The YWCA is hosting an event, “Dispelling Myths: Critical Race Theory and Talking about Racism” on Sept 22 at 7:00pm.

Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become an emotionally and politically charged term.

It has catalyzed some state legislatures to oppose it, pitted community residents against each other, and forced racial justice advocates to defend its merits. But why? How has a more than 30-year-old academic framework designed to help scholars understand how racism and systemic oppression persist in the U.S. become a lightning rod?

A panel of experts will help people to understand Critical Race Theory, explore the value of discussing race and racism in institutional settings, and consider what this moment reveals about our collective capacity to become an antiracist society.

The event will be moderated by Erin Crosby, Director of Women’s Empowerment and Racial Justice at the YWCA Greenwich.

The panel include Terrell M Hill PhD, Superintendent of Windsor Public Schools; Judge Angela Carol Robinson, Visiting Professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law; Jess Sullivan, Associate Professor at Skidmore College; and Michelle Wonsely-Ford, Executive Director at the Center for Racial Justice in Education.

The event is free and open to the community. Register here.