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
Co-Chair of PittEd Justice Collective

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. Her research focuses 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
Co-Chair of PittEd Justice Collective 

T. Elon Dancy II is the executive 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. He explores questions related to sociohistorical contexts, masculinity formations, and students’ academic and social outcomes.

Courtney Ross headshotCourtney Ross
Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects
Staff Representative for PittEd Justice Collective

As Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects, Courtney Ross builds relevant and sustainable educational connections for Pitt Education, and establishes opportunities for growth through learning and dialogue around anti-racism, justice, and equity. As a Pitt alum and current part-time graduate student, Ross is focused on improving higher education and examining the student and staff experience through a critical lens.

Anneliese Martinez headshotAnneliese Martinez 

Anneliese Martinez is a director, facilitator, and organizer, working in learning innovation and social change. She has special field experience supporting the arts and creative learning, technology, digital fluency, media, and social justice. She is currently working with The University of Pittsburgh School of Education on the PittEd Justice Collective, CMU School of CS, Remake Learning, The Warhol Museum, and A+ Schools with the Pittsburgh Learning Collaborative.

Pitt School of Education Mission-Vision Statement

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.