Education is not up for debate.

By: Rebecca Nicole Laming

Tune in Wednesday for the second Citizen Verizon Assembly, featuring advocates and business leaders dedicated to dismantling inequities in education.

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On Wednesday, September 23, Verizon will host the second Citizen Verizon Assembly, Education is Not Up for Debate. This timely and critical discussion will cover remote learning, education inequities and mental health, as Verizon continues to convene activists and change-makers to chart a new way forward to build a more equitable future.

The hour-long virtual event will include keynotes and conversations with leaders from around the globe, including mental health activist Catie Cole, actress, producer and change agent Yara Shahidi, and actress, entrepreneur and activist Gabrielle Union, among others.

After introductions from Yara and remarks from our Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, Rose Stuckey Kirk, the event will open with a debate moderated by award-winning TV journalist Soledad O'Brien. Focusing on how we can build a public education system for the future, participants include:

  • Anthony Jack, author and Assistant Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Michelle Udall, a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representative
  • Jordan Shapiro, Assistant Professor at Temple University

Soledad O'Brien will also moderate a mental health fireside chat to discuss the best ways to cope with the new normal in education, featuring:

  • Catie Cole, co-founder of The Mental Health Coalition and creator of "How Are You Really?"
  • Gabrielle Union, actress, entrepreneur and activist
  • Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, President and Medical Director of the Child Mind Institute

Live-streamed on Yahoo Life, Yahoo Home and @Verizon on Twitter, make sure to tune in on September 23 at 6 PM ET/3 PM PT.

Standing up for students.

Verizon has a long history of supporting education and we have supercharged our efforts this year by:

  • Tripling data plans from 10GB to 30GB a month for students and teachers in Verizon Innovative Learning schools

  • Expanding the Verizon Innovative Learning program to include high schools for the first time

  • Creating digital resources to help with distance learning available to parents and teachers across the nation

  • Providing over 38 million students in 40 states and DC with connectivity for distance learning

These enhanced commitments are part of Citizen Verizon, our plan for improving the world through economic, environmental and social advancement. Through Citizen Verizon, we will provide 10 million young people with digital access and skills training to thrive in a modern economy.

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