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What are Educational Reparations and how can we make them happen in Evanston?

Beth Emet The Free Synagogue will host Northwestern University Professor kihana miraya ross to speak about the Spencer grant she’s received to study how we can repair historic and current educational justice in Evanston.

The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14.

"’In recognizing the debt owed to its Black residents and pledging actual dollars towards repairing centuries of educational inequities, Evanston is in uncharted waters.

The world will be watching as the first city in the U.S. to approve reparations embarks on an unparalleled move towards educational justice for its Black residents,' said ross, describing the moment as an unprecedented research opportunity.

The project will inform ross' second book and may be the subject of a feature-length documentary.”

Northwestern Now, September 1, 2021

Professor ross is the author of “Anti-Blackness in education and the possibilities of redress: Towards educational reparations,” as well as numerous other articles on educational injustice and Black students.

Professor ross received a 2021 Northwestern Racial Equity and Community Partnership grant, supporting a synergistic project to “amplify the voices of Black Evanston residents in devising community-directed redress of ongoing racialized educational harm and inequities.”

She is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Northwestern with a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies of Education, UC Berkeley (2016), M.A. in Social and Cultural Studies of Education, UC Berkeley, 2011, and a B.A. in African American Studies; Sociology; Education minor, UC Berkeley, 2002

Beth Emet has inviting a number of synagogues and churches to join the presentation as well as Dear Evanston's followers.

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