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Education Equals Inclusion

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The College of Education faculty, staff and leaders are dedicated to the success of all of our students. We understand that to achieve success students need a variety of support throughout their academic careers in various aspects. 

As a college, we endorse professional development for faculty and staff focused on student retention, success, and the belief that education is fundamental to a democratic society. 

Each department and the College are hosting a series of programs and discussions around diversity, inclusion, and the celebration of difference. Programming includes guest lecturers, book studies, faculty learning communities, and workshops. 

See the list of events below. 

If you would like to sponsor an event or have questions regarding an event, please contact your department chair. 

Events are open to faculty and staff across campus unless noted otherwise. 


Brennan & Smith Lecture Series

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Dr. Russell is nationally known for his scholarship and outreach efforts focusing on issues of diversity in higher education, graduate student socialization, and developing models for outreach efforts to improve the wellness of traditionally under-served populations. Dr. Russell has served as Director of Student Development in the College of Education and Presidential Fellow. 

Thursday, January 18, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Education Building, Room 4061

The Department of Health & Human Performance is pleased to announce that Dr. Jared Russell (Auburn University) will be presenting several sessions on promoting diversity and inclusion in graduate and undergraduate programs.

All Program Coordinators in the College of Education are invited for lunch followed by Dr. Russell's talk on "how to" design, implement, and sustain the innovative Summer Scholars Program he developed at Auburn University.

Dr. Russell will also be dialoguing with faculty in the Department of Health and Human Performance on Friday morning (January 19th) addressing the issues of diversity within our academic disciplines.


Book Talk by Dr. Aurora Chang

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Wednesday, February 21, 2017

6:00 PM

Flowers Hall, Room 230

The Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction are happy to host Dr. Aurora Chang as she discusses her book: The Struggles of Identity, Education and Agency in the Lives of Undocumented Students. 

Chang's presentation argues that undocumented students' quest to achieve academically simultaneously cultivates an empowering self-identity while forcing them to involuntarily perform the role of infallible non-citizen citizen. Her book weaves together two distinct and powerfully related sources of knowledge: (1) her journey/transition from a once undocumented immigrant from Guatemala to a hyperdocumented academic, and (2) five years of ongoing national research on the identity, education and agency of undocumented college students (Chang, 2014, 2015, 2016). 


Race and Education with Dr. Rich Milner

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Dr. Rich Milner is the Helen Faison Endowed Chair of Urban Education, Professor of Education, and by courtesy Professor of Sociology, Professor of Social Work, and Professor of Africana Studies as well as Director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Milner's work has appeared in numerous journals and he has published six books, including Start Where You Are But don't Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today's Classrooms (2010) and Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools (2015). Dr. Milner currently serves as the Series Editor of the Harvard Education Press Series on Race and Education and Editor-in-chief of Urban Education.

Thursday, April 5, 2018


The Department of Curriculum & Instruction is honored to host Dr. Rich Milner as he discusses Race and Education in a series of events on Thursday, April 5th. 

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM–COE Faculty Lunch | ED, Room 3081
All COE faculty are invited. Lunch will be provided to all who attend. This faculty lunch will offer the opportunity for faculty members to interact with Dr. Rich Milner informally. 

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM–Faculty Round-Table Session | ED, Room 3081
All COE faculty are invited. This session will include a prepared talk that provides ideas on how faculty members might address issues of race in their education courses. This session will also include discussion points from Dr. Milner's book, Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools as well as various activities, discussion topics, and a question and answer period.

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Keynote Address | LBJSC Teaching Theater, 4-16.1
Dr. Milner's keynote address that will focus on issues of race, culture, and equity in schools and classrooms, to be followed by a 30-minute question and answer period. The keynote address will be open to the public to include students, staff, faculty, and community members.