Forum on Critical Race Theory and Education with NKU and Democracy and Me

Critical Race Theory and Education Gloria Ladson Billings

Dr. David Childs, D.D., Ph.D.
Northern Kentucky University

College and high school students at an upcoming virtual forum featuring Democracy and Me and Northern Kentucky University’s Black and Brown Educators of Excellence student group will discuss the topic of critical race theory (CRT) in public schools and highlight the importance of a diverse and more multicultural curriculum.

Faculty and staff at Northern Kentucky in the College of Education have been highlighting the importance of diversity in education for some time now through various programs and activities such as an annual think tank on diversity and inclusion, developing the Black and Brown Educators of Excellence student group, having a diversity committee housed within the college and even embedding and interweaving issues of diversity throughout curriculum in many courses. Cincinnati Public Radio’s Democracy and Me program shares the same values related to diversity embraced by NKU and as a result has co-planned a forum to discuss critical race theory and other other topics related to diversity and education. The free virtual event is slated for Monday November 29, 6pm and promises to be enlightening and educational. The talk will add more clarity to the national discussion around diversity and education as it relates to CRT. The event is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending and participating in the free discussion can register here

Meanwhile check out these resources that offer educators and the general public information and lessons about diversity and education and critical race theory.

Resources for Integrating Critical Race Theory in a K-12 and Undergraduate Classrooms
Talking About Race and Privilege: Lesson Plan for Middle and High School Students
Critical Race Lesson Resources for Middle Grades Students
Take 5: Critical Race Theory Toolkit
Learn & Unlearn: Anti-racism Resource Guide
Parents seeing through educrats’ lies about critical race theory can ‘fight the power’ and win
Should Pa. schools adopt critical race theory curriculum? | Pro/Con

References and Further Reading
What Is Critical Race Theory, and Why Is It Under Attack?
Critical Race Theory: An Introduction By Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic
Critical race theory in the classroom: Understanding the debate
‘Children deserve to be taught’: Teachers in 22 cities are planning protests over laws restricting racism lessons in schools
Texas is the latest state to take action on ‘Critical Race Theory’


  1. This is one reason I enjoy NKU and the instructors there! The diversity recognition and education that takes place is astounding. We need to be educating our youth about racism and education the on holidays and special events not only ones that white people celebrate but that other ethnic backgrounds celebrate as well. How will we ever turn into a non-racist country if we as white people are not teaching our children about the other cultures and preparing them for what to except? I am to saying that in a bad way, but, when you see a female in public with a head covering on children want to stare. Mainly because they have no idea why she is wearing the head covering, however, if they were taught about the religion and why they wear maybe they would not stare and would go on like it was normal as it is.

  2. One of the reasons why I love NKU is its diversity. I am a gay man and so I loved when I first came here that NKU had a number of LGBTQIA+ groups. I like to think that they are the same way when it comes to other cultures and ethnicities as well. The fact that there is an annual think tank for diversity is incredible. I wish more universities would take a page from NKU.

  3. I’ve never heard of this event. I think having something like a course or even an event around race theory and education will help people learn more and bring awareness on the lack of diversity in the education system.

  4. It’s great that NKU is creating a safe and welcoming space for people to learn and help them to even form new opinions. I think everyone should at least know the basics of what critical race theory is and I love that NKU is helping students to further their knowledge on things that are important in our community.

  5. I love that NKU is inclusive of these conversations and focuses on having resources to be able to understand critical race theory. I can understand how this talk can be educational and enlightening for those to attend and better understand diversity throughout their curriculum.

  6. I honestly had no idea that this event was taking place at NKU. I believe that simply attending this event and listening to what individuals have to say about what is going on would have been a really instructive experience. its awesome that NKU offers something like this for students on campus. 

  7. I like how NKU offers a discussion about critical race theory and a more diverse curriculum for schools. I really like knowing that NKU offers so many communities based on so many different topics and group styles to be able to help everyone feel connected to the school in some way and not just by the classes. I especially like how active every group is with their topic of choice. I enjoy knowing that NKU offers this discussion because it can help so many people to understand what critical race theory is and why it’s important to learn about.

  8. I honestly never heard about this event that was occurring at NKU. I think this event would’ve been a very insightful think to go to just to listen, and hear what people would’ve had to say about what is occurring. I believe this was a good event for the campus to hold to get people more educated with what actually goes on with racism.

  9. Forums such as this need to extend outside of the college experience and should be provided exposure to students of any class or grade level. Extending these forums and creating more allows students to understand privilege from a different standpoint and how to think more critically about their decisions and actions.

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