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Council Member Zappone Co-Hosts Forum on Increasing Educators of Color

Jeff Gunn, Legislative Assistant,

Monday, October 31, 2022 at 8:50 a.m.

Council Member Zack Zappone co-hosted a Forum on Increasing Educators of Color alongside School Board Vice President Nikki Lockwood. The well-attended event took place at the newly renovated downtown Central Library on Tuesday, October 25th with catering provided by Feast World Kitchen and Indigenous Eats.

“A more diverse teaching workforce will lead to better student outcomes, not only for students of color, but for all students,” said Council Member Zack Zappone. “Improved student outcomes strengthen our city, lead to more living wage jobs, and a higher quality of life for all. Intentionally supporting and celebrating diversity in our community makes Spokane a rich, vibrant city, where everyone belongs and has a fair shot.”

School Board Vice President Nikki Lockwood stated, "While the board passed an equity resolution, we have more work to do to provide excellence for everyone. We also recognize the current and historical crisis of racism that impacts our students. I am grateful to be here with you all, in community, working to fulfill the goals of our equity resolution.”

The forum featured several panelists from diverse backgrounds that provided insight into why increasing the number of educators of color is important. The panelists provided stories of first-hand experience, and LaunchNW provided data that showed the inequalities in our school system. The forum was a first step in addressing this important issue and Council Member Zappone remains committed to being involved in future outcomes.