Humboldt County Office of Education: HCOE Hosting Community-Wide Equity Summit

HCOE Hosting Community-Wide Equity Summit

HCOE Hosting Community-Wide Equity Summit
The Humboldt County Office of Education, in partnership with Humboldt Area Foundation, Humboldt State University, City of Arcata, and College of the Redwoods will be hosting the first annual community wide Equity Summit.

The Equity Summit will be on October 22 and October 23 at the Sequoia Conference Center from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days.

The two-day event will explore themes around social justice, implicit and explicit bias, student homelessness, special education inclusion, racial equity, supporting immigrant families, the Hmong experience, LGBTQ, micro aggressions, and local tribal perspectives.

There will be a number of high quality breakout sessions and two keynote presentations from Ron White and Nicole Anderson.

Ron White is the Humboldt Area Foundation’s Leadership Program Manager, responsible for the development of the skills, knowledge and practice of civic and grassroots leadership. Currently, this work encompasses the Equity Alliance of the North Coast, which spreads the message of racial equity using Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance (LEDA) and Government Alliance for Racial Equity (GARE) as models and coaches; and True North Organizing network, a PICO affiliate in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties and adjacent tribal lands. PICO puts race, the power of people, and faith, at the center of its community-organizing model. His keynote address “Education for Equity, is Education for the Future” will close day one.

Nicole Anderson is a consultant and former Equity Executive for Association of California School Administrators and Coordinator of the CA Equity Leadership Alliance. This day-two keynote will focus on equity leadership from an inside-out approach to “Serving Students Through an Equity Lens.”

Educators play a key role in setting education policy as well as implementing practices that create conditions within the school system to support student success. Vital to those conditions, is the ability of school leaders to promote and make decisions through an equity lens, most importantly, recognizing that students and schools with higher needs require greater resources. In the quest to realize this, educational leaders must first increase their awareness of equity issues through deepening belief systems, recognizing biases, and understanding the diversity of others in order to develop an equity lens.

This interactive summit is an opportunity for our diverse community to come together and to learn from one another. Registration is $50 and includes full access to the summit, a book, and breakfast and lunch both days. Students from Humboldt State University or College of the Redwoods registration is $25.

People interested in attending must register in advance, as we will not be able to accommodate registrations at the door. For more information or to register for this important event, please visit