Community Education News

Try Something New with LEARNwest

LEARNwest Catalog Cover Winter Spring 2018Welcome to the winter/spring 2018 LEARNwest catalog! We are no longer printing or mailing this catalog, but you will still find a variety of opportunities for you to experiment with a new subject area or build on a previous skill and expand your area of expertise.

Many people enjoy connecting with other people who have similar interests. It’s rewarding to meet other people who also like to keep active and live in the same neighborhood!

Our early registration discount is also being offered again! When you register at least two weeks before the class start date, you will receive a $5 discount. The online class prices automatically reflect the discount when it applies. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked at least two weeks before the class start date to qualify for the discount, or the regular rates apply. Make sure to sign up in time to receive this discount, and secure your place in the class of your choice.

Enjoy your new year by trying something new.

For information about LEARNwest please call Program Coordinator, Sue Otte at 515-633-5007.

Community Education Hosts Equity Speaker/Author Dr. Jennifer Harvey

Raising White Kids Book Jacket and Jennifer Harvey

Join us as WDMCS Community Education hosts Dr. Jennifer Harvey to speak about her new book, “Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America.”

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.
Staplin Peforming Arts Center
Valley High School | 3650 Woodland Ave. | West Des Moines

Our society is quickly becoming one of the most racially diverse in the world. The conundrums of raising healthy white children in a society like ours is tough. Should we teach them to be “colorblind” or to notice race? What is the best way to talk about white privilege and real injustices? What roles do we want to equip them to play in addressing racism when they encounter it?

Raising healthy white kids is important work and a critical investment in the well-being and futures of all of our children. Important public discussion exists in regard to the impact of race and racism on children of color. But good dialogue about and understanding the impact of race on white children is lacking. This workshop is designed to foster that dialogue.

This event is for anyone who’s been a white kid, knows a white kid, or thinks what we teach white kids about race as we envision our collective future matters.

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Dr. Jennifer Harvey is a writer, speaker, and professor at Drake University. Her work focuses on racial justice and white anti-racism. Harvey’s most recent books include “Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America” (Abingdon Press) and “Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation” (Wm. B. Eerdmans). Harvey also contributes to The New York Times and Huffington Post and is ordained in the American Baptist Churches (U.S.A.). She lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

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