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Transforming schools into safe, loving spaces where all children grow and thrive was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision half a century ago. Join UB's Graduate School of Education in continuing his legacy and remaking our education system so that it is founded in justice, equal opportunity and unconditional love: a “Beloved Community.”

UB's Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Terri N. Watson, PhD, will share her scholarship and vision for the future by organizing Creating the  “Beloved Community,” a spring symposium open to UB students, faculty, staff, alumni, the Buffalo community and other interested educators. The keynote speakers' presentations and breakout session topics connect to her own research findings and passion: In order for schools to become safe, loving spaces so that all children may grow, educational institutions must be transformed into “beloved communities,” a philosophy rooted, in part, in the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Let's come together to think deeply about transforming schools grounded in the 5 Cs:

CARE | COURAGE | CRITICAL REFLECTION | COMMITMENT | COMMUNITY

Featured Keynote Speakers

Christopher Emdin, PhD.

Christopher Emdin, PhD

Associate Professor of Science Education at Teachers College and Director of Science Education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education at Columbia University

"CARE"

Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Success

Dr. Christopher Emdin is an award-winning author of “Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation” and the New York Times Bestseller, “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood and the Rest of Y’all Too.” Dr. Emdin is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as associate director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education.

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@ChrisEmdin on Instagram and Twitter

Hashtags to Follow
#HipHopEd

Noliwe Rooks, PhD.

Noliwe Rooks, PhD

The W.E.B. Du Bois Professor, Director of the American Studies Program and Professor of Africana Studies at Cornell University

"COURAGE"

When Warriors Cry: Education, Integration and the Color of Love

Dr. Noliwe Rooks is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research on race, racism, inequality, education and gender connects to scholarship from legal studies, media studies, sociology, political science and history. She is the author of four books, editor of four collections, and a writer whose research and writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME magazine, and media outlets, such as Democracy Now and NPR programs.

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noliwerooks.com

Wendy Luttrell, PhD.

Wendy Luttrell, PhD

Professor of Urban Education, Critical Psychology and Sociology, and Executive Officer of the Urban Education PhD Program at The City University of New York Graduate Center

"COMMUNITY"

Children Framing Childhoods: Working-Class Kids' Vision of Care

Dr. Wendy Luttrell is a professor of Urban Education, Critical Psychology and Sociology and the executive officer of the Urban Education PhD Program at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her research examines how urban American schooling shapes and reinforces beliefs about gender, race, class, identity, knowledge and power, with a focus in how systems of inequality get internalized, especially by learners who have been marginalized, excluded or stigmatized.

Shannon Waite, EdD.

Shannon R. Waite, EdD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Fordham University and Member of the Panel for Educational Policy for New York City's Department of Education

"CRITICAL REFLECTION"

Disrupting Dysconciousness: Confronting Anti-Blackness in Education

Dr. Shannon Waite researches diversity recruitment and pipeline programs, culturally responsive school leadership, critical consciousness in educational leaders and examining hyper-segregation and its connection to the school-to-prison pipeline. She served as co-principal investigator and principal investigator on the NYC Men Teach Research Team. Currently, she is the co-principal investigator on the Promoting Relevance, Access, Culture and Equity—or R.A.C.E.—Professional Learning Community at Fordham University.

David Kirkland, PhD/JD.

David E. Kirkland, PhD/JD

Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at New York University, Vice Dean for The Office of Equity, Belonging, and Community Action and Executive Director of The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and The Transformation of Schools

"COMMITMENT"

Committing to Justice: Advancing Culturally Responsive - Sustaining Education in the Midst of Pandemics

Dr. David E. Kirkland is an activist and educator, cultural critic and author, and a leading national scholar and advocate for educational justice. While Kirkland’s work has always centered on equity and culturally responsive-sustaining education, his most recent work with the NYU Metro Center has focused on instruction that is responsive to the social, cultural and emotional needs of students during the unique challenges of remote learning.

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@davidekirkland on Twitter

Terri N. Watson, PhD.

Terri N. Watson, PhD

2020-2021 Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University at Buffalo and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at The City University of New York

"COMMUNITY"

Panel Discussion

Dr. Terri N. Watson's research examines effective school leadership to improve the educational outcomes and life chances of historically excluded and underserved children and families. Her books include “Educational Leadership and Music: Lessons for Tomorrow’s School Leaders,” and “Racially and Ethnically Diverse Women Leading Education: A World View,” which she wrote and coedited with Anthony H. Normore. She also contributed to “Whiteucation: Privilege, Power, and Prejudice in School and Society.” Her scholarship can also be found in: the “Journal of the Center for Policy Analysis & Research,” “Urban Education,” the “Journal of Negro Education,” the “Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership,” the “School Community Journal,” and “Leadership and Policy in Schools.”

Dr. Terri N. Watson's research examines effective school leadership and is aimed to improve the educational outcomes and life chances of historically excluded and underserved children and families. Watson’s scholarship can be found in the following journals and books: the Journal of the Center for Policy Analysis & Research (Inaugural Edition), Urban Education, The Journal of Negro Education, the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, The School Community Journal, Leadership and Policy in Schools, and in the books, Whiteucation: Privilege, Power, and Prejudice in School and Society (Routledge), Racially and Ethnically Diverse Women Leading Education: A World View (Emerald Publishing), and Educational Leadership and Music: Lessons for Tomorrow’s School Leaders (Information Age Publishing).

Symposium Breakout Sessions

After the keynote speakers present, breakout session discussion groups will be open to UB students from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education.

Event Schedule

    Monday, March 15
9 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome - Dr. Suzanne Rosenblith, GSE dean
9:15 – 10:30 a.m. "Care" Dr. Christopher Emdin
10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m Breakout Sessions
1 – 2:30 p.m. "Courage" Dr. Noliwe Rooks
2:45 – 4 p.m. Breakout Sessions
4:15 – 5 p.m. "Community" Dr. Wendy Luttrell
    Tuesday, March 16
9 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome - Dr. Maura Belliveau, CDI director
9:15 – 10:30 a.m. "Critical Reflection" Dr. Shannon R. Waite
10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m Breakout Sessions
1 – 2:30 p.m. "Commitment" Dr. David E. Kirkland
2:45 – 4 p.m. Breakout Sessions
4:15 – 5:50 p.m. "Community" Panel Discussion, Dr. Terri N. Watson
5:50 – 6 p.m. Closing Remarks
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