Brittany Moore, left, manager of Alliance Engagement, introduces panel members, from left, Fresno County Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Smith, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, First 5 Fresno County Director Emilia Reyes, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Jim Yovino and Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, during the Fresno 2015 GradNation community summit at Fresno State on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015.
Brittany Moore, left, manager of Alliance Engagement, introduces panel members, from left, Fresno County Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Smith, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, First 5 Fresno County Director Emilia Reyes, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Jim Yovino and Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, during the Fresno 2015 GradNation community summit at Fresno State on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. CRAIG KOHLRUSS ckohlruss@fresnobee.com
Brittany Moore, left, manager of Alliance Engagement, introduces panel members, from left, Fresno County Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Smith, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, First 5 Fresno County Director Emilia Reyes, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Jim Yovino and Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, during the Fresno 2015 GradNation community summit at Fresno State on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. CRAIG KOHLRUSS ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

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    Jeff Copeland is one of only two black teachers at Sequoia Middle School in Fresno Unified.“You want to get people that are really passionate about kids, no matter what they look like. But it’d be great if they were people of color,” says Copeland, a Fresno State graduate.