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2nd Annual Black Issues Summit


February 15
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Alumnae Library
291 Springfield St.
Chicopee, MA United States
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2nd Annual Black Issues Summit: “Equity in Justice”

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host the 2nd annual Black Issues Summit on Friday, Feb. 15, in Alumnae Library. This year’s theme is “Equity in Justice.”

The summit, which provides an opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue about pertinent issues affecting the black community, takes place within the larger context of Black History Month celebrations at Elms College.

Registration: 12:00 p.m.

Event: 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Debrief: 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The summit welcomes four keynote speakers that will address the theme of “Equity in Justice.”

She has served on numerous boards including the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts and currently the Berkshire Children & Family Center.

Photo of Shirley EdgertonShirley Edgerton, M.Ed., serves as cultural proficiency coach for Pittsfield Public Schools. She is the founder of the Women of Color Giving Circle of the Berkshires, as well as the Rites of Passage and Empowerment program, which is a wholistic girls mentoring program that includes college tours and international service learning projects. Dr. Edgerton also serves as a board member for the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts.

Photo of Toussaint LosierToussaint Losier, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His research focuses on grassroots responses to the postwar emergence of mass incarceration in Chicago. At UMass Amherst, he teaches courses on African American history, black politics, criminal justice policy, and transnational social movements. A widely published author, his most recent book, which was co-written with Dan Berger, is Rethinking the American Prison Movement (2018).

Photo of Richard HaynesRichard Haynes, MFA, is the associate director of admissions for diversity at the University of New Hampshire. He is also a painter, photographer, educator, lecturer, professor, mentor, and a strong advocate for social justice. He was an adjunct professor at McIntosh College, and a faculty mentor at UNH for their McNair Graduate Opportunity Program. As a visual storyteller, he held positions at the Currier Museum, East Side House Settlement, South Bronx Community Action Theater, and PS6/Model Cities Program in New York.

Photo of Djanna Hill

Djanna Hill, Ed.D., is an Elms alumna and tenured professor in the department of secondary and middle school education at William Paterson University. She holds a doctorate in urban and multicultural education, and specializes in teacher preparation for urban contexts, womanist and black feminist theoretical frameworks, and multicultural science education. Her work on multicultural teaching, STEM education, and portraiture methodology has garnered several major grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the Taub Foundation, and the New Jersey Department of Education. Dr. Hill is also a widely published author and editor. She earned her master of arts in teaching (MAT) from Elms in 1993, specializing in secondary education and biology.

Light refreshments will be provided. Members of the Elms and greater Chicopee community are invited to attend. Please RSVP below.