The mission of Project DREAMS is to create equitable schools through positive youth and community development—everyone involved benefits from a community-wide vision for racial equity. Join OSU, Delaware City Schools, Delaware African American Heritage Council, and other community partners for our inaugural Equity Day event on February 21, 2023. Registration opens on December 16.
Program funding is provided by Well Connected Communities, a national health and well-being initiative of the Cooperative Extension System—in partnership with the National 4-H Council and support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)—working to ensure that life-long health and well-being are within everyone’s reach.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Equity Day FAQs (external link)
8:30-9:30 am Kick Off
City Hall, Council Chambers | 74 W William St | Small parking lot and street parking
Welcome to Equity Day! Get to know what Project DREAMS is about and meet the program organizers. Consider what it will take to embody your commitments with somatics teacher Tecca Thompson. Curate resources to connect to the why’s of this work and receive some support as you start the day.
10:00-10:45 am Storytime
Woodward Elementary | 200 S Washington St. | Parking lot across the street
The third graders at Woodward Elementary will celebrate Equity Day with invited guests. Project DREAMS participants will play music and lead songs, read a short story to introduce the importance of dreaming, and then facilitate an activity to help audiences of all ages imagine a world to which everyone belongs. Special thanks to Woodward Elementary School’s DEI Committee for helping host this event! This event is closed to the public.
11:15 am-12:30 pm Lunch n’ Learn
Andrew’s House | 39 W. Winter St. | Street parking
Reserve a spot for a catered lunch. Hear from Tamika Vinson-Reid (DAAHC Chair), who will introduce the history of racial justice organizing in Delaware, present-day contributions, and future goals related to equity and justice. There is no cost to attend, but donations to DAAHC are appreciated.
1:00-1:45 pm Equity 101
Ohio Wesleyan University – Ham-Will Center | 40 Rowland Ave. | Street parking
Equity literacy is the first step to creating equitable environments. Participate in this workshop to deepen your understanding of how equity and inequity operate and gain skills to identify racial inequity and eliminate disparities in our community.
3:15-4:00 pm Youth Summit
Hayes High School | 289 Euclid Ave. | Parking lot
15 high school students have been working all school year to identify equity and inequity in their school and community. They will present their findings and give recommendations for eliminating disparities in Delaware. Don’t miss this opportunity to see these brilliant young leaders in action and engage their recommendations for our community’s future!
February 21, 2023, will be known as a day in Delaware when the community expressed and supported diversity and racial equity in order to build a stronger and more accepting community. Immediately following youth presentations, city and county leaders will formally recognize and award the young people for their efforts to create a more equitable, fair, and just community.
For more information about Equity Day or Project DREAMS, contact Whitney Gherman (PI) at firstname.lastname@example.org.