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Social Justice Academy Professional Development Series – Previous Sessions

Fall 2023 Series

Building and Practicing Racial Literacy: Moving from Theory to Practice

Featuring Our Fall Distinguished Speaker, Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Ph.D.

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Ph.D.

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Ph.D., is a professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a sought after speaker on race and educational equity issues. She is author of numerous academic articles, co-editor of four books, and co-author of the multiple award-winning book Advancing Racial Literacies in Teacher Education: Activism for Equity in Digital Spaces, where she examines her concept of Archeology of Self™ in education. At Teachers College, she is founder of the Racial Literacy Roundtables Series where for 15 years, national scholars, teachers, and students facilitate conversations around race and other issues involving diversity. Yolanda has appeared in several documentaries including Spike Lee’s 2 Fists Up: We Gon’ Be Alright (2016), a documentary about the Black Lives Matter movement and the campus protests at Mizzou. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Love from the Vortex & Other Poems was published in March 2020. Her sophomore book of poetry, The Peace Chronicles, was published in July, 2021.

Spring 2023 Series

Disrupting Educational Inequities: Managing Roadblocks to Social Justice & Anti-Racist Practices in the Classroom

Featuring Educator and Activist Alfred “Shivy” Brooks

Keon N. Berry, M.S.Ed.
Educational Leadership P-12 Doctoral Student
Graduate Assistant, Social Justice Academy
Director of Parent Services, Quality Care for Children

Fall 2022 Series

A Conversation with Dr. Bernice King on Building the Beloved Community

Nicole Pulliam, Ph.D., and Vernon Smith, Ph.D.

Spring 2022 Virtual Series

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Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EST

Dr. Bettina Love
Moderator: Birgit Mondesir, Brookdale Community College

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Disrupting Educational (In)equities: A Critical Race-Gendered Approach

Tuesday, March 29, 2022
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EST

Dr. Dolores Delgado Bernal
Moderator: Vanessa Bernal ’19M, Princeton Middle School

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From Surviving to Thriving: Creating Equitable
Environments Through Emotional Intelligence
& Culturally Relevant Practices

Tuesday, April 19, 2022
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EST

Dr. Dena Simmons
Moderator: Yessika Garcia-Guzman, Ocean County College

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Fall 2021 Events

Demystifying Critical Race Theory in Schools: Let’s Talk Law & Policy

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Robert Kim, J.D.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Robert (Bob) Kim is a writer, consultant, and leading expert on education law and policy in the United States. A former civil rights attorney, his most recent book is Elevating Equity and Justice: Ten U.S. Supreme Court Cases Every Teacher Should Know (Heinemann, 2020). He is also the co-author of Education and the Law, 5thed. and Legal Issues in Education: Rights and Responsibilities in U.S. Public Schools Today (West Academic Publishing, 2019 & 2017). His column, “Under the Law,” appears monthly in Phi Delta Kappan, a professional journal for educators.

From 2011 through 2016, Mr. Kim served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, which enforces federal civil rights laws in K-12 and postsecondary institutions nationwide. Between 2017 and 2021, he was the William T. Grant Distinguished Fellow at Rutgers University, where he taught education law and conducted research on school finance and education equity in U.S. public schools, and investigated incidents related to Title IX and other forms of harassment and discrimination for the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Language, Culture, and Teaching: What Do Educators Need to Know to be Prepared for Today’s Students, Classrooms, and Schools?

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Dr. Sonia Nieto

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

A member of the National Academy of Education, Sonia Nieto is Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture, College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her teaching has spanned early elementary through doctoral education and her research has focused on multicultural education, teacher education, literacy, and the education of students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, with a special emphasis on Latin@ students.

She is the author of dozens of journal articles and book chapters and has written or edited 13 books, including a memoir, Brooklyn Dreams: My Life in Public Education (Harvard Education Press, 2015), and a co-authored book with her daughter Alicia López, an award-winning classroom teacher and part-time instructor at Mount Holyoke College, Teaching, a Life’s Work: A Mother-Daughter Dialogue (Teachers College Press, 2019).

Combating Racial Injustice Through Education

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Nikole Hannah-Jones

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Nikole Hannah-Jones is the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the 1619 Project and a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine. She has spent her career investigating racial inequality and injustice, and her reporting has earned her the MacArthur Fellowship, known as the Genius grant, a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards and the National Magazine Award three times. Hannah-Jones also earned the John Chancellor Award for Distinguished Journalism and was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. In 2020 she was inducted into the Society of American Historians and in 2021, into the North Carolina Media Hall of Fame.

Combating Racial Injustice Through Education: K-12 Call to Action

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Ijeoma Oluo

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Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

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Jamilah Pitts