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Fontbonne University’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is hosting a panel discussion on Critical Race Theory (CRT). Four panelists with different areas of professional expertise will explore what CRT is – and isn’t – and its potential impact on education at all levels.


Taylor Library – Lewis Room, 4 pm.


A Panel Discussion on Critical Race Theory

Tuesday, October 4, 2022


Nancy Blattner, Fontbonne University President


Elizabeth Rayhel, Professor

Deanna Williams, Special Advisor to the President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Panelists (in alphabetical order)

Heather Fleming

Ms. Fleming, a former high school English teacher in the Parkway school district, left that behind to found “In Purpose Educational Services,” a nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving equity and inclusion in a diverse world. She started the MO Equity Education Partnership in July 2021. She is the author of “My Black Friend Says: Lessons in Equity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competency.” Ms. Fleming is currently a senior organizer for the African American Policy Forum.

Sharonica Hardin-Bartley

Dr. Hardin-Bartley has an undergraduate degree in elementary education and special education from Harris-Stowe State University, an M.A. in Education Administration from Saint Louis University and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served as superintendent of the School District of University City since July 2016, where she has been a strong advocate for racial equity, trauma-informed practices and student voice in education.

Corinne W. Mason

Dr. Mason has degrees from Wittenberg University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Saint Louis University. Her doctorate is in American studies. She is currently an associate professor at Fontbonne University, where she chairs the Department of Humanities. She is also an award-winning poet.

Christopher Tinson

Dr. Tinson’s doctorate is from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He is currently an associate professor of history at Saint Louis University and chairs the Department of African American Studies. His writings focus on histories of Africana radical traditions, black protest movements, U.S. Ethnic Studies, incarceration, and race and sports.


Presented by Fontbonne’s Chapter of the American Association of University Professors

Costs underwritten by the Missouri chapter of the American Association of University Professors

Physical facilities made available by Fontbonne University



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