2020 NC Conference for Educational Equity

Join educators from across the state for a FREE two-day virtual conference dedicated to exploring the multiple dimensions of educational equity. NC Conference for Educational Equity will focus on rethinking our practices, disrupting a broken system and discussing innovative solutions that create equitable outcomes for every student in North Carolina. Throughout the conference, participants will select from a variety of interactive sessions that focus equity as it relates to systemic educational barriers, race, LGBTQ+, English Learners, Exceptional Children, and much more. Registration has ended.


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Day 1: Tuesday, July 21st 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Keynote Address

10:15 AM – 3:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions

Day 2: Wednesday, July 22nd 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Educator Panel

10:15 AM – 3:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions

Keynote Speakers 

Tru PettigrewTru Pettigrew: Tru is a celebrated author, an engaging speaker, a committed community leader, and an award-winning marketing executive with 20 years of experience at the nation’s top advertising & marketing agencies. Tru currently serves as founder and President of Tru Access (www.Tru-Access.com), which is an inspiration and empowerment consultancy that serves individuals and organizations by helping them to bridge gaps. His first book, “Millennials Revealed” serves as a guide for countless individuals and organizations across the country to help them build meaningful connections across diverse generations. As a Diversity & Inclusion advocate and committed Community Bridge Builder, Tru has established a strong reputation for building bridges across racial, cultural, social, and relational lines. Tru currently lives in Cary, NC with his wife of 17 years, Tameka, and their 7-year-old son Austin.

Tony GodwinTony Godwin: Tony retired in January 2019 as the Chief of Police for the Town of Cary.  His 30-year career with the Cary Police Department began as an intern when he was a Senior at NC State University.  Following graduation, he began as a patrol officer and went on to work nearly every assignment in the department over the next 3 decades.  He served as the Region VII Director for the NC Assoc. of Chiefs of Police, The Chairman of the Carolinas Region for the Atlanta/Carolinas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area through the US Drug Enforcement Agency and finally, he was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina as a state commissioner for the Industrial Hemp Commission.  During the last 5 years of his career Tony found his passion for building bridges between law enforcement and communities of color, which is the work he continues today through his partnership with Tru Pettigrew at Tru Access.  Tony is married for over 20 years to a former law enforcement officer, Shannon, and they have two sons, Wyatt (18) and Colton (9).


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