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September 28, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Blocks spelling out equity/equality
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Opportunities Denied, Promises Not Kept: Racism and Bias—The African American Journey

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

In part 4 in our series on equity, Mary Bacon, Ph.D. will discuss the difficult issues related to racism and bias in American society for all people of color.

Although discussions of equity and social justice may apply to myriad groups, most often the focus of the discussion is on African American people, given the many daunting and persistent barriers they encounter that can inhibit their access to success in many aspects of life.  

Many African Americans and other people of color begin their journeys differently-prepared to profit from society’s benefits, and often may present challenges to the system because of society’s failure to recognize, understand and capitalize on the strengths that they bring to the American landscape.

We’ll explore some of the interpersonal and institutional impediments to success experienced by African Americans, and the challenges in intergroup relationships that have been shaped by the history of oppression.

The Series

  • 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   

About Mary Montle Bacon, Ph.D.

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. Dr. Bacon has devoted most of her professional career primarily working with educators and other related professionals to transform systems into ones that ensure equity and equal access to available opportunities for the most vulnerable among us.  

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.