Our primary focus in building an equitable community is the City, School District and Community events.
Monroe Equity Community is thrilled to welcome Erin Jones to our January 11th Community Meeting.
Erin will be integrating her stories and strategies for racial healing from her book Bridges to Heal US into a discussion relevant and applicable to our community.
Before she comes, we encourage you to pick up her book and join us for one of two special MEChat book discussions: January 5th at 9:30 am at Hwy 2 Fusion Diner or Sunday, January 8th at 7:00 pm at Burnt Barrel Whiskey Bar.
Erin Jones has been involved in and around schools for the past 26 years. She has taught in a variety of environments, from predominantly Black to predominantly White to some of the most diverse communities in the nation. Erin received an award as the Most Innovative Foreign Language Teacher in 2007, while working in Tacoma, WA, and was the Washington State Milken Educator of the Year in 2008, while teaching in Spokane. She received recognition at the White House in March of 2013 as a “Champion of Change” and was Washington State PTA’s “Outstanding Educator” in 2015. After serving as a classroom teacher and instructional coach, Erin worked as an executive for two State Superintendents. Erin left the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012 to work in college access at the school district level. She left her job to run as a candidate for State Superintendent and was the first Black woman to run for any state office in Washington state, a race she lost by a mere 1%.
You may know her as @ afroeducator on TikTok, her work with the Equity Institute or have seen one of her Ted Talks (links below):
Ted Talk: https://youtu.be/HQ7xY60a6z4
Ted Talk: https://youtu.be/hFc9axy2ktQ
On December 1, 2021 the Monroe Equity Council hosted a panel of current and former Monroe School District families to discuss the ongoing racism in Monroe schools.
We extend profound gratitude to the families who participated. They have experienced deep harm and pain and yet they showed up to continue to work to build a safe, inclusive, and anti-racist community not just for their kids but for all kids.
If you missed the meeting please take the time to listen.
What we heard was heartbreaking. How we respond will define us a community.