DSA PTSO hosts “Conversations on Race”

DSA Community

DPS, in partnership with The Denver Foundation and History Colorado, is hosting Conversations on Race and movie screening DSA on Tuesday, October 28 from 6-9 pm.

These forums offer an opportunity for our community, including educators, parents and students, to come together and begin deconstructing race and lead us all toward identifying behavioral and systematic biases regarding race that may be holding us and our students back.

“The hardest part about any conflict conversation is starting it. Once it starts, people share stories and talk about what happened and how it feels, and the conversation becomes easier,” said Bill de la Cruz, DPS director of equity and inclusion: “This is the starting point. We need to normalize the conversation about race to get into the real work about how we change the status quo together.”

To help spark the conversation, the forum will feature a screening of the documentary film “I’m Not Racist, Am I?”.  This film is directed by one of DPS alumna, Catherine Wigginton Greene. Catherine, who graduated from George Washington High School, directed the film as part of a larger project, Deconstructing Race — developed by The Calhoun School to create a multimedia platform to get people talking and doing something about structural systemic racism. Featuring 12 students from New York City, the film chronicles one year they spent talking about race and privilege.

“Discussing race can be uncomfortable and emotional,” Catherine said: “But the kids were empowered to learn. And I hope people feel inspired to do it themselves.”
Conversations on Race will be held on the following date and time. Sign up for the free screening here.
Oct. 28 at Denver School of the Arts, 6 to 9 p.m.
Conversations on Race kicked off Tuesday and has shown at other DPS schools and History Colorado.  It already has the DPS community thinking about and discussing race.  Please join us at DSA on Tuesday evening.

Thank you,
The DSA PTSO