GSE is deeply committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and socially just community through a broad array of events, initiatives, and services. We seek to provide students, faculty, and staff with the awareness, knowledge, and skills to be effective and culturally competent teachers, counselors, librarians and information specialists, administrators, and leaders within their profession and the surrounding Buffalo community but we cannot do this work alone. We depend on alumni, friends, allies, community members, and corporate sponsors to further this work.
Contributions to the EDJI fund will sponsor guest speakers, workshops, consultants, professional development, and other programmatic initiatives, that promote diversity and inclusion and benefit the GSE community and beyond.
2020 has been an extremely difficult year. The twin effects of COVID-19 as well as the nationwide reckoning with systemic racism, specifically anti-Blackness, have provided a renewed focus and dedication to what matters most and what GSE’s priorities are and ought to be. As a Graduate School of Education, responding to COVID-19 and the effect it has had on educational access and equity as well as institutional injustice, which is all too prevalent in our schools, is absolutely critical to us and core to our mission.
Like many schools and colleges of education, GSE is thinking carefully, robustly, and comprehensively about our sustained response to social unrest. Our approach will be to attend to racism, inequality, educational injustice on multiple fronts – curricular, programmatic, policy, and community engagement.
These issues are vexing and could use all committed individuals to help in addressing them. If any of you would like to be involved in any of our efforts, please reach out to me.
I have established the GSE Equity, Diversity, Justice, and Inclusion (EDJI) fund. Contributions to the EDJI fund will sponsor guest speakers, workshops, consultants, professional development, and other programmatic initiatives, that promote diversity and inclusion and benefit the GSE community and beyond.
The work before us is some of the most important that any of us will ever do in our lives. As you are already aware, the quality of a students’ elementary and secondary educational experiences dramatically influences their physical health and their social and economic well-being and, combined, these directly impact the likelihood of reaching post-secondary education.
I believe it is morally incumbent upon each of us to do our individual and collective part in helping to address and dismantle both individual ideology and institutional structures that contribute to continued and persistent inequality in our schools and injustice within society at large.
I hope you will join me in these efforts.