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CCR Announces ‘Highly Anticipated’ Race & Privilege Conversation Event May 10

From the South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race:

In support of its integration mission, South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race has sponsored interracial dialogues called Conversations on Race for the past 20 years. Previous discussions have covered the Academic Achievement Gap, Racial self-segregation in the schools, Micro-aggressions and other race-related topics.

This year, the topic is Race & Privilege: Raising Consciousness to Address Racial Inequities.  

The format will include a racially integrated panel sharing their knowledge and experiences about how privilege plays out in economics, education, housing, the criminal justice system and other areas of our daily lives. Next, participants will break into small groups to hold candid, facilitated table discussions using suggested starter questions, and then each table will formulate strategies and solutions to counter privilege and share their solutions with the entire group and with the panel for comment.

Panelists Include:

David Troutt, Jane Bleasdale, Khadijah Costley White, Demelza Baer

Khadijah Costley White, Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers whose research is on race, gender and politics in the media

Demelza Baer, Esq., a Policy Counsel for the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, where she directs the Institute’s Economic Mobility Initiative

Jane Bleasdale, Professor at University of San Francisco, whose research is focused on equity and inclusion.

David Troutt, Professor of law (Justice John Francis Scholar) and founding director of the Rutgers Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity who writes about the intersections of race, class and place

Event Details

Date:  Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Time:  7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

 Location:  The Woodland. 60 Woodland Rd., Maplewood NJ 07040 

The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race is a 501(C3) non-profit, grassroots, racial integration organization that works locally with both township governments, the school district, neighborhoods, faith based communities and residents in general to achieve a truly inclusive community where every racial group contributes and receives the benefits of living here equally.

For more information about the event or to RSVP, register, call 973-761-6116.

To learn more about the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, visit


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