attend:

Dear community leader,

The Toledo Community Coalition and The Blade are again partnering to bring a national speaker to Toledo. Our focus for this forum is how racism has affected educational outcomes in America and in the Toledo area.

One of the most critical and debated contemporary social issues in America is education and educational reform. We live in a country with enormous educational opportunity, but there are many of our youth who face substantial obstacles to equal education.

By 2020, 75 percent of all United States jobs will require a two- or four-year degree or higher with some specialized training. Only 33 percent of high school graduates are prepared for post-graduate education. Ohio has the fourth lowest African-American and Latino graduation rates in the country.

We would like to invite you to our next community forum, “Changing Minds and Changing Lives — Racism and Education: Inequality in the American Educational System.” To ensure access and opportunity, we continue our focus on racism focusing on how it impacts academic achievement and progress in education.

The Obama administration has agreed to send David Johns to Toledo Thursday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. in The University of Toledo’s Nitschke Hall Auditorium to discuss the disparity in graduation rates for African-American students. Mr. Johns is the executive director of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for African Americans.

We will hear suggestions on educational solutions for successful reform and continue our discussion on race as we strive to improve our community. There will be other options for involvement as well.

As a leader of the community, we know that you will want to hear this presentation, and we hope that you will want to be a part of the solution to racism and education inequality in our community.

Joseph H. Zerbey IV
President-general manager, The Blade

The Rev. Dr. Robert Culp
President, Toledo Community Coalition