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Rising to Our Responsibility: A Forum for School Leaders to Address Racial Violence and Anti-Blackness in Michigan Schools

June 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

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Protests calling for revolution in the wake of George Floyd’s brutal murder in Minneapolis at the hands of police have awakened in many school leaders a renewed sense of responsibility to lead discussions about systemic racism and racial injustice in our schools.

Join faculty in MSU’s College of Education who teach about and research these topics in an opportunity to learn more about the historical origins of these protests as well as steps school leaders must take to continue conversations about the current climate in their own schools.


Featured speakers:

  • Terah Venzant Chambers, professor of K-12 educational administration and the associate dean for equity and inclusion. Her research interests include post-Brown K-12 education policy and urban education leadership. Specifically, she is interested in the ways within-school segregative policies influence African American students’ academic achievement and school engagement, as well as the price of school success for high-achieving students of color (racial opportunity cost). She has been an associate editor for several journals and currently serves on the editorial boards of AERJ, JRLE, and Urban Education. She has previously served as a Congressional Fellow with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) with placements in the Office of Rep. Diane E. Watson (retired) and the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Dorinda Carter Andrews, chairperson for the Department of Teacher Education. She is also a professor of race, culture, and equity. Her research is broadly focused on racial justice and educational equity. She examines issues of racial justice in P-12 learning contexts and on college campuses, urban teacher preparation and identity development, and critical race praxis with K-12 educators. Her scholarship examines these issues by illuminating voices of youth and adults who have been historically and traditionally marginalized in schools and society. Carter Andrews is a 2019 co-recipient of the Division G Outstanding Mentoring Award from the American Educational Research Association. She is also co-editor of the Journal of Teacher Education. She has given two TEDx talks, “The Consciousness Gap in Education” and “Teach Kids to be Eagles.” Her work has been published in several top-tier academic journals and media outlets.
  • Alyssa Hadley Dunn, assistant professor of teacher education. A former high school English teacher, she now researches urban education and the sociocultural and political contexts of urban schools, with a focus on issues of race, justice, and equity. She is currently working on her third book, based on interviews with teachers around the country, about how educators make pedagogical decisions on “days after” major events, tragedies, or instances of injustice. As a public scholar, Dr. Dunn’s work has been featured on The Huffington Post, CNN, and National Public Radio, as well as education blogs and podcasts. She is also Senior Associate Editor of the journal Multicultural Perspectives and mother of two young children.
  • Jada Phelps-Moultrie, assistant professor of K-12 educational administration in the College of Education at Michigan State University. Her scholarship includes family engagement, culturally responsive leadership and equity in education. She takes an intersectional approach to exploring families and communities and their educational pursuits, extending to online education. She often examines the intersection of race and racism with other forms of oppression. In that aim, she includes how leaders support or detract family/community pursuits. Currently, her work includes how African refugee families support the education of their children in xenophobic climates. She has served on several national research organizations, including the Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA) and the Graduate Student Council for the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). Jada was also a NCAA Division-I All-American and an Olympic Trial Qualifier in Track and Field. She desires to serve student-athletes at MSU.