Equity in Education in the COVID-19 Era | February 2

Equity in Education in the COVID-19 Era | February 2

Feb 2, 2021 12:00pm

EDUCATORS worldwide have described 2020 as a “lost year.” Yet the impact of COVID-19 on education looks different across socio-economic gaps, often exacerbating pre-existing disparities. What do education challenges look like in different communities? What are some of the long-term implications for minority and disadvantaged populations? What can be learned from different regions?

Media imageJoin us on Feb 2 for a discussion moderated by Dina Kraft, Journalist and Podcast host, with Andrea Campbell, Boston City Council Member, and Nasreen Hadad Haj’Yahya, The Israel Democracy Institute, about current barriers to education equity in their communities, how COVID-19 affected them, and possible solutions.

February 2 at 12:00 pm Eastern
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About the speakers

Dina Kraft covers Israel and the Palestinian areas for The Christian Science Monitor out of Tel Aviv. She’s a long-time foreign correspondent who began her overseas career in the Jerusalem bureau of The Associated Press. She was later posted to AP’s Johannesburg bureau where she covered southern Africa. She’s also reported from Senegal, Kenya, Pakistan, Jordan, Tunisia, Russia, and Ukraine.  Dina is drawn to stories featuring unlikely connections, dual narratives and the impact of conflict on ordinary lives. She hosts a podcast “The Branch”, sponsored by Hadassah, that tells the stories of friendships among Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians.  She’s also an educator and has taught journalism classes at Northeastern University, Harvard University, and Boston University. Dina was a winner of the 2020 B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage. She was a 2012 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and a 2015 Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University. Dina’s work has also been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Haaretz, among other news outlets.

Andrea Campbell's vision for Boston is driven by her life story - the pride of growing up in Roxbury and the South End, the pain of losing her mother, father, and twin brother at an early age, and the foundation this city gave her to overcome long odds and become the first Black woman to serve as President of the Boston City Council. Born and raised in Boston, and educated in all Boston Public Schools, including Boston Latin School, Andrea went on to graduate from Princeton University and UCLA Law School.

She was first elected District 4 Boston City Councilor in 2015, representing primarily the neighborhoods of Dorchester and Mattapan, as well as parts of Roslindale and Jamaica Plain. On the Council, Councilor Campbell has established herself as an accessible, responsive, and pragmatic leader. She focuses on educational equity, improving public safety, criminal justice reform, affordable housing, and racial equity initiatives.

Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya is the Director of the Arab-Jewish Relations Program at the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) since 2015, and has worked as a researcher in the Institute since 2012. She holds an MA in Education and Social Geography and is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at Tel Aviv University. In her doctoral dissertation she examine the social barriers facing Arab youngsters and their effect on these youngsters' future orientation. She is an expert on informal education in Arab society, on the socioeconomic profile of young Arab men and women; the integration of Arabs into higher education and the Israeli job market; representation of Arabs in the civil service and decision-making processes.