Sierra Canyon Community: Conversation and Connection

On Thursday, June 11th, via Zoom, the Sierra Canyon Community came together for a parent town hall entitled "Sierra Canyon Community: Conversation and Connection."

Organized by Tamiko Davis (Jaxon '29, Dylan '33, Myles '31) along with fellow board members, Charlene Boudreaux (Destinee '15, Jamie '20), and Erica Reid (Arianna '19, Addison '22), this important event presented a safe space for SC community members to discuss the realities of being Black in America and how those realities shape our children, our families, and our Sierra Canyon community as a whole.
Panelists discussed important issues of diversity and inclusion, racial bias, systemic racism, and social injustice, along with ways we can all work together towards the creation of a more equitable and inclusive school environment.

If you missed the webinar, please click here to view this special event in its entirety.

Thank you to our incredible organizers, panelists, and viewers for an amazing evening of community connection!

More information on our participants and panelists below:

Moderator, Dr. Sharoni Little - Associate Dean and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer & Professor of Clinical Business Communication - University of Southern California

Dr. Little is an award-winning teacher, researcher, and mentor. A renowned author, global facilitator, and media commentator, Sharoni's research and expertise centers on organizational leadership, strategic communication, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. An educational and social advocate, Sharoni is a member and Immediate Past Chair of the Los Angeles County, Policy Roundtable for Childcare and Development Commission, and sits on several boards of trustees. Throughout her career, she has partnered with numerous community leaders and organizations, including the Aspen Institute, Obama Foundation, Children's Defense Fund, and the Compton Human Trafficking Task Force.

Panelist: William P. Jackson, Ph.D. - Village of Wisdom

William is Chief Dreamer of Village of Wisdom - a family organizing and advocacy entity working to eliminate racial injustice in schools.  VOW develops tools and resources that help parents, teachers, and students create ideal learning environments for Black and Brown learners. Dr. Jackson leads Village of Wisdom in endeavors related to fundraising, attracting new consulting contracts, and imagining new ways VOW can achieve its ultimate vision of Black Parents making American schools equitable learning spaces. He also works hard at listening.

Panelist: Shelly Tochluk, Ph.D. - Professor of EducationMount Saint Mary's University

An educator with a background in psychology, Shelly Tochluk is a Professor of Education at Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles, where she trains teachers to work with Los Angeles' diverse school population. She is the author of Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It and Living in the Tension: The Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice. Dr. Tochluk also has extensive experience in cross-race dialogue and youth mentoring.

Panelist: Dr. Howard Stevenson - Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies - University of Pennsylvania, Human Development & Quantitative Methods of the Graduate School of Education

Dr. Stevenson is Executive Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC), a research, program development, and training center that brings together community leaders, researchers, authority figures, families, and youth to study and promote racial literacy and health in schools and neighborhoods. He is also the Director of Forward Promise, a national program office funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to provide philanthropic support for organizations designed to improve the health of boys and young men of color and their families and to help them heal from the trauma of historical and present-day dehumanization, discrimination and colonization. Since 1985, Dr. Stevenson has served as a clinical and consulting psychologist working in impoverished rural and urban neighborhoods across the country. 

Parent/Faculty Panelist: Andre Chevalier (Ashley '20)

Parent Panelist: Jenean Glover (Jori '26, Kai '26)

Parent Panelist: Kim and Bryce Fluellen (Laila '24)

Parent Panelist: Hope Lester (Max '31)

Parent Panelist: Karen Matthies (Michelle '20, Lance '24, Logan '24)

Parent Panelist: Dondre Whitfield (Parker '23, Dre '27)

Townhall Welcome: Jim Skrumbis, Head of School
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Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.