NWICPE and PNW to co-host panel discussion on racial barriers facing students in NWI

NWICPE and PNW to co-host panel discussion on racial barriers facing students in NWI

Event Information

1:10pm - 1:10pm

The Northwest Indiana Coalition for Public Education (NWICPE) and Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will co-host a panel discussion entitled “Education and Race: Barriers to Learning for Students of Color” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 25. This will be the first in a two-part virtual series exploring education and race.

The virtual discussion is free and open to the public. It will be hosted via the PNW YouTube channel and live-streamed on NWICPE’s Facebook page.

The discussion will be moderated by Tony Lux, retired Merrillville Community Schools superintendent and board member for both the Indiana Coalition for Public Education (ICPE) and the Northwest Indiana Coalition for Public Education (NWICPE).

“We have an amazing group of presenters that will provide a comprehensive overview of the multi-faceted complexities that are inherent to understanding the challenges faced by educators to overcome the barriers to learning for students of color,” Lux said. “These programs should appeal not only to educators and stakeholders in education, but to parents and the general public as well.”

Some of the items set to be discussed include factors both inside and outside the school, relationship barriers, availability versus accessibility, school policies, regulations and curriculum, as well as inequitable school funding. A question and answer session will follow the discussion

Panelists include:

Kristin McMurtrey, President, NWI Coalition for Public Education


Tony Lux, Board Member, NWI Coalition for Public Education, Board Member, Indiana Coalition for Public Education, Retired Superintendent, Merrillville School Corporation


Alicia Kielmovitch, Vice President of Data, Analytics and Research, Indiana Youth Institute

Mike Berta, Retired Superintendent, Portage and Valparaiso School Corporations, Member NWI Coalition for Public Education, Board Member, NWI Urban League

Patricia Payne, Director, Indianapolis Public Schools Racial Equity Initiative, Board Member, Indiana Coalition for Public Education

Danny Lackey, Director of Diversity and Student Services, Merrillville School Corporation, Board Member, Urban League of NWI

Hardy Murphy, Clinical Professor of Urban Education Leadership and Policy Studies, IUPUI

Milton Reed, Executive Director, Global Consulting Solutions, NWI

Registration:  Eventbrite.com

YouTube Live:  https://youtu.be/WXAT0VmeB90

Facebook Live:  https://fb.me/e/N8hzm7Gd

The second-panel discussion in this series, “Education and Race: Skills and Tools for Educators to Overcome Racial Barriers to Learning in Schools” will be held virtually from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, via the PNW YouTube channel.

The mission of the NWICPE is to advocate for high quality and equitable public education for every child in Northwest Indiana.

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