Philanthropy Now podcast: Supporting Black youth in a flawed education system

SVCF has created the Silicon Valley Community Advisory Council to engage leaders of color as we strive to implement strategies and policies to address the nation’s systemic disparities. In this episode, Debra Watkins, Founder Emerita and Director of Strategic Partnerships at A Black Education Network and member of SVCF Community Advisory Council, and Dr. Darlene V. Willis, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Concerned Parents Alliance and College Bound Programs join SVCF’s Mauricio Palma, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, in a critical conversation about race equity in the education system. The three community leaders discuss how cultural disparities, along with the COVID-19 crisis, affect Black children in our country.

In an examination of the issues that have kept Black children from thriving in current education models Debra and Darlene share how they have spent many years creating solutions. They also discuss how COVID-19 has magnified existing inequities. Listen to the episode to learn solutions for a more equitable post-COVID world.

With our new Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

Mauricio Palma, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives at SVCF,
Debra Watkins, Founder Emerita and Director of Strategic Partnerships of A Black Education Network and member of SVCF Community Advisory Council,
and Dr. Darlene V. Willis, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Concerned Parents Alliance and College Bound Programs

What you will learn:

  • The origin of Debra’s and Darlene’s passion for education and tackling issues facing Black children
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted education, and particularly Black children
  • Guidance for schools and educators to help move from crisis to recovery
  • Moving beyond recovery: solutions for a more equitable education system

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