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City Year Columbus Continues the Conversation: “Advancing Racial Equity Beyond 2020: Why Representation Matters”

January 11th, 2022

COLUMBUS, Ohio–On Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 17, City Year Columbus will present the second installment of its “Advancing Racial Equity Beyond 2020” series. This virtual town hall, “Why Representation Matters,” will feature a robust panel of English/Language Arts professionals to discuss the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and representation in literacy.

The “Advancing Racial Equity Beyond 2020” series is designed to facilitate key conversations in the areas of educational and racial equity and the impact on students, stakeholders, and the larger community.

This event will feature the following panelists: Dionne Custer Edwards, Director, Learning and Public practice, Wexner Center for the Arts; Izetta Thomas, Early Childhood Behavior Specialist Coordinator, Columbus City Schools; and Dr. Sidney Jones, Instructional Coach, Columbus City Schools. The conversation will be moderated by John Jackson, Assistant Vice President – Mergers and Acquisitions, Nationwide Insurance, and also a City Year Columbus Board Member. Following the discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with panelists.

Community members are invited to join City Year Columbus for this free virtual event, “Advancing Racial Equity Beyond 2020: Why Representation Matters” Jan. 17 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Interested attendees can register for the event online at

The “Advancing Racial Equity Beyond 2020: Why Representation Matters” series is sponsored by COTA, Huntington, Deloitte, Alliance Data, The Robert Weiler Company, and Buckeye Interactive.

At City Year Columbus, we unite diverse teams of AmeriCorps Members to serve in Columbus City Schools, all day, every day, to provide support to students, classrooms, and the whole school. They partner with teachers and schools to provide additional capacity and help create learning environments where all students can build on their strengths and fully engage in their learning. City Year Columbus AmeriCorps members provide this extra support and ensure that more students graduate from high school ready for college or career.

Schools that partner with City Year are up to two to three times more likely to improve in English and math assessments, and the more time students spend with AmeriCorps members, the more they improve on social, emotional, and academic skills— skills that help students thrive in school and contribute to their community. City Year partners with public schools in 29 communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the U.K. and South Africa.

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Ruth Lomax, Managing Director of Development, City Year Columbus
(614) 374-7874