The Building Bridges Conference
“Preserving the Legacy of Sam Turner"
“Increased Teacher Diversity in the Classroom
Challenges, Opportunities, Solutions”
Lombardo’s Event Center, Randolph, MA
6 Billings St.
Friday, October 7, 2016
Claude Steele, Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost at UC Berkeley
Author of the Best Seller "Whistling Vivaldi"
How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, 2010
Sam Turner will leave a void that will never be filled in the world of educational equity; his commitment to the hiring and retention of staff of color in school districts throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is unparalleled. MPDE certainly knows the value of Sam's leadership and will miss his consistent guidance. Through his tireless efforts, the commitment to diversity hiring was kept alive and sustained.
MPDE can honor the memory of Sam Turner by continuing his important work. Sam will truly be missed; he was a splendid beacon of light in his role as founder of both the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee and our group, the Multicultural Partnerships for Diversity in Education. May his soul rest in peace.