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tv   President Trump Hosts Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration  CSPAN  September 17, 2018 5:00pm-5:21pm EDT

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10 seconds to respond. ♪ the results are, 73% extremely. 18% very. 6% moderately. 3% slightly. 0% not at all. next question please. the academic institutions you ave attended or are attending dozen a good job of addressing equal opportunity. ♪ here are the results.
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needed agree, 24% 15%disagree, 22% agreed, strongly disagree, and 8% strongly agree. last question. where do you believe the most promote equale to opportunity in education? ♪ we have the results. equitable schools funding, 32% culturally diverse and competent educators, 11% advanced program equity, 8% 1%lity teaching, 2% other,
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multilingual education. questions take some from our audience. where's the microphone? who has the mike, raise your hand? when mike is there and the other microphone is on the other side. mauricio. is here with leadership for educational equity and teachers of america. my question is, as a teacher of color in oakland california where the majority of students are students of -- are black and brown students, we do not see that in teachers like you said. what you think and what you believe is the biggest barrier that faces the recruitment of teachers of color? , to starttell you
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with the answer he said about empowering teachers. . believe empowered teachers to give them a good, strong union. one of the things our union is outreach topecial convince minority communities within that school community to on those kids who are there the shoulder and say there is something special about you. we want you to go to college. some of these -- for some of these kids, this is the first suggestion of going to college. growave to hone -- home folks. you have to talk to their parents, the teachers, administrators, support staff that says you, you would make an amazing teacher. then, you have to find a way for folks who have never thought about going to college, how am i going to afford this?
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, therushing student debt biggest barrier we had when these young people and their ,arents come to us is they say if i take out a student loan, a beginning teachers salary will not allow me to pay off my student debt and what we are trying to do is get states to understand that that is where they should invest scholarship money. that is where they should start. inroads all over the country around that the very prospect. buenos dias. what i would say, question is what would you tell people who are considering a run for school board knowing they have so much power, so much influence and a lot of the priorities come from the school board at district level worked with teachers, working with parents and working with students? >> well, so one of the, thank
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you for the question. i think one of the wonderful aspects of my work and the team i work with is it's our belief that to accelerate towards the goals as my colleagues have been thinking it's not just the intro to work but there needs to be strategical coalition building. so certainly we found our school board leaders play a critical role in really keeping the organizational focus on equity and for specific racial equity, and very specifically racial equity for our historically least search communities. it would be a historical for us to believe that a school board leader, a teacher, building superintendent can get that episode. part of our work is helping our leaders understand, going back
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to the committee focus, part of what the legacy of systemic racism has done to us these create this fictional idea that our schools are where a community is over here come versus our schools belong to the community. it's not a neat answer but i would say that is very much a part of our systemic approach, linking to those voices outside of school districts, helping build those coalitions of support and really centering those voices that help our teachers understand how to create a multicultural relevance environment for students in the classrooms. >> one more question. >> monica gonzalez with sheer strength. you talked a lot about the success of students either in high school or in college and i wonder, we are focused on the elimination of child hunger and find that in schools with his majority-minority student
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populations that many of them suffer from food insecurity and face the threat of hunger. how much of those other social determinants do you think also play a factor and impede people to be successful and that equitable access to all of those solutions that allow them to be educated and successful? >> molina? >> i think those other factors play a huge role, and a don't think it's just one isolate issue that sits in schools and i think the solution, it's multifaceted. we should be looking at social services just as much as we should look at what's happening in schools and i think each of our respected organizations , hopefully are perfecting what , we do best so that we all attacking the system at the same time. but appreciate the question. it is definitely a multifaceted issue. >> thank you. >> thank you so much for your questions. we are about to finish our panel. so sad because were talking about a topic that is really important for all of us.
