On January 24, the Theory and Practice in Teacher Education (TPTE) Diversity Collaborative in Education (DCEd) hosted a Black Minds Matter event in Hodges Auditorium. They showed “Policing and Schooling Black Boys and Men,” a video from the Black Minds Matter series, followed by an audience discussion. In the video, Luke Wood, Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Education at San Diego State University, presented statistics highlighting racial disparities related to policing and schooling, discussed the effects of these disparities, and concluded with recommendations for community members. Chonicka Coleman-King, Assistant Professor in TPTE’s Urban-Multicultural program, and Ashlee Anderson, in TPTE’s Cultural Studies program, served as facilitators.
Following the video segment, audience members asked questions about teacher preparation, noted changes in student demographics, discussed disparities in district resources, and considered the role of the teacher and the community in working toward equity for students of color. This event is only the first in a series of Black Minds Matter events DCEd intends to host this spring. Future segments will engage with topics related to ascriptions of intelligence, assumptions of criminality, and promising teaching practices.