District Equity Task Force to host ‘Community Conversations’

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The Rome City School District Equity Task Force – manifest of its partnership with ACCESS Global Group, headed by Dr. Shanelle Benson Reid, which enters its fourth school year of collaboration to address challenges faced by the district around ensuring equal opportunity and access for all students to their education – will host AREA Community Conversations at schools across the district.

The events will invite students, staff, faculty, families and community members to gather together to talk about their personal experiences with the district and to collaborate to create a vision for the best path forward to ensure education equity in Rome.

The AREA series – where AREA functions as an acronym for Authentic Relationships Building Equity for All -  will host monthly community conversations at Rome school campuses. 

As part of this initiative, the Equity Task Force will also offer a diversity leadership
training series for school
administrators, as well as on-site workshops for teachers and staff, with a focus on students’ perspectives and needs and best strategies and practices to meet them. 

Upcoming AREA conversations will be held at:

• Strough Middle School, 801 Laurel St., on Wednesday, Oct. at 6 p.m.;

• Denti Elementary School, 1001 Ruby St., on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m.; and

• Virtually on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided at each of the first two meetings by the local Rome Community Schools Program, the Rome NAACP and the Rome YMCA. 

All students, parents, family members, friends, staff, and community members that are interested in Rome’s equity work are strongly encouraged to attend their Fall AREA Conversations, regardless of their school affiliation. 

All conversations at all locations are open to all who wish to get involved.

The Equity Task Force intends the conversations to be welcoming, inclusive spaces, according to officials.

All are encouraged to share their honest experiences, needs and visions with respect – or simply to come and listen. Please register for the community conversations and/or share your thoughts at https://bit.ly/RCSDAREA.

The mission statement of the Rome City School District Equity Task Force is to “help the Rome City School District achieve its goal to improve cultural competency, social awareness and educational equity across all domains of the organization.”

The ETF defines cultural competency in educational equity as the ability to interact and engage effectively with people of different cultures, races, classes, ethnicities, genders, religions and physical abilities to ensure the needs of all community members are addressed.

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