#thisisamerica: A Webinar Series on Black America and Educational Inequalities in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond
Session 2: Are We There Yet? A Discussion about Next Steps for Black America, 2021 & Beyond
The past year saw no shortage of political and social protests and unrest that underline how much work still needs to be done in the name of racial justice and equity. In this second part of a two-session webinar series, expert Derris Hawkins-Smith leads a thoughtful discussion about the state of Black America today, with a look at the crucial steps that must be taken on the path forward. This webinar discusses:
- The Black Lives Matter movement and calls to “defund the police”/“defend the police”
- The Black vote: Are we getting a return on our investment?
- Representation matters, highlighting the importance of diversity and inclusion
ABOUT DERRIS HAWKINS-SMITH
Derris Hawkins-Smith, College and Career Academic Programs Specialist for Promise Heights (University of Maryland at Baltimore) at Renaissance Academy in Baltimore, MD
Derris Hawkins-Smith was born in Gary, IN, and raised outside of Chicago in DeKalb, IL. He graduated Southern Illinois University School of Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising and a double minor in Marketing & Africana Studies. An ACT/SAT prep instructor for a nonprofit, Derris also works as a College and Career Academic Programs Specialist for Promise Heights (University of Maryland at Baltimore) at Renaissance Academy in Baltimore, MD. Previously, he was an Admissions Counselor/Multicultural Recruitment at the University of Northern Iowa. Derris has presented workshops and webinars on the topics of social justice, racial inequality in schools, and college readiness for first-gen students and students of color.