Race and Equity Forum: We’re in This Together
Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Hickman High School Gymnasium
1104 N Providence Rd, Columbia, MO 65203
Last fall, the City of Columbia initiated an ambitious Strategic Plan that focused on five priority areas, one of them being social equity. While Columbia is a great place to live, work, and play, not everyone has the same opportunity to thrive. Increased poverty, decreased per capita income, and a growing gap between skills our employers need and skills our residents possess has created two very different Columbias where there is an imbalance of opportunity based on race and social class. As a community we cannot ignore this gap as long as there’s something we can do to open economic and social opportunities, strengthen and secure neighborhoods, and support each other as best we can.
While there have been opportunities to be involved in the discussion of race and equity throughout the City thanks to various community groups and organizations, the City of Columbia in conjunction with various community partners want to tackle these issues together. This will not be the end of our groups involvement in the present issues. We look forward to more dialogues, discussions, and education as we move towards a more inclusive Columbia where all have the opportunity to thrive.
5:15 – Refreshments
5:30 – City Manager, Mike Matthes, Welcome and Acknowledgements
5:45 – Carla London, Student/Family Advocacy Supervisor, Columbia Public Schools
6:30 – Dr. Adrian Clifton, President of Worley Street Round Table
6:45 – Discussion and Open Questions
Carla London, Student/Family Advocacy Supervisor, Columbia Public Schools
Carla London is originally from Columbia, MO, but moved often has a child and got to experience the excitement of such diverse places as New Orleans, LA; Dallas and El Paso, TX; and Stamford, CT. After beginning her career in education in north Georgia, she returned to Columbia where she was privileged to create the Aspiring Scholars program for At-Promise youth. In 2006, she followed her husband’s career back to Texas and spent 7 years in Round Rock, just outside of Austin, as both a classroom teacher and in educational leadership for a student body that included 1500 middle school students. In 2013, Carla returned to Columbia as the Supervisor of Student and Family Advocacy, for Columbia Public Schools. In her current role she wears many hats including supervising several district programs.
Ms. London has a combined 14 years of experience in education, 9 years as a Social Worker, including 4 years as an Emergency Room Medical S.W. at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, in Dallas, TX, and 3 years as a small business owner, Dallas, TX
Her passion is working with children, families, and staff to provide a safe, nurturing, and stimulating educational experience! She continues to advocate for ways to assist youth in acquiring the skills they need to be successful and reducing discipline disproportionality among minority youth.