"Teach Us All" Documentary Film Screening & Distinguished Panel | February 2018
Newsletter February 2018
"Teach Us All" Documentary Film Screening & Distinguished Panel
On February 28th in the Allen Chapel at 6:00 p.m. there will be a screening of “Teach Us All” a documentary film and social justice movement aimed at providing equal access to quality education for all students in America. This documentary film offers a historical perspective while honoring the courage demonstrated by the Little Rock Nine in the midst of desegregating schools in Arkansas in 1957. Their stories and experiences may be thought of as history, but hyper segregation is a harsh reality that still plagues students in schools across the United States.
“Access to a quality education for all students regardless of their school district is not a given in the US,” said Ammina Kothari, Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies: Journalism. “But, we shouldn’t let current conditions continue to shape the future of our students. Yes, there are challenges, but creating an awareness about them can start a discussion about possible solutions.”
Following the screening there will be a panel of distinguished guests from the Greater Rochester community to engage in conversation and dialogue about the local education system moderated by Tianna Manon, Editor-In-Chief, Open Mic Roc. Panelists include: Rebecca L. Johnson, Co-founder Destler & Johnson Rochester City Scholars Program, Shaun Nelms, Superintendent East High School, Maycanitza Perez, Executive Director of Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School, Bernard Rodgers, RIT Alumni and Destler & Johnson Rochester City Scholars Program Graduate, and Nerlande Anselme, Assistant Superintendent of Student & Family Services in the Rush-Henrietta Central School District.
We look forward to everyone participating including teachers, students, community members, and parents. Changing the educational experiences of students requires community effort. Solutions may not be simple, but there is power in bringing everyone together, contributing to the “Teach Us All” movement.