WEST CHESTER – About 100 students, faculty and staff from West Chester University will gather on Saturday, October 9 for the Ruby Jones Lecture on Race, Social Justice and Civic Leadership. The conference takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sykes Student Union.
The Ruby Jones Lecture is designed to create an educational environment where students can engage in learning that will raise awareness and foster action-oriented dialogue on racial, cultural and social issues that impact the way they live. life on campus, in communities and in society.
Professor Ruby Jones was an alumnus of West Chester University and was also the first black faculty member hired at the institution. She was a Kindergarten to Grade 12 educator and taught at the university’s demonstration school before becoming a faculty member. Actively involved with the NAACP, YWCA and the American Association of University Women, she has been described as an educator, humanitarian and civic leader.
Jamila Lyiscot will deliver this year’s opening speech at around 10:40 a.m. educational researcher and activist, oral artist and educational consultant. She is the co-founder and director of the Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she is an assistant professor in social justice education. She holds a post of Principal Investigator at Teachers College of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Columbia University.
For more information, contact the Dowdy Multicultural Center at [email protected] or 610-436-3273.