10/07/2020 Staff

Fueling the Fire: Racism Highlighted in the flame of COVID

Common Hour - Fueling the Fire: Racism Highlighted in the flame of COVID

This event is a panel discussion regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has exposed another pandemic in this country: systemic racism. We want to examine at this time how COVID-19 has affected the Black community by discussing the financial strain it has left in its wake, the educational inequities that have become clearer since the pandemic began, and how it has evoked widespread activism on behalf of Black Lives Matter. We hope to provide a platform where we fully dissect the struggles Black people have faced in this crisis and navigate a way that we as a college community can begin to move forward.

Atnre Alleyne is the co-founder and co-CEO of TeenSHARP, an organization that prepares students of color in Delaware, Philadelphia, and New Jersey for top colleges and equity-centered leadership. Atnre also founded and served as the Executive Director of the education advocacy organization, Delaware Campaign for Achievement Now (DelawareCAN). Prior to launching DelawareCAN, Atnre was the Director of Talent Management at the Delaware Department of Education where he led policy and research efforts pertaining to teacher and leader effectiveness. He has worked in the private sector at international polling and consulting firm, The Gallup Organization, and human resources consulting firm, Hay Group. He holds a B.A. in economics and a M.P.A. degree from Rutgers University-Camden. He also holds and an M.A. in political science from the University of Delaware. He was named an American Graduate Champion by WHYY in 2016. Atnre lives in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife Tatiana, daughter Zoryana, and two sons Nazar and Taras. He blogs at www.fiercelyurgent.com and plays the bass guitar in his church’s band during his spare time. 

Evita Colon is a published award winning poet and creative entrepreneur. She is the owner and founder of Speak to My Soul, an organization that uses the performing and media arts to empower, educate and elevate whilst providing opportunities and development for creatives of color. She is also the co-owner of A Concrete Rose Bookbar, a bookstore that cultivates creativity, culture and community through African American books, wine and an intimate performing arts space. She believes understanding leads to compassion thus she is always looking for compelling ways to tell raw stories and amplify those that share them with her.

India Folk is an Alumna of Lincoln Univesity who received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in International Relations. During her time at Lincoln India was an active student leader. India has interned for Representative Mike Sturla and, served as a student liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee which is one of the most influential bi-partisan lobbying organizations in America. Most recently India was appointed as the Political Action chair for the NAACP Lancaster Branch

Michelle Patterson is the founder of Credit Lab, LLC. For over fifteen years Michelle has provided credit and financial counseling to countless individuals and businesses needing to restore, rebuild, and protect their credit ratings. Michelle also consults business owners on how to build business credit and obtain funding.

This event was proposed by Eniyah Brown-Moore ‘22, F&M's Black Student Union and Ryan Trainor.

To accommodate changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Common Hour in the Fall semester of 2020 will shift to becoming a virtual event broadcast live via Zoom and YouTube on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m.


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