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PPS program focuses on race

Want to talk about race?

Not to be confused with Portland Public Schools' "Courageous Conversations About Race," the districtwide equity training, the PPS Office of Equity announced Monday that they will hold a public discussion about “when and how we learn about race” on Tuesday evening.

The talk is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Jefferson High School cafeteria, 5210 N. Kerby St.

The event is part of Race Talks 2, an off-shoot of “Race Talks: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism,” a dialogue held every second Tuesday at the McMcMenamins Kennedy School Gym. Those events are held 7 to 9 p.m., and each month there's a different topic of ethnicity and racial elements in Oregon history, with educators and experts in the field.

The aim of Race Talks is to provide experiences to develop racial identity and intercultural sensitivity.

At Tuesday's event at Jefferson, a facilitated dialogue will be led by Koffi Dessou, a consultant for the city’s Office of Equity and Human Rights, and Portland Police Officer Jim Quackenbush.