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Indianapolis Teach For America to Elevate Black and Brown Male Voices in the Classroom with Men of Many Virtual Summit

Indianapolis leaders to facilitate and participate in discussions on educational equity, culturally responsive teaching, and the critical need for men of color educators.

INDIANAPOLIS – Teach For America will host its Men of Many Summit, a free, inclusive virtual space to encourage and support men of color in the classroom, Friday, Mar. 26 and Saturday, Mar. 27.

The Men of Many Summit, originally founded in New York by educators Ragina Arrington and Crystal Alvarez, will now take place virtually, expanding access, particularly to Black and Brown educators and those interested in exploring a career in education, across the nation. Participants will learn how they can leverage their strengths for success in the field as well as engage in professional development opportunities with a network of top leaders and Teach For America alumni.

This year’s summit includes a number of Indianapolis leaders both as facilitators and participants. Dr. Michael Twyman, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy associate faculty member, will lead a conversation on the School to Prison Pipeline and the Black Male "Enforcer." The Mind Trust Innovation School Fellow Francisco Valdiosera will also participate among others.

“We are so excited for this year’s Men of Many Summit,” said Amar Patel, executive director of Teach For America Indianapolis. “Many of our partners have been engaging in this work here on the ground locally and we are thrilled to have them share their insights with leaders and educators across the country. This type of focus on access, community, and solidarity for male identifying leaders interested in social justice issues and education is critical to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion across the board.” 

The two-day virtual summit will include keynote speakers, professional development sessions, mentorship opportunities, and networking with schools, community-based organizations, and alternative teaching pathways.

For more information on the summit or to register, visit 

For more information about Teach For America Indianapolis, visit our website at www.teachforamerica/indianapolis and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @tfaindy.

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with 350 urban and rural communities across the country to expand educational opportunity for children. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding leaders who make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, Teach For America is a force of over 64,000 alumni and corps members working in over 9,000 schools nationwide in pursuit of profound systemic change. From classrooms to districts to state houses across America, they are reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, lead, thrive, and co-create a future filled with possibility. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Jihada Garrett


Herd Strategies