PittEd Justice Collective

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Centering Equity and Justice in Education

The PittEd Justice Collective is a three-year working group at the School of Education that is engaged in anti-racist, justice-directed initiatives with students, staff, faculty, alumni, families, youth, and district and community partners.

By working together, we can collectively contribute to a future that is more equitable, engaging, well, and justice-directed. In this journey, we will continually explore how our nation's current moment of racial injustice and systemic oppression is situated within a history of struggle and survival and organizing and resistance. Contact us at PittEdJusticeCollective@pitt.edu


About the PittEd Justice Collective

We disrupt and transform inequitable educational structures.

The PittEd Justice Collective was created on June 1, 2020 by Dr. Valerie Kinloch, the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the Pitt School of Education, in response to the loss of Black lives through police brutality and other forms of institutional injustice (View Dean Kinloch's June 1 Desk of the Dean message).

In addition to engaging with external partners regionally, nationally, and globally, the Justice Collective works to situate equity and justice across all levels of our school's operations, culture, climate, and academic engagements.

Focus Areas:

  • Disseminate, discuss, and design interdisciplinary studies on equity, justice, and anti-racism
  • Host justice-focused "lunch and learns" and other equity, justice, and anti-racist events and programs
  • Collaborate with Pitt Education faculty and school districts on justice teaching, with an explicit focus on pedagogies, practices, and assessments
  • Design and propose a justice-defined scope of study for students in the Pitt School of Education
  • Collaborate with staff members at the Pitt School of Education on justice-based professional development opportunities
  • Initiate a Youth-for-Justice Dean’s Advisory Committee
  • Make recommendations for equity, justice, and anti-racism for public education, higher education, and society
  • Design a Justice Fellows program for faculty, staff, and students in the Pitt School of Education, as well as with community partners
  • Situate anti-racist practices at the center of our School of Education and as connected to our cultural drivers and strategic priorities

Leadership Team

We forge engaged partnerships. We collaborate. We learn with and from communities.

The Collective began as partnership between the Pitt Education Office of the Dean, the Center for Urban Education, and the school-wide Equity and Justice committee.

Dean Valerie Kinloch headshotValerie Kinloch, PhD
Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the Pitt School of Education

Dean Valerie Kinloch is committed to education, learning, equity, and engagement. She has dedicated herself to strengthening the school's commitments to urban education, equity and justice, diversity and inclusion, and community engagement, while also enhancing school culture and broadening alumni participation. A highly-respected educator and scholar, Kinloch’s areas of research focus on the literacies, languages, cultures, and community engagements of youth and adults, both inside and outside of schools.

Elon Dancy headshotElon Dancy, PhD
Director, Center for Urban Education
Helen S. Faison Endowed Chair 

T. Elon Dancy II is the director of the Center for Urban Education at the Pitt School of Education. As an education sociologist, he studies educational settings as sites for social identity development. His research focuses on access and equity in the educational pipeline as informed by race, gender, class, and other sociopolitical locations. His work explores questions related to sociohistorical contexts, masculinity formations, and how institutional praxis affects students’ academic and social outcomes.


White Co-Conspirators Groups

We advocate. We work for justice.

The PittEd Justice Collective will situate equity and justice within our School's internal operations, culture, climate, and academic engagements. As part of this effort, we will have several white Co-conspirators Groups led by white colleagues in our School (e.g. staff, students, and faculty). Groups will serve as forums for white people to further their learning about, and collaborations on, equity, justice, and antiracism, with the expectation that this work will lead to meaningful co-conspiring and activism.

The initial groups will be led by professors Amanda Godley and Linda DeAngelo and staff member Courtney Ross. 

Click here to complete a brief form and to indicate your interest. 


Upcoming Programs and Events

We commit to educational equity.

Virtual Series on Justice - Summer 2020

The PittEd Justice Collective has teamed up with Transform for Tomorrow to offer a three-part virtual series for superintendents and school leaders in K-16 education. The virtual series is presented in collaboration with the Grable Foundation, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, and Remake Learning.

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Part 1: Justice Learning and Leading
July 14, 2020 | 10:30-11:30am
Speakers: Dr. Lori Delale-O’Connor, Assistant Professor of Education at the School of Education; Mr. Dennis Henderson, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Manchester Academic Charter School; and Dr. Linda Lane, Former Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public School District
Moderator: Dr. Valerie Kinloch, Renée and Richard Goldman Dean 

Focused on anti-racist approaches to leading and learning; explores equity and justice strategies education leaders can use to support teachers, students, and families. 

Part 2: Justice Teaching in STEM
July 16, 2020 | 1-2pm
Speakers: Kari Kokka, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education in the School of Education; Michelle Cody, middle school mathematics teacher at Willie Brown Middle School in San Francisco, CA; and ReAnna S. Roby, Postdoctoral Scholar with a focus on Black girls and women in science education, maker spaces, and other settings at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College
Moderator: Dr. Valerie Kinloch, Renée and Richard Goldman Dean 

Focused on anti-racist approaches to teaching and will share perspectives of Social Justice Math and Science and STEM teacher activism.

Part 3: Justice Listening and Strategizing
July 21, 2020 | 10:30-11:30am
Speakers: TBA
Moderators: Dr. Valerie Kinloch, Renée and Richard Goldman Dean and Dr. Tyra Good, Assistant Professor in Education, Chatham University and Founder and Chief Academic consultant, GOOD Knowledge Connections, LLC

A conversation with high school and college students who will share stories about racism and educational inequities. 


Our School Mission-Vision Statement

We think. We dream. We lead with integrity.

The work of the PittEd Justice Collective is grounded in the mission-vision of the School of Education. The following statement encapsulates what we do, what we believe, and who we continually seek to become as members of the School community at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education.


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