On Different Tracks: Race, Class and Education, a Think & Drink conversation

 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118

Press Release:

SEATTLE – Join Humanities Washington for our next Think & Drink event, On Different Tracks: Race, Class and Education, at The Royal Room in Columbia City May 28. This event will bring community members together in a comfortable, restaurant setting for an open discussion on the difficult subjects of race, class and education. We will ask: How does race and socioeconomic status affect educational access and achievement? What are the challenges of teaching a changing student population? And how do these issues play out in the Seattle area?

Even though high school dropout rates are declining nationwide, those rates still differ markedly by race and socioeconomic status. In Washington state in 2010, graduation rates were at 73% for white students, 69% for Asian students, 55% for Latino students, 51% for black students and only 31% for Native American students. (Source: Report by Education Week and the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center.)

This discussion will be led by Wayne Au and Claudia Rowe and moderated by Tonya Mosley. A former Seattle Public high school teacher and graduate of Garfield, Au is an associate professor of education at the University of Washington, Bothell, where he also serves as chair of the campus Diversity Council. Rowe has been an award-winning social issues journalist for more than 20 years, writing most recently for The New York Times, Mother Jones and The Seattle Times. Mosley is a broadcast reporter and regular contributor to Al Jazeera America, The Huffington Post and KUOW-FM.

This Think & Drink is part of Humanities Washington’s themed 2014 Think & Drink series: Race, Place and Culture. This series will address the intersections and impacts of race, place and culture on lives around our state. Look for more events in this series later this year.

Humanities Washington’s Think & Drink program brings hosted conversations on provocative topics and new ideas to pubs, tasting rooms and other non-traditional venues around the state, fostering community discussions by meeting people where they already gather. For more information, please visit

Submitted by Dora Taylor