What Is It Going To Take? Critical Race Theory
Critical Race Theory developed as a legal concept more than 40 years ago. However, a debate over it has inundated school boards, state legislatures, PTO meetings, and the general public arena. Join us as Dr. Susan McCarter and Dr. Tehia Starker Glass provide insights into what CRT is, what it is not, and what impact the debate is having on students and schools.
In a conversation moderated by Levine Museum’s Community Engagement Manager, Karen Sutton, our panelists will give us a better understanding of CRT in order to ask the right questions and work towards change.
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Meet the Panelists:
Dr. Susan McCarter
Professor McCarter’s career began as an adolescent mental health counselor, juvenile probation officer, and policy analyst in Virginia. For over 25 years, she has served as a Racial and Ethnic Disparities in juvenile justice scholar and a forensic practitioner. Nationally, Dr. McCarter serves as a juvenile justice forensic expert, on the board of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work, and chairs the Society of Social Work and Research’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Interest Group. Regionally, she co-chairs the NC RED Subcommittee and the Charlotte Racial Justice Consortium (a collaboration of UNC Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith, Queens University, Johnson and Wales University of Charlotte, and Central Piedmont Community College) dedicated to truth, racial healing and transformation. She also serves on the Race Matters for Juvenile Justice leadership team and chairs their data subcommittee. Susan teaches at UNC Charlotte where she co-facilitates the UNC Charlotte Racial Equity Skill Building Caucus; leads multiple funded research studies examining the School-to-Prison Pipeline (STPP), Juvenile Diversion, and Racial Equity; and speaks and trains nationally on these topics.
Dr. Tehia Starker Glass
Dr. Tehia Starker Glass (pronouns: she/her/hers) is the Cato College of Education Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and an Associate Professor of Elementary Education and Educational Psychology in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research and publications include preparing preservice and in-service teachers’ culturally responsive teaching self-efficacy, anti-racism curriculum development, culturally responsive classroom management, and exploring how caregivers and teachers discuss race with children. Dr. Glass is a former elementary school teacher who now consults nationally with teachers, schools, districts, and organizations to revise their instruction and curriculum to be more anti-racism oriented. Dr. Glass has an upcoming book titled Teaching for Justice and Belonging; and is working on a children’s book to assist parents and teachers to have conversations about race with children. Dr. Glass is an Educational Advisor and Certified Trainer with Brownicity.com. She co-founded and is the Director of the Anti-Racism Graduate Certificate Program at UNC Charlotte.
Karen Sutton – Moderator
Karen Sutton currently serves as the Community Engagement Manager for the Levine Museum of the New South. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and is currently pursuing a Graduate degree. Karen also has a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. She is also a member of the Catalyzing Change Leadership Team for Race Matters for Juvenile Justice (RMJJ) and helps facilitate monthly sessions on topics pertaining to racial equity and justice. Karen is passionate about helping others and advocating for what is right. She believes that educating others on what diversity and inclusion truly mean and increasing social capital opportunities for those who need it most, will help Charlotte become a more equitable, fulfilling, and prosperous place to live and grow.