Diversity Seminar Series: Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings: “Interest Convergence”

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

4:00 PM

6:00 PM

Stone Center, Hitchcock Multipurpose Room

In partnership with the Equity and Student Success Seminar Series, Diversity & Inclusion brings to campus Dr Gloria Ladson-Billings to address using Interest Convergence to make cultural shifts in student success. Her lecture will be the third in a three-part conversation on infusing tenets of Critical Race Theory into educational practice. The seminar will provide space for participants to ask questions, learn strategies and resources to advance cultural shifts, and, understand ways in which structural disparities are created and maintained within the higher education enterprise.

Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education and is faculty affiliate in the Departments of Educational Policy Studies and Afro American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was the 2005–2006 president of the American Educational Research Association. Ladson-Billings’ research examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students. She also investigates Critical Race Theory applications to education. Ladson-Billings is the author of the critically acclaimed books The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children, Crossing over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms, and Beyond the Big House: African American Educators on Teacher Education. She is editor of five other books and author of more than 90 journal articles and book chapters. She is the former editor of the American Educational Research Journal and a member of several editorial boards. Her work has won numerous scholarly awards, including the H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, Spencer Post-doctoral Fellowship, and the Palmer O. Johnson outstanding research award. She is the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Service Award from Teachers College, Columbia University.

About the Equity and Student Success Seminar Series: Funded by Carolina Seminars, this seminar series provides a theory-based mechanism for recognizing, counteracting and mitigating racism across our University and in doing so, attempts to address timely and relevant issues pertinent to our University’s mission and goals. All members of the university community are encouraged to attend, participate, connect, and work together. More information.

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is an epistemological and methodological framework designed to reveal and challenge power and oppression dynamics between racialized groups (Harper, 2009; Lynn & Dixson, 2013). CRT can provide insight about how racism serves to maintain and reinforce educational policies, practices, and access to resources and opportunities. Increasing awareness of systemic racial inequities creates opportunity for people to engage in socially conscious action and decision-making within higher education (Ladson-Billings, 1998; Patton, 2015; Robbins & Quaye, 2014).

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