Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Jaime-Jin Lewis

Border Crossers
Jaime-Jin Lewis is a racial equity educator and trainer. She designs and leads interactive lectures and workshops for diverse audiences that aim to transform thinking and inspire action. Jaime-Jin recently served as the Executive Director of Border Crossers, a New York-based racial justice and education equity nonprofit, where she launched the Talking About Race curriculum for teachers and trained over 2,000 educators from over 900 schools nationally.

Presentations from Facing Race 2014

Transformative Approaches for Addressing Race, Healing and Taking Action for Equity in Schools

Have your attempts to have “the equity conversation” in your school or district led to increased marginalization and upset? Are you struggling to connect how a conversation about race will lead to improved outcomes for children?

This interactive session will explore key racial equity concepts and strategies that support an educator’s ability to identify, interrupt and address inequity in their classrooms and schools. Educators will walk away with a deeper understanding and practical tools for engaging in sense-making conversations about racial equity that lead to productive action.

Speakers: Jaime-Jin Lewis, LaShawn Routé Chatmon, Victor Cary, Laura Shmishkiss, Benny Vasquez

This is How We Do It: Youth Led Racial Justice

A new generation of racial justice leaders are interrupting and innovating in the ways racial justice work is made relevant in our times. In various ways, young people are working creatively, intersectionally and courageously to set our nation on course for the racially just future we deserve. Who are some of the leaders guiding this next epoch? What models, tools, practices and cultural strategies are there to build a more just, inclusive foundation for their generation and the ones that follow? Join in this conversation amongst movement makers, as they share thoughts on what’s hot in racial justice now, and what's on the come up in the years ahead.

Speakers: FM Supreme, Ramiro Luna, Sharon Davies, Jaime-Jin Lewis, Key Jackson

Presentations from Facing Race 2012

How to Talk About Race in the Classroom

What do you say when a child asks you an unexpected question about race? How might that question become a teachable race moment? Border Crossers invites you to participate in an exciting workshop for educators seeking tools to talk about race and equity with children. This is not a lecture or a presentation ? we use adult learning techniques and participatory theater to collectively discuss race?s role in our lives, share personal experiences of critical moments, develop strategies for confidently and effectively entering into conversations about race in the classroom and practice what to say when tough situations arise.

Speakers: J'nelle Bobb-Semple, Jaime-Jin Lewis