Photo gallery: MCC-Penn Valley’s Common Read Convention
MCC-Penn Valley students joined students from nine KC area high schools at the second annual Common Read Convention on campus. The book that spurred all the talk: Tanner Colby’s “Some of My Best Friends Are Black.” This school year, several Penn Valley classes read the book, and a number of related programs were held.
The author himself spoke at the April 20 convention in two panel discussions. After the second one, students broke into smaller groups to continue the conversation about race in America and Kansas City.
“I was happy to see the hard work of so many groups from our community pay off,” said MCC-Penn Valley librarian Michael Korklan, chair of the Common Read committee. “I think it was an enriching experience for everyone in attendance. It was great to see our students take on a leadership role in working with the high school students.”
Yvette Sweeney, Penn Valley’s dean of student development, said the convention’s panel discussions reminded her “that our work to ensure that all individuals are valued and have equal opportunity is far from finished — it requires each of us to examine our own beliefs and to educate ourselves to ensure that we aren’t blind to the experiences of others in our community.”