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but before finishing, i want to , read something that i read when i was preparing for this panel. a black professor of philosophy wrote an article published in the chronicle of higher education or he states some of my students of color have asked me why talk about race with white people when at the end of the day everything remains the same? that is, that racism continues. why teach courses on race and whiteness? do you think think the teaching courses about race is effective institutional racism in a positive way or in a negative way? that is a question for you. >> it's always positive to talk about something that is a problem. it's uncomfortable. i've seen people who have been
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offended when we talk about institutional racism at the national education association. sometimes my own members will say you make me feel like i did something wrong because i'm white. and because they are able to say that than i can say what i need to say, and we can have a conversation. and at the end they go okay, i understand, you are not blaming me. i understand you need me to help be part of the solution. the more we bring up this uncomfortable topic, the more we talk about why we are uncomfortable, the more we will relax. and it is more, as i started, it's more than just changing hearts and minds. we are talking about things that
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are so embedded in the structure that if we cannot get to seeing how that structure disadvantages black and brown communities and advantages white communities, and the white communities have not really thought about it. they don't need to be a part of the problem but once we can all say, we say all children, and when we say all people, do we have a structure that actually is equal in access and opportunity? and then we can start moving forward. >> thank you. >> luis? >> i would say it's been my experience that people of all races can, and i would say have a moral responsibility to find their voice on this issue. lily'sies point, -- to point, once we get comfortable getting in there and recognizing, look, we don't have time to assign blame to anyone, our children are in crisis, how do we take responsibility for this together? you know, i think about in my own personal experience seeing the conscious development in my children's school districts and
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knowing that they've had next -- that the next teacher of racial identity who brings a different racial perspective of what it means to be brown or afro latino or white educators bring the same kind of understanding of the own identity and recognizing it's not my job to know everything but it is my job to create space , for students to build and humanize together and it doesn't cost me anything to committed to them, i see you. right? so i would say that the truth of the matter is, historically, to advance on these issues it is -- has always taken as building those coalitions. and so i would just encourage to keep hope alive, no matter how difficult times may seem, our ancestors have seen much tougher times than these. we're going to be all right. >> thank you. >> i appreciate that and appreciate what both of my colleagues have shared. and i would say, i don't know that were going to get comfortable talking about race
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with our generation and i'm okay , with that. we might be setting the table for generations after us to get comfortable. i would rather us sit in the discomfort right now and do what we have to do so that the kids and generations that follow and -- can have an easier time of it, and that's honestly what i envision that my great, great, great grandparents did before me so i can sit on a stage and with black and brown and have this conversation. the other thing i would close on is just one thing i've done some city in rooms for years and years and talking about race is that when we use soft language to talk about race to come up with soft solution. so when we don't call it racism -- [applause] -- then when we don't call it racism, we don't address racism. when we don't call it inequity, bias can we don't address inequity and bias. when we don't call it white guilt or when we don't call it whatever it is, we are not
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addressing it and meeting it where it is. so my call to all of us would be to just sit in the discomfort and just trust in the fact that there are others come after us that will truly get to enjoy it. >> thank you. >> thank you. definitely into society there is no balance, we have not only -- -- only applied justice, but a lot of common sense and that's what it is about. thank you so much to the three of you for being here and thank you for the hispanic caucus for keep bringing those topics that are uncomfortable for someone, topics to the table. we need to talk about these. we need more conversations like this so we can come with a solution. as you said we had to call , things by the name and address them. thank you so much. thank you for being here. [applause] [inaudible conversations]
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>> i was instructed to have them sit down. we'll take a quick picture. i want to thank all of you. an amazing panel and amazing conversation. maya angelou said when you learn, teach. thank you for teaching. i'm here because of teachers. i went to a high school of 5000 students. in the high school, 99%, 500, 600 pregnant girls at the end of the year and i was one of them. and because of my teachers, i am here so thank you so much for , your work. [applause] >> in that spirit, we have great activity in the atrium. it's a social impact activity sponsored by state farm, and it's an opportunity for you to take ten minutes and put together a backpack for college students in the d.c. area. let me tell you, these are special college students. they are food and home insecure because it costs so much to go to college these days with young people living in the cars, couch surfing. we know there's about 57,000 of
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them across the country. so if you take the time to do , that, that would be wonderful. and i also want encourage you to , enjoy the different sections and i want to give another round to the panel. thank you so much everybody, and , thank you, ilia. [applause] >> let's go to the next session and we'll see you back your at 12:30. [inaudible conversations] announcer: we go live to the white house where president trump is posting hispanic heritage month. this is live coverage on c-span.
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