photo by Lea St. Germain

Please direct engagement inquiries to Cynthia Pesantez, Community Engagement & Operations Director ~ cynthia@debbyirving.com

“It has been many months since you visited [our school] last fall, but I have not stopped hearing from parents and teachers who learned so much from your presentation and discussions, and who were truly impacted by your words.  Just last week, both a teacher and a parent approached me to say that they were still thinking about the conversations you engendered.  Thanks to your talk with parents, we’ve been able to continue the conversation sparked with white parents who want to explore their identities and the systems of oppression.  I want to thank you for inspiring so many.” ~ Kim Chaloner, Grace Church School

2019 Engagements 

*** event is open to the public

January 16 ~ University of Maine Fort Kent ~ Fort Kent, ME *** 

January 19 ~ Allies for Racial Justice ~ Leawood, KS *** Link to Event

January 23 ~ MIT Cambridge ~ Cambridge, MA   

January 27 ~ Congregational Church of Middlebury  ~ Middlebury, VT *** Link to Event

February 1 ~ National Conference for Community and Justice ~ Hartford, CT

February 5  ~ Colby College with Black Girl in Maine

February 6  ~ Harvard University Health Services with Black Girl in Maine *** Link to Event

February 15 ~ Miami Valley School ~ Dayton, OH

February 15 ~ University of Dayton ~ Dayton, OH

February 17 ~ Hosanna Lutheran Church ~ Forest Lake, MN*** Link to Event

February 18 ~ Lakeville School District ~ Lakeville, MN

February 21-22 ~ Saint Anselm College ~ Manchester, NH *** Link to Event

March 3  ~ Black Heritage Trail NH  with Black Girl in Maine  ***Link to Event

March 5 ~ Howard Community College  ~ Columbia, MD*** Link to Event 

March 11 ~ Nantucket Lighthouse School ~ Nantucket, MA *** Link to Register 

March 15 ~ Seven Stones Leadership ~ ZOOM Event  ***Link to register

March 18 ~ Brookline Talks ~ Brookline, MA*** Link to Register 

March 20-23 ~ White Privilege Conference ~ Cedar Rapids Iowa

March 25 ~ Miss Halls School ~ Pittsfield, MA

March 28 ~ City of Madison ~ Madison, WI with Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.

March 31 ~ Worcester Friends Meeting WFM (Quaker) ~ Worcester, MA*** Link coming soon

April 1 ~ Massachusetts School Library Association ~ Framingham, MA

April 9 ~ Families Organizing for Racial Justice  with Black Girl in Maine ~ Newton, MA*** Link to Register

April 10 ~ Belmont After School Collaborative ~ Belmont MA*** Link to Event 

April 11 ~ Association of Independent Schools New England (AISNE) with  Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. ~ Wellesley, MA *** Link to Register

April  24 ~ Concord Carlisle High School Parent Association ~ Concord, MA*** Link to Register

April 26  ~ Seattle 2019 Equity Summit  with Black Girl in Maine  ***Link to Register

April 27 ~ Highline Public Schools with Black Girl in Maine ~ Burien, WA ***  Link to Register

May 1 ~ Friends School of Portland  with Black Girl in Maine  ***Link to Register

May 4 & 5 ~ YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. ~ Troy, NY *** Link to Register

May 6 ~ Loomis, Sayles & Company ~ Boston, MA

May 14 ~ Oakwood School ~ Los Angeles, CA

May 20-21~ Brownson Church ~ Southern Pines, NC*** Link to Register

May 28-June 1 ~ National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) ~ Portland, OR

June 3 ~ Jesuit High School ~ Portland, OR

June 12 ~ New York State Community College Business Officers Conference ~ Rochester, NY

June 22 ~ Tearing Down the Walls Conference ~ Nashville, TN

June 26 ~ Pretrial Justice Institute ~ Online

August 18 ~ Monadnock Summer Lyceum ~ Peterborough, NH

August 19 ~ Chautauqua Institution ~ Chautauqua, NY

September 4 ~ Belmont Public Schools ~ Belmont, MA

September 15 ~ West Hartford First Church ~ West Hartford, CT with Claudia Fox Tree ***  Link to Register 

September 18 ~ Springfield College ~ Springfield, MA *** Event Details ~ Email  inclusion@springfield.edu  to Register

October 1 ~ Allies for Racial Justice  ~ Leawood, KS *** Link to Register

October 3 ~ Spectrum Health Lakeland ~ Lakeland MI ***  Link to event

October 12 ~ Wayside Presbyterian Church ~ Erie, PA *** Link to Register

October 12 ~ Jefferson Educational Society ~ Erie, PA *** Link to Register

October 13-16 ~ National Symposium on Courageous Conversation ~ New Orleans, LA *** Link to Register 

October 18 or 19 ~ Tell Me The Truth: Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversations with Black Girl In Maine ~ AVAILABLE

October 21 ~ Waldorf School of Lexington ~ Lexington, MA *** Link to Register

October 24 ~ Association of Independent Schools in New England ~ Waltham, MA *** Link to Register 

October 29 ~ Calcasieu Parish Public Library ~ Lake Charles, LA ***

October 31 ~ Private Corporate Event ~ Boston, MA

November 2 ~ First Church Congregational UCC ~ Fairfield, CT ***

November 5 ~ Acton-Boxborough Regional School District ~ Boxborough, MA

November 8 ~ Decolonizing the Mind: Through Conversations We Were Never Meant to Have with Claudia Fox Tree  ~ AVAILABLE

November 13 ~ Lincoln Public Schools ~ Lincoln, MA *** Link to Register

December 8 ~ Tell Me The Truth: Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversations with Black Girl In Maine  ~ AVAILABLE

*** event is open to the public

2018 Engagements 

2017 Engagements

2016 Engagements

2015 Engagements

2014 Engagements

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