As Summit seeks to address racial and cultural issues and appreciation in a variety of ways with our students this year, we invite you and your family to join us for a panel discussion on the importance of cultural inclusion in the classroom. Summit is honored to have two diverse, acclaimed authors joining us in this discussion. Unlike our Town Halls on Zoom, this will be a public streamed panel discussion with our speakers, and you will have a chance to ask your questions in the comments section on YouTube or Facebook.
We hope you and your family will join us for this important discussion. Please invite friends, family, neighbors, other educators, etc. to participate in this free event.

Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, and visual artist whose work explores the lives of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. Her numerous awards include a MacArthur Fellowship, the National Medal of Arts, a Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, and the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. Her classic novel The House on Mango Street, has sold over six million copies, has been translated into over twenty-five languages, and is required reading in schools and universities across the nation.

Randy Ribay was born in the Philippines and raised in the Midwest. He’s the author of An Infinite Number of Parallel UniversesAfter the Shot Drops, and Patron Saints of Nothing, a powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder. It has received five starred reviews and was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award, LA Times Book Prize, Edgar Award for YA, and CILIP Carnegie Medal. Randy earned his BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Master’s Degree in Language and Literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He teaches high school English in the San Francisco Bay Area where he lives with his wife and two dogs.