Engaging with the Community

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Engaging with the Community
Annual Diversity Conference

Now in its 28th year, the Counseling Psychology annual Diversity Conference explores the diverse ways in which helping professionals across disciplines impact communities through action, research, and practice across local, national, and international contexts. Over the years it has explored intersectionality and advocacy, marginalized communities, creating a climate of inclusion, culturally conscious research and practice, building bridges, privilege, barrier awareness, social justice and multiculturalism, and invisible identities, among others.

The October 29, 2021 Diversity Conference focused on Restorative Justice: A Path to Healing.

Equity in Transition Summit

The Equity in Transition Summit sponsored by the Division of Special Education engages stakeholders representing multiple perspectives in a problem solving discussion of issues of intersectionality for people with disabilities as they enter adulthood. The October 4, 2021 summit focused on pilot and other innovative projects and research at various stages, designed to promote equity at the point of transition with particular focus on cultural awareness, combating deficit thinking, stereotype threat, and implicit bias. As always the summit focus will include the sharing of resources, knowledge, and perspective as we continue conversations in a network of partners to educate and advocate for holistic support and programming considering actionable collaborations.

Freedom Dreaming for Educational Justice

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.


The SOE Wednesday edTrends series (formerly known as Community Conversations) brings together local educators and mental health practitioners, as well as educators across the globe to explore leadership, equity, mindfulness, and remote teaching and learning with SOE faculty and experts in their fields.


The Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) has engaged educators and their schools in addressing challenges, embracing opportunities, and creating positive, lasting outcomes for students for more than 70 years. Ensuring every child has an equal chance for success requires understanding the unique challenges and barriers they may face and providing supports to help them overcome those barriers. Making sure students have what they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond is a priority for CASDA.


NYKids aims to inform educators and others about school performance in comparison to other schools in the state, inspire educators through case studies and other reports of promising practices in odds-beating schools, and improve schools through professional development in continuous improvement processes. Current research examines differential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education workforce.