The Interfaith Coalition for Public Education is hosting a community forum Wednesday evening to discuss volunteerism in schools. The coalition’s goal is to identify how schools can build community support across the area in order to attract more volunteers into tutoring and mentoring programs and other initiatives in Santa Fe Public Schools.

“We have a lot of nonprofits and volunteerism in Santa Fe that we are trying to bring under one tent,” coalition co-leader Judy Reinhartz said. “There’s a lot of talented people in Santa Fe and a lot of opportunity to be involved in our schools. We need to know how to tap into that talent.”

The forum, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Nye Early Childhood Center, includes a panel with state Public Education Secretary Karen Trujillo, and it will be moderated by Santa Fe New Mexican editorial page editor Inez Russell Gomez. It also features student, school administration, local business and nonprofit representatives.

“There is a big learning component here,” Reinhartz said. “We are trying to offer a wide spectrum of individuals from different levels of the education system to explain how we can best help.”

After the panel, the general discussion topic of volunteerism will be broken down into 12 more specific conversations on topics such as bilingualism, parent engagement, science education or private sector involvement.

The event is free and open to the public. Child care, a light supper and Spanish translation will be provided.