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‘KICKED OUT’ – Virtual Town Hall Event on April 18, 2024

KICKED OUT, our virtual town hall event will bookend Black Maternal Health Week on Thursday, April 18, 2024. 6:30 until 8 p.m EDT. This event will be held online on the Zoom platform. Limited space is available. The event is free and open to the public with pre-registration required at kickedoutvirtualtownhall.eventbrite.com

Hosted by BEE Collective, including BEE’s co-founder and Community Leader, Dr. Kim Nesta Archung, along with BEE’s Community Champion, Stephanie McFadden, this town hall event will be moderated by community advocate Shantell Scott Twumasi and will feature three experts on the panel to discuss and address the KICKED OUT report findings and how the research impacts the community-at-large.

Expert panelists include: Dr. Melodie Baker – KICKED OUT Report Lead, ImpactSTATS, Inc.; Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D. – Founding Director, Equity Research Action Coalition and Research Professor, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (UNC-Chapel Hill); and parent, Mavis G. Huger, Senior Corporate Counsel at Ingevity Corporation. “Perhaps, if we could correct our suspension mistakes with our preschool kids, it might lead to correcting our mistakes in other areas. But we first have to be willing to admit the presence of our personal bias and be willing to take the steps to address our bias,” says Campaign Manager Treva Williams.

This event is part of a larger initiative aimed at coalition building to specifically address the harming of Black children in South Carolina and beyond, and to provide resources to promote greater awareness, better education, and more meaningful advocacy for the community’s most impressionable population.

Town Hall Panelists

Panelists include the following individuals:


Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D.

Founding Director, Equity Research Action Coalition


Kim Nesta Archung, Ph.D.

Community Leader, Co-Founder, BEE Collective


Mavis G. Huger

Senior Corporate Counsel, Ingevity Corporation


Melodie Baker, Ph.D.

KICKED OUT Report Lead, ImpactSTATS, Inc.


Shantell Scott-Twumasi

Community Advocate, Event Moderator


Stephanie McFadden

Community Champion, BEE Collective


Treva Williams

Campaign Manager

About The BEE Collective

The mission of the Beloved Early Education and Care Collective is to ensure that every child enters kindergarten socially and emotionally ready to learn, that every pregnant person, parent and early educator has positive well-being and the tools to navigate maternal health and early care systems, that families are resilient, and that our community reduces mental health stigma for all ages.

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