Chair, National Black Council of School Board Members
Tolleson Union High School District’s first Black American Board President, Del Palacio, has dedicated his board tenure to advancing equity. Del Palacio helped draft and pass a non-discrimination policy that includes protection for gender identity and gender expression; assisted the district in passing the Indigenous Peoples Day Resolution; and collaborated with board members to produce an anti-hate speech resolution, among other important board actions.
Del Palacio began working as a community organizer in 2012 and is currently the Executive Director, at the Booker T. Washington Childhood Development Center. The Cesar Chavez Foundation, the City of Phoenix, and the Greater Phoenix Urban League have recognized Del Palacio for his commitment to securing equitable learning environments for all students. In 2019, Devin was recognized as the National School Board Member of the Year by the National Alliance of Black School Educators. Currently, Devin serves as the Chairman of the National Black Council of School Board Members. In addition, Devin is a member of the Board of Directors for the Arizona School Board Association and the National School Board Association.
Overview: The economic downturn and failing schools are perpetuated by the lack of exposure, resources, attitude, and the fact that failure in one community will transform failure in another community and poverty wins again. This workshop will explore several salient issues around the plight of education during the early inception of the COVID Pandemic and crisis. During this workshop, panel experts will discuss strategies that will assist in helping the audience better understand next steps and how we can better prepare our children, youth, families, and communities when the unknown strikes as did COVID-19 Coronavirus.