held a forum on the Blind Side of Illiteracy to raise awareness on the topic of adult illiteracy and its socio-economic impact on society, individuals, and their families.
Community Activist Felicia Delgado, Founder and CEO/Executive Director, Esthers Well spearheaded the event that was held at the MET School on Public Street in Providence. Mayor Angel Taveras attended the event and offered his thoughts on the subject of illiteracy and his commitment to improve learning at all levels in Providence.
The program opened with a presentation by Marcus Mitchell founding President of the Providence Community Library on the economics of Illiteracy, followed by remarks from Marco McWilliams who addressed the historical and contemporary connections to mass-incarceration and mass-(de)education.
A panel discussion followed with Philip Less, State Director of Adult Basic Education and GED Programs at RIDE, Adam Bush, Director of Curriculum of College Unbound, Sol Rodriguez, Executive Director Open Doors, Richard Delfino, Municipal Court Administrator, A.T. Wall, Director, Department of Corrections Jamie Scurry, Interim Dean for Roger Williams Universitys School of Continuing Studies; and Moderated by Mary H. Cooney.
The event was attended by professionals in the field as well as ground level activist that work with the population affected the most on a daily basis; and without question the attendees agreed that illiteracy begins at early ages of development. Investments in education have short term and long term benefits; but more importantly, the recipients of literary have a gift that keeps on giving to them and to others.
Sponsors included The Genesis Center, The Met School, David Goldberg and the Forum Planning Committee. Congratulations Felicia on bringing the issue of illiteracy to the forefront. For more information on the Blind side of Illiteracy you may contact Felicia Delgado at http://theblindsideofilliteracy.eventbrite.com/.