SUNY Cortland Hosting Local “Black Lives Matter at School” Panel

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In recognition of the national Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action, SUNY Cortland will host a panel discussion tomorrow (Feburary 4) featuring four educators from school districts in Syracuse, Binghamton and Ithaca.

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Entitled “Black Lives Matter in K-12 Schools,” the presentation launches the university’s month-long series during Black History Month and Black Lives Matter Week.

The event is free and open to the public, taking place tomorrow evening (February 4) in the Sperry Center Room 105 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

According to the National Education Association, more than 25 schools across the country celebrated Black Lives Matter at School in 2019, with more and smaller districts doing so this year.

“It’s about what assets black students bring to schools, what oppressions they face and what teachers can do,” said Rhiannon Maton, an organizer and SUNY Cortland assistant professor of foundations and social advocacy. “Even if their local district is not recognizing the week, they can do activities within their own classroom to support students there as well as educate them about racial oppression in this country and show them what they can do to make the world a more equitable place.”

In addition to Maton, organizers of tomorrow night’s talk include Amanda Miller, assistant professor of foundations and social advocacy and Kate McCormick, assistant professor of childhood/early childhood education.

The presentation is sponsored by the university’s Cortland Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) program; School of Education; Foundations and Social Advocacy Department; and Sophia’s Garden.

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