Presentation to focus on building community, embracing race

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Andrew Grant-Thomas, co-director of EmbraceRace, will speak on “Making ‘America’ Possible: A Conversation about Building Community and Embracing Race” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in the Greg Sutliff Auditorium of the Lewis Katz Building on the Penn State University Park campus.

At a time of substantial racial turbulence in the United States, Grant-Thomas said 80 percent of young U.S. adults, including 50 percent of millennials of color, say they rarely or never spoke about race in their childhood homes. His presentation will address this.

Grant-Thomas is the co-director at EmbraceRace, an online community of parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, teachers and guidance counselors, day care providers, young people, and caring adults. He previously was director of programs at the Proteus Fund; deputy director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University; and a researcher at the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University.

The event is co-sponsored by the Child Care Center at Hort Woods, the Bennett Family Center, and the Law and Education Alliance at Penn State. Participants can receive two hours of professional development credit by offering a PA KEYS Registry Number at the session. For more information, or for participants who wish to receive credit via webcast, contact Heather Kimble at

The presentation is available via live stream here.

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Last Updated February 22, 2017