Fall 2018 marked the beginning of Zone 126’s #ZoneConvos series. The series consists of three interactive talks, with the next panel discussion taking place during Winter 2019.
Race in Education, held on October 30, 2018 at Queens Library the Astoria Branch, was an opportunity for local nonprofit Executive Directors to weigh in on the question of how race plays a role on the how neighborhood youth are educated. Zone 126 and its partners recognize that for far too long, a disproportionate amount of children of color living in public housing attend low-performing schools.
Executive Directors Christopher Hanway (Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement), Evie Hantzopoulos (Global Kids), Matthew Troy (Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens) and Saeeda L. Dunston (Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities) were all a part of the panel. Zone 126 Executive Director Anthony Lopez moderated the panel discussion by asking questions about race in the context of the local nonprofits’ experiences in their schools and the community.
Other local nonprofits and community members attended the talk and gained knowledge about strategies to improve educational outcomes among children of color.
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