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The disproportionate impact of COVID 19, and how to provide “real” support for black/brown children and families

April 28, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT

Led by Jocelyn Tucker, Ijumaa Jordan and Valerie Dickson, this webinar will attempt to dispel some of the myths surrounding the reasons that black and brown people are dying from COVID 19 at a higher rate than others and how the perpetuation of those myths contribute to the system of institutionalized racism that is still very prevalent in our society.  We will also offer recommendations and resources on how to support those who are disproportionately impacted by this deadly virus.

Jocelyn Tucker is a Program Manager for Foundation for Early Childhood Education Head Start/State Preschool Program, Ijumaa Jordan is an ECE Consultant and Valerie Dickson is a Social Justice/Racial Justice Consultant for the California Conference for Equality and Justice.   There is a saying that goes, “When American catches a cold, Black/Brown people get the flu.”  In every state where racial data is collected, blacks have a higher contraction rate and higher death rates from COVID 19. Here are some of the statistics: Michigan, blacks make up 15% of the population, but represent 35% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 and 40% of those who have died.  In Illinois, 16% of the population are black, 30% are diagnosed and 70% have died.  The Latinx community is not far behind with 29% of the population in Chicago and 34% of the deaths.  The headlines would have us think that the reasons for this difference is diabetes, heart disease, alcohol and/or cigarettes.  We need to look below the surface and dialog about what no one likes to talk about, and that is the underlying causes of a defective health care system that is not equitable.


Valerie Dickson

Valerie Dickson is a Racial and Social Justice Education Consultant for the California Conference for Equality and Justice. She has spent the past 20 years helping people learn and knowledge the intersectional societal barriers related to race, gender, class, religion, age, ability, nationality, and sexual orientation. Valerie’s goal is to assist people in addressing barriers that are rooted in historic and generational oppression, stereotype and prejudice and that have a legacy of impact in our diverse communities and our collective society. Valerie grounds her work in real world application and case studies gleaned from her years as a director of student affairs in higher education and as a facilitator/mentor in the social justice field. Valerie draws on critical race theory, feminist and queer theories, trauma informed practices, restorative justice, interpersonal dialogue theory, popular education theory, and adult learning theory to help individuals engage in dialogue aimed at expanding awareness of internalized matters of oppression and privilege so as to move towards actions that will positively affect the communities the individual is part of and engages in on a daily basis. Maya Angelou said, “When You Know Better, Do Better” and Valerie believes that social justice knowledge and dialogue are the key to all of us ‘knowing better and therefore doing better’. Valerie has an unwavering faith in individuals as a societal force and believes every person has a role to play in creating the world we wish to inhabit.

Valerie can be contacted at valerie.dickson95@icloud.com

Ijumaa Jordan, M.A.

“Some of the most important things I have learned about teaching adults are the importance of viewing the adult learner as competent, having valuable knowledge to share, making theory relevant to current work in the classroom, and honoring the learner’s cultural background and experiences.” As an early education consultant, Ijumaa uses a reflective and transformative learning model when working with adults. Her work mainly focuses on anti-racism in early childhood, play and equity, reflective and culturally responsive teaching and pedagogical leadership practices. In addition to directly supporting programs in developing play based, anti-bias curriculum for young children and adults. Through speaking engagements, workshops and one-on-one mentoring, Ijumaa brings more than twenty-five years of teaching in early education and directing. With a strong belief in the value of an equitable, play-based and emergent curriculum, Ijumaa brings her skills and experiences as a teacher, leader and mentor to her keynote presentations and workshops. A unique aspect of the professional development sessions she provides is using a “community of practice” model that promotes reflective teaching practices and leadership. She has also created a growing online group that discuss equity issues and play in early childhood. Also serving as an Adjunct Instructor, she works with and mentors students in the areas of play across the lifespan and children’s literacy. Ijumaa received her Basic Core Certificate in Early Childhood Education from UCLA Extension, her BA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College with a concentration in Early Childhood Education, Emergent Curriculum, and Anti-bias Education. She also received her MA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks with a concentration in Leadership in Education and Human Services with sub-specializations in College Teaching/Teaching Adults.

Email: ijumaa@ijumaajordan.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ijordanececonsulting/

Website: ijumaajordan.com

Jocelyn Tucker, MA (she, her, hers)

Jocelyn Tucker has over 20 years of experience in the Early Care and Education field. Her professional career began as a teacher’s aide in an infant care center and prior to her current position she has held positions such as pre-school teacher, teacher trainer, workshop facilitator, program specialist, parent educator, director of program operations, early education coach, and college instructor. Her most memorable experience as an early childhood educator was traveling to Chad, a country in East Africa, to start a preschool program in a refugee camp for the people from Darfur. This was called the Little Ripples project. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from UCLA and Master of Arts degree in Human Development, Specializing in Leadership in Education, from Pacific Oaks College and over 40 units in ECE/CD. She currently works for Foundation for Early Childhood Education Head Start as a Program Manager overseeing the Education, Mental Health, and Disabilities departments. She is also adjunct faculty in the Early Childhood Studies Department at Cal Poly University, UC Riverside Extension, and a Mentor Director with the CA Early Childhood Mentor Director Program.

Jocelyn can be reached at Jtucker4@hotmail.com



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April 28, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT
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