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Education in Rochester, a Sunday Seminar

October 17, 2021 @ 8:45 am - 9:45 am

Welcome Denishea Ortiz, commissioner of the Racial And Structural Equity Commission’s Report and Recommendations specific to the Education Working Group, and Shane Wiegand, co-lead of the Antiracist Curriculum Project at The PathStone Foundation, for the second in a series of Deep Dives into the RASE Report. The conversation will be moderated by our own Beth Laidlaw.

This will be an interactive time to learn about and discuss key recommendations, progress towards implementation, additional insights and thoughts, and your questions. Where might Third Church, and we as individuals, align our time, energy, and resources?

Please join us remotely using this Google Meet link. Alternately, if you will be attending worship in the Sanctuary, you may join a GoogleMeet “hotspot” in the Celebration Center where the virtual seminar will be projected.

Denishea Ortiz of Irondequoit is the Director of Strategic Marketing and Retail Development at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition to her strong marketing and community engagement backgrounds, she has served on the board of Causewave Community Partners, the Rochester Area Community Foundation (RACF), the RIT Saunders Alumni Board, and Sigma Lambda Upsilon.

Shane Wiegand is a fourth grade teacher in the Rush-Henrietta School District and the Co-lead of the Antiracist Curriculum Project at The PathStone Foundation. He holds a masters in Childhood Multicultural Education from SUNY Geneseo. He has researched, compiled, and taught Rochester’s history of structural racism and resistance in his classroom for the past nine years. Starting with several fourth grade teachers in his school district, Shane has now trained over 3,000 teachers in anti-racist curriculum across multiple school districts. Shane is also a board member of Connected Communities and City Roots Community Land Trust. He is an adjunct faculty instructor in the URMC Department of Neurology. Shane and his wife live in the Beechwood neighborhood of Rochester.

Beth Laidlaw is Professor of Philosophy Emerita, Monroe Community College, a founding member of Great Schools for All, member of Urban Presbyterians Together Education Task Force, and currently serves on RocACTS Education Task Force and the Anti-Racism Team at Third Presbyterian Church.


October 17, 2021
8:45 am - 9:45 am
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