Edmonds School District hosts Dr. Joy DeGruy lecture on Thursday, Oct. 24

Dr. Joy DeGruy

The Edmonds School District hosts a lecture by author Dr. Joy DeGruy, who will talk about the pervasive impact America’s racial origins have on student engagement, success, and graduation rates and who will address the question: Bridging the Opportunity Gap: Where do we go from here?

DeGruy’s lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 in Board Rooms A/B at the Edmonds School District office complex, 20420 68th Ave. W. in Lynnwood.

DeGruy, author of “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome,”  is a highly sought-after expert; she has appeared on CNN, ABC, NPR, Pacifica Network stations nationwide and in The New York Times, Essence Magazine, The Journal of Black Psychology as well as numerous other publications. DeGruy speaks nationally about culture, race relations and contemporary social issues.

Her book seeks to explain “how the past has influenced the present, and opens up the discussion of how we can use the strengths we have gained to heal,” according to www.joydegruy.com. She has a Ph.D in social work research and 20 years of practical experience in the field. She has keynoted at a number of national Conferences including, the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education and the White Privilege Conference.

The event and parking are free. Early arrival is encouraged and it is open to the public.

For accommodations, please contact Karena Hooks, Equity and Outreach Coordinator at 425-431-7965 or hooksk@edmonds.wednet.edu.

The lecture is sponsored by Families Of Color United In Service in partnership with Communities of Color Coalition (C3), The Hazel Miller Foundation and the Edmonds School District’s Diversity, Equity and Outreach Department.

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