Systemic Racism in Education

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You are invited to a Virtual Presentation - Systemic Racism in Education

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You are invited to a Virtual Call to Action!

We will discuss these questions and more with Ms. Olivia Herriford on how racism affects education locally and in the United States, what the solutions are, and who is working on ways to address these issues.

  • How do you confront colleagues who engage in racist language and actions, such as highlighting the differences between “impact” and “intent” and referencing school institutional values?
  • How would you engage students in conversations about racism?
  • What can teachers do in response to addressing racism, including not stopping at conversations and instead move to action.
  • What types of racism do you see in the education system?
  • What can be done to bring equality into the educational system?


Guest Speaker: Olivia Herriford

Olivia Herriford, DM, MBA, is a servant leader with a vision of diverse and truly inclusive tech work environments. Her career in tech spans over 40 years, beginning as a pioneer with a CompSci degree in 1973, leadership roles in the computer hardware & software industry, a long consulting career in IT project management, organizational health & effectiveness, and diversity & inclusion. Since 2010, she’s brought it all together supporting tech workforce development programs and industry partnerships at California community colleges and community-based organizations. Through this work she loves, Olivia continues to channel her passion to see more women, black, and latinx students in high-demand tech jobs. In these challenging and transformative times, she is now drawing on her experience leading workshops and conversations on managing implicit bias to support her clients and colleagues in their commitment to face systemic racism in education and tech.

Moderator: Joe Canton, Ph.D., UC Irvine

Dr. Canton is a featured facilitator and professional public speaker, known throughout the United States for speaking on issues of race and a broad range of topics. He is an Administrator, Educator, Consultant, Entrepreneur, President of Canton Associates, has an MA from Occidental College in Urban Studies, and is a former Coro Fellow.

Event Sponsor: Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt, CEO of Hunnicutt Foundation

Dr. Hunnicutt is a former educator, administrator, community activist, and author of "Straight Talk: How to Survive and Thrive as a Young Man of Color", a book for all ages and gender, especially for young men of color from the ages of 16 to 35.  

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Organizer Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt

Organizer of Systemic Racism in Education

Born in Sacramento, California, Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt began her teaching career with the San Francisco Unified School District. After working with S.F.U.S.D. for three years, she joined City College of San Francisco (CCSF) in 1972 and has served in a number of positions, including Dean of the Southeast Campus, Acting Dean of the Southeast Campus, Acting Dean of Students, Dean of the Office of Student Affairs, Chair of the African American American Studies Department, Diversity Calendar Coordinator, Coordinator of the Partnerships to Achieve Academic Success Program (PAAS) and Instructor in both the English and Engineering Departments.  She also served as Chair of the Sustainability Subcommittee, a Shared Governance entity, for the college.

Listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers for 1997 and 1998, Dr. Hunnicutt was honored by CCSF students of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society and was designated as one of CCSF's most appreciated teachers for a number of years.  She was a recipient of several awards of appreciation from students of the African American Achievement Program (A.A.A.P.) and the recipient of a special award for service to San Francisco residents in 1983 from Mayor Dianne Feinstein.  She also had a day named in her honor in 2000 by Mayor Willie Brown.  Dr. Hunnicutt received a Certificate of Appreciation award from Greg Fortner, Vorice Cook, and Sula Palega of the San Francisco Housing Authority for her work with the agency.  She was also listed in the National Register of Who's Who in Executives and Professionals (2004-2005 edition).  In 2005, she was honored during African American History Month as a Local Hero by KQED, Union Bank, and Kaiser Permanente and later in the year as a Changemaker by the Senior Ex-Offender Program of the Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services, Inc. Dr. Hunnicutt was recently named Woman of the Year for 2018 by Senator Scott Weiner of the 11th District. 

Dr. Hunnicutt is a founding member of the HRS Institute and an advisor to the Executive Committee of the Coalition for Advocacy and Reform in Education (C.A.R.E.).  She is also a co-founder of the Alliance for Girls.  Dr. Hunnicutt is also the Founder and CEO of the Hunnicutt Foundation.  She was the Keynote Speaker at the Beta Pi Sigma Sorority, Inc. “Youth takes Priority” luncheon on May 16, 2015.  Dr. Hunnicutt was also a Motivational Speaker at the Alice Griffith Tenants' Association and Urban Strategies Class of 2015 High School graduates' recognition activity. She continues to serve as a guest speaker at various community events.  Dr. Hunnicutt earned her degrees at City College of San Francisco (A.A.), the University of San Francisco (B.S. and Teaching Credential), CSU-San Francisco State University (M.A.), and the University of San Francisco (Ed. D.).

She loves God, attends church regularly, and is committed to manifesting God’s and Christ’s love by serving others. 

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