Five part series on the concept of equity in pluralistic culture begins August 17

by Contributed Content on August 15, 2021
What are the underpinnings of a truly equitable society, and how does the notion of privilege impact our daily lives? Mary Bacon, Ph.D. kicks off a 5-part series dissecting the concept of equity in our pluralistic culture on Tuesday, August 17, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Register online.
Opportunities will be provided to share personal experiences with equity and inequity, and to engage with the presenter in a discussion of controversial issues related to privilege that may not always be apparent to us.
  • Aug. 17: The Promise of America, Far Greater Than Its Reality: Achieving Equity, An Introduction
  • Aug. 31: Touch Each Life, Teach Each Child: Achieving Excellence in the Context of Equity for All
  • Sept. 14: Implicit Bias: The Equal Opportunity Virus
  • Sept. 28: Opportunities Denied, Promises Not Kept: Racism and Bias—The African American Journey
  • Oct. 12: Beyond Cultural Competence to Embracing Cultural Humility: The Challenge of Diversity in a Culturally Pluralistic Society

From projects in the South and tenements in the Northeast, to human relations consultant conducting keynote addresses and seminars nationwide, Dr. Bacon is uniquely prepared to address issues related to achieving equity for racially, ethnically, and socio-culturally different groups in our society.  Earning a BA in Secondary Education from Fordham University, an MA in Guidance and Counseling and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University, she has had extensive experience as teacher, university instructor, counselor, social psychologist, administrator, probation officer and consultant in a variety of areas.

After more than four decades as a national consultant to school districts throughout the country, Dr. Bacon has concentrated most of her efforts in the last decade to serving as a Technical Assistance Facilitator related to the California State Department of Education assisting school districts in addressing issues related to the disproportionate overrepresentation of students of color and other marginalized youth in special education and the disciplinary system.

This free event received partial funding support from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.

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