Building an Inclusive Environment

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Building an Inclusive Environment
One Read, One School of Education Community: Firekeeper's Daughter

In the 2023-24 academic year, join us for the inaugural One Read, One School of Education Community: Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley. This shared reading experience will bring us together and enrich our community as we read, discuss, find common threads, explore themes, and learn about the experiences of others. All members of the School of Education community are encouraged to participate. Across the year will will host discussions and incorporate the themes of the book into various courses and events.

Find the book at your local bookstore, a public or university library, online apps and resources or the Dean's Office lending library (email Kim [email protected] to reserve a copy).

Firekeeper's Daughter book cover by Angeline Boulley

Printable One Read flyer


Upcoming events

  • SOE Book Club Fall 2023: Fridays, 1 - 2 p.m. on Zoom, 9/15, 10/20, 11/17, 12/15. Contact Kim Smith [email protected] to sign up and receive the Zoom invite. Book Club flyer
  • Community Lecture: 11/13/23, noon - 1 p.m., Standish Room, UAlbany and the "Civilizing Mission": Indigenous Teacher Training, Colonialism, and UAlbany's Origins by Dr. Maeve Kane, associate professor in history. Community Lecture flyer
  • SOE 3, 2, 1 Coffee Hour: 11/16/23, 10 a.m., 1st Floor open lounge, co-sponsored by Educational Psychology RGSO
  • Virtual Author Visit with Angeline Boulley: 1/31/24, 4 - 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. This visit is the launch event for the edTrends Book Study below.  All are welcome to this event (do not have to be in the book study).
  • edTrends Spring Book Study: Wednesdays, 4 p.m. on Zoom, 2/28, 3/20, 4/24, 5/25
    Open to everyone!  Will include panel presentations and invited guests.
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 Kim Smith mailto:[email protected] for a copy of the current semester's book and a Zoom link.

  • Spring 2024: Punished for Dreaming: How School Reform Harms Black Children and How We Heal   by Bettina L. Love
  • Academic Year 2023-2024: see above section on the One Read, One School of Education Community: Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
  • 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
  • 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 2022: Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope by bell hooks
  • Fall 2021: Black Fatigue by Mary-Frances Winters
  • Spring 2021: How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibrahim X. Kendi
  • Fall 2020: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Spring 2020: We Want to do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom by Bettina Love
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/Climate Committee

Created in 2019, the SOE Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice/Climate Committee 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

  • 10/11/23, 12-1 p.m. (CK 204 and Zoom), contact Kim Smith at [email protected] for a Zoom link
  • 3/12/24, 12-1 p.m. (CK 204 and Zoom), contact Kim Smith at [email protected] for a Zoom link
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.

  • 9/14/23, 10 a.m., 3rd Fl, CK 370, co-sponsored by Advanced Literacy Student Organization (ALSO)
  • 10/19/23, 10 a.m., 2nd Fl, CK 204, co-sponsored by the Human Development Club
  • 11/16/23, 10 a.m., CK 1st Fl open lounge, co-sponsored by the Educational Psychology RGSO
  • 2/1/24, 10 a.m., 3rd Fl, CK 370, co-sponsored by SEAChange (EPL)
  • 3/7/24, 10 a.m., 2nd Fl, CK 204, co-sponsored by the Human Development Club
  • 4/4/24, 10 a.m., CK 1st Fl, 1st Fl open lounge, co-sponsored by SASPA (School Psychology)
SOE Talent Show

Discover the range of talent we have right in our own SOE community! Sing, dance, rap, play an instrument, make people laugh, lip sync, read poetry, sing a song in ASL, juggle, yodel, do a magic trick, spin a basketball, hula hoop, yo-yo, arrange flowers, speed paint, origami - think outside the box!  If sharing a talent is not for you, come and cheer on your peers and friends as they dazzle us all!  Please register either way - as a participant or as a guest.  Let’s get together and build community – it is a guaranteed good time!  Faculty, staff and students are welcome and encouraged to share in the fun.

Friday, March 8, 2024
7:30 p.m.
Campus Center West Multipurpose Room