4th Annual
Dismantling Systemic Racism
Conference on Race, Education & Success

Friday, April 26, 2019
Connecticut Convention Center
Hartford, CT
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A conference designed for educators, family members, community members, business leaders and everyone who plays a part in a child’s life.

Important Links

Social Media

Many participants followed and contributed to our day using the hashtag #RaceInEd2019. You can view their shared tweets here.


8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Welcome/Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Keynote Address
Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break/Vendors
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. A.M. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
Guest Speakers
SERC Recognition Award
George A. Coleman Excellence in Equity
Award Presentation
PaperVoices Youth Poetry Squad
Manchester, CT
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Break/Vendors
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. P.M. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Closing/Evaluations/Door Prizes

Breakout Sessions

Some presenters have made downloads of their session handouts available.
Individual sessions are linked below, or view them all at this link. (google drive - https://ctserc.net/dsrdocs)

  1. A Superintendent and BOE Together: Collaborative Governance with an Equity Lens

  2. Becoming an Equitable School System: Understanding the Equity Audit
    email Janet Zarchen at SERC (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for access to this session's handout.

  3. Celebrating Our Roots: Who Am I and Who Are You? A Journey of Self‐Exploration in 1st Grade Session Handouts

  4. Equity vs. Ideology: Dismantling Elite Bilingualism and Biculturalism

  5. From Shirley Q. Liquor to Kelly Baerga: Working at the Delicate Intersections

  6. Full, Equal, and Equitable Partnerships with Families: Connecticut’s Definition and Framework for Family Engagement Session Handouts

  7. Growing the Movement: A grassroots approach to placing equity at the center of education

  8. How to Create Trauma‐Informed Restorative Justice‐Based Discipline in Your District (to eliminate disproportionate out of school suspensions & arrests of students of color)

  9. Increase the Diversity of Your Educator Workforce: Tools and Resources to Assist in Developing a Plan to Make an Impact

  10. Intentionally Educating at the Intersection of Race and Identity Session Handouts

  11. Journey to Real Conversations about Race and Educators Session Handouts

  12. Make America _______ Again: What Happens to an American Dream Deferred? Session Handouts

  13. Mindful Activism: Examining and Creating Images That Illustrate Social Forces in Context

  14. “Our school is always saying ‘Lean into discomfort’ ‐ but as soon as that happens, people shut down.” Black and White Students’ Experience of Teacher Support at an Independent Boarding School Session Handouts

  15. “SLAMming Racism”: Breaking racial barriers through spoken word poetry Session Handouts

  16. Students as leaders of Racial Equity

  17. Taking Action for Equity – A Discussion of Districtwide Initiatives Session Handouts

  18. The Disproportionate Representation of Students of Color in Special Education: Considerations for Culturally Relevant Interventions and Assessment Session Handouts

  19. The Path to Justice: Where Do We Go from Here - Chaos or Community?

  20. To Kill an Ideology: Teaching Anti‐Racism Through To Kill a Mockingbird in the ELA Classroom

  21. Urban Trauma 101

  22. Using Connecticut’s State Budget as a Tool to Dismantle Systemic Racism Session Handouts

  23. Using Public Data as a Critical Lens on Systemic Racism

  24. Youth Leadership for Equity

Keynote Speakers

Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo

Co-Founders and Co-Presidents of CHOOSE (www.chooseorg.org/) Authors of The Classroom Index and Tell Me Who You Are (Available June 2019)

The 4th annual conference on Dismantling Systemic Racism, sponsored by the State Education Resource Center (SERC) in collaboration with the SERC Foundation, focuses on ways to support, promote, and develop racial equity in education. The full-day conference supports educators, families, and community leaders who seek to confront racist structures and practices to better serve Connecticut’s students and their families, through advocacy and the development, implementation, and sustainability of innovative, culturally relevant programming.

Systemic racism impedes our students’ outcomes and limits opportunities for success in academics, social development, health, and family engagement. The conference features dynamic, thought-provoking presentations that will address possible ways to dismantle systemic racism and create positive change for our students.


A collaboration of SERC and the SERC Foundation