Indianapolis Educators Have a Conversation About Race

 Panelists talk race and policy in Indianapolis 

Panelists talk race and policy in Indianapolis 

By Andrew Pillow

“How are education and racism intertwined in Indy?”

That was the central question educators tackled at The Hatch last night. Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE), hosted a community conversation about race and education last night. The event started with a session of networking and conversation, then shifted to the panelists tackling tough issues from segregation to poverty.

The panel was made up of local Indianapolis educators. Harshman Middle School teacher, Idalmi Acosta, Former NAACP Education Chair, Carole Craig, IPS School Board President, Mary Ann Sullivan, and Indy/Ed’s very own, David McGuire who also serves as the MIT Coordinator of Tindley Schools.

LEE’s Director of Regional Impact, Alexis Thomas, says that these conversations are important because it helps get the community perspective on current issues.

“It’s looking at a deep level of racism in the community and hearing from the community about it” Thomas said.

This conversation is the first in series of community conversations and events hosted by LEE. Each month the conversation will “delve into a different topic, and have guest panelists from the community…”

All of the events will take place at The Hatch.


Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.