Through the Eyes of a Child: Race, Culture, Ethnicity

Date: September 8, 2023

Time: Noon to 1:15 pm

Event Type: Live/Livestream
Members and Non-Members may attend our forums for free

Venue: Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the Gordon Hotel
555 Oak St.

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Please note that the venue is different from previous programs but it is still in the 5th Street Market complex. A person will be available to point you to the new location if needed.

An optional lunch provided by Marche Provisions may be purchased; please, no outside food. Park in the lot north of the railroad tracks on High or park west of Market Square on 5th.

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“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” Mahatma Gandhi. Our children are some of our most vulnerable and valuable human beings. They learn what we teach them and reflect back to us who we are. Dr. Lake learns from children as much as from adults, and often says, “I do progressive work with children and remedial work with you adults.”

Einstein said, “The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.” Alvin Toffler said, “The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write. Instead, it will those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” According to philosophers, we are all born a blank slate and do not come into the world knowing anything about race, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability of other identity issues. So, where do we get all this information?  Look to the context in which we are raised and the community in which we grow up in.

Dr. Lake spends a great deal of time talking, and more importantly, listening, to kids and adults talk about race, culture and ethnicity in an effort to achieve a greater understanding of where we are and where we are going. He is a dynamic speaker who will get you to think of things from a new perspective. Don’t miss this provocative first program of the 23-24 program year.


Name: Dr. Johnny Lake
Title: Diversity and Equity Administrator
Organization: 4J School District

Dr. Johnny Lake is a nationally and internationally recognized educator and speaker focused on leadership, identity, ethics, equity, inclusion, diversity, bias, community-building, communication, and cross-cultural interactions. He has served in the U.S., Europe, Turkey, and Canada. Dr. Lake holds a BS degree in History and received the Phi Beta Kappa award. He holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership; Policy, Management, and Organization and a K-12 administrator license. Dr. Lake has worked with the Washington State Supreme Court, Superior Court and Administrative Office of the Court on Diversity, Race, and Culture. He also has worked on the Federal Community Policing program with departments in Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico. He has worked with the Public Defenders Service Commission of Oregon and with the Oregon State Bar on Diversity education. He has worked with the U.S. Administration for Children and Families Commission and the U.S. Office of General Counsel on Diversity and Equity education.

Dr. Lake’s experience with school children is extensive. He was a principal at middle and high school. Then he was an administrator on special assignment out of the 4J Superintendent’s office until last year. He now works as an administrator for Diversity and Equity for 4J. 

Dr. Lake was also chairman of the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs and NAACP Education Chair. Dr. Lake is a single parent of four, and a grandfather. He is still very much a Southerner and appreciates your kindness and hospitality.

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