The Race and Social Justice Institute is a three-day program for incoming and returning PhD students in the Combined Program in Educational Psychology, the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, the Joint Program in English and Education, and the Educational Studies program. The goal of the institute is to engage students to gain a deeper understanding of how race, racism, and racialization appears in our society through a U.S. educational lens.
The most recent institute was held in the Summer 2019, before the start of the academic school year, and it combined elements of previous educational studies programs. Although a new effort, the institute developed an interactive series of lectures and sessions facilitated by faculty from the Marsal Family School of Education and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA), as well as talks given by early-career scholars who study issues of race.
According to monét cooper, participant and doctoral student in the Joint Program in English and Education, “this space was one that really centered garnering your seat at the table, but also the importance of using the power of community, critical thinking, and anti-racist practices to build our own tables, be they in academia, in writing and publishing, in how we build relationships, engage in research, and live our lives.”
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The Marsal Family School of Education is proud to be a leader in the campus-wide initiative promoting Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. Adding "Justice" to these values underscores the role of educators in the creation of just societies. Through research, public scholarship, community building, and the preparation of education practitioners and policymakers, we articulate and advance our dije agenda.