School Is In Session: Diversifying the Educator Workforce Panel - Lourdes University School Is In Session: Diversifying the Educator Workforce Panel - Lourdes University

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School Is In Session: Diversifying the Educator Workforce Panel

November 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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The Lourdes University Division of Education is pleased to offer School Is In Session: Diversifying the Educator Workforce on Monday, November 15 from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd. The event is free and open to the public and includes light hors d’oeuvres and beverage. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Masks are required.

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Every year the student population increases in diversity while the overall teacher workforce pipeline decreases. This trend drastically exasperates the disparity gap of diverse teachers available to the growing diverse student population. In Ohio, 30% of the student population are from diverse background. Comparatively, only 5% of the teacher population identify as diverse. Lourdes University and its partners created the Like Me: Diversifying the Educator Workforce program to help address this issue.

Local district statistics reflect similar disparities to statewide numbers with gaps between student and teacher populations ranging from 20% to 55% among Lourdes University’s Like Me program partner districts. Partner districts include Toledo Public Schools, Springfield Schools, Washington Local Schools, and Sylvania City Schools.

We invite you to join us in tackling this important community issue. Now is the time to come together to collaboratively empower change.

This panel discussion event will explore the challenge at hand, strategies for overcoming barriers, and the importance of collaboration.

Panelists include:

  • Randy Gardner, Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education
  • John Jones, President, HOPE Toledo
  • Kimberly Scribner, Coordinator Like Me Program, Lourdes University
  • Lamis Younes, Elementary School Teacher, Sylvania City Schools

Following the panel, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with panelist, Like Me partners and supporters as well as Lourdes University leadership.

For more information, contact Dr. Vince Laverick at


November 15, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Franciscan Center
6832 Convent Blvd
Sylvania, OH 43560 United States
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