Building an Inclusive Environment

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Building an Inclusive Environment
Book Club

Starting in 2019-2020 as a means to foster meaningful dialogue about the role of race and equality in the School of Education, the faculty and staff come together to read and discuss important texts engaging with deep considerations of social justice. All SOE faculty, staff and students are welcome and encouraged to join. Contact Deb Brown at [email protected] for a copy of the current semester's book and a Zoom link.

Spring 2020: We Want to do More Than Survive by Bettina Love

Fall 2020: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Spring 2021: How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibrahim X. Kendi

Fall 2021: Black Fatigue by Mary-Frances Winters

Spring 2022: Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope by bell hooks

Fall 2022: Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes and Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, Ann Hazzard, Jennifer Zivoin (Illustrator)

Spring 2023: From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education by Tia Brown McNair, Estela Mara Bensimon, Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux

Spring 2023 Book Club, All faculty, staff and students are welcome, a School of Education DEIJ initiative, From Equity Talk to Equity Walk, 2/17, 3/24, 4/21, 5/19, 1-2pm zoom
Reflecting Diversity in our Physical Spaces

The Freedom Dreaming for Educational Justice project begins from the premise that in order to change inequitable schooling systems, we must first imagine a better reality. With support from a UAlbany StAR grant, this public engagement project draws on the anti-racist scholarship of Bettina L. Love and concepts of freedom dreaming and the Black imaginary within the work of Robin D. G. Kelley. This project brings together K-12 educators, UAlbany students, authors, artists, faculty, K-12 students, and the broader community to create education freedom dreams to be exhibited in online and public spaces, as well as preserved in a living archive for ongoing research. Experience the online gallery >

Sharing freedom dreams for educational justice

An art exhibition reflects teacher and student quests for educational justice

What does equity in education look like? UAlbany exhibit featuring students, teachers explores topic

UAlbany's 'Freedom Dreaming' artwork selected for exhibition at Columbia Teachers College

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Task Force

The SOE Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Task Force was created in the summer of 2019 and is chaired by Dr. Tammy Ellis-Robinson, SOE director of equity and inclusion. This group meets monthly and includes faculty, staff and students from SOE as well as administrative leaders from throughout the university. Their charge is to develop and carry out activities that support the SOE equity and inclusion efforts.

Opening Listening Sessions

Town Hall: Equity and Social Justice in Education and Mental Health

  • 10/19/22, 1:15-2:15pm (CK 204 and Zoom), contact Deb Brown at [email protected] for the Zoom link
  • 2/23/23, 2:00-3:00pm (CK 204 and Zoom), contact Deb Brown at [email protected] for the Zoom link

Building a Beloved Community within the School of Education (student voices)

  • 11/16/22, 7:30-8:30pm (CK 204)
  • 4/12/23, 7:30-8:30pm (CK 204), join us for a YOGA session!
3, 2, 1 Coffee Hours

3, 2, 1 Coffee Hours gather students and faculty to informally chat over a cup of joe.  There is one on each floor of the Catskill Building (3, 2, 1) per semester and are co-sponsored by varying student groups in the SOE.

  • 12/8/22, 10am, 2nd Fl, CK 204, co-sponsored by Educational Psychology RGSO
  • 1/19/23, 10am, 3rd Fl, CK 370, co-sponsored by SEA Change, Flyer
  • 2/16/23, 10am, 1st Fl open lounge, co-sponsored by Literacy GSO, Flyer
  • 3/23/23, 10am, 2nd Fl, CK 204, co-sponsored by SASPA, Flyer