Spokane Think & Drink Will Look at Race and Class in Schools

On Different Tracks: Race, Class and Education will spark conversation an Lindaman’s May 12.

Think & DrinkJoin Humanities Washington for our next Think & Drink event in Spokane, On Different Tracks: Race, Class and Education, at Lindaman’s Gourmet Bistro at 7:30 p.m. May 12. This event will bring community members together in a comfortable, restaurant setting for an open discussion on the difficult subjects of race, class and education. We will ask: How does race and socioeconomic status affect educational access and achievement? What are the challenges of teaching a changing student population? And how do these issues play out in the Spokane area?

Even though high school dropout rates are decreasing in Spokane and nationwide, these rates still differ markedly by race and socioeconomic status. In Washington state in 2010, graduation rates were at 73% for white students, 69% for Asian students, 55% for Latino students, 51% for black students and only 31% for Native American students. (Source: Report by Education Week and the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center.)


What: On Different Tracks: Race, Class and Education, a Think & Drink conversation
When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, 2014
Where: Lindaman’s Gourmet Bistro, 1235 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane, WA 99202 [Directions]
Cost: Free
On the Web: humanities.org/programs/think-drink
Questions? Email Zaki Abdelhamid at zaki@humanities.org or call 206.682.1770 x102

This discussion will be led by Raymond Reyes and moderated by Shann Ray. Reyes is the associate academic vice president and chief diversity officer at Gonzaga University, where he was previously a professor in the School of Education. Prior to coming to Gonzaga University, Reyes served as the administrative director for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Idaho. Ray is the author of American Masculine and a professor of leadership studies at Gonzaga University.

This is the first Spokane Think & Drink in Humanities Washington’s 2014 Think & Drink series: Race, Place and Culture. This series will address the intersections and impacts of these factors on lives around our state. Humanities Washington’s Think & Drink program brings hosted conversations on provocative topics and new ideas to pubs, tasting rooms and other non-traditional venues around the state, fostering community discussions by meeting people where they already gather. For more information, please visit humanities.org/programs/think-drink.

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