Programs & Events

The PittEd Justice Collective creates and supports signature programs and initiatives that center equity and justice in education. In addition, the collective hosts events throughout the year that are open to the broader community. 

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Signature Programs

Black Knowledge Traditions for Global Educational Transformation: Multi-Institutional, Collectivist Approaches

Black Knowledge Traditions for Global Educational Transformation: Multi-Institutional, Collectivist Approaches

This proposed new initiative will re-center Black knowledge traditions within schools and communities by focusing on collectivist, multi-institutional approaches to racial equity and justice in education. Central to our approach is reimagining and realigning the structures of education (including teaching, teacher education, and engagement) through Black knowledge traditions, which necessarily requires a shift away from an individual toward a collective focus on teaching and learning for racial equity and for freedom. From art to poetry, literature, and music to cultural traditions, geographic and place-specific practices, and historical understandings of Black knowledge traditions, we seek to focus on educational strategies and programs that have positively impacted the academic and non-academic engagements of children, youth, and families in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Columbus, Ohio, and in Accra, Ghana, West Africa.

White Co-Conspirator Groups

White Co-Conspirator Groups

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.

View Resources Guide for White Co-Conspirators (PDF) - Open to all, the resources guide includes a reading list, podcasts, films/videos, and articles

Higher Education and Racism Initiative (H.E.A.R.)

Higher Education and Racism Initiative (H.E.A.R.)

The H.E.A.R. initiative provides graduate students within the Pitt School of Education and across the University of Pittsburgh the opportunity to create and publish their own scholarly research. This initiative will investigate both individual and institutional anti-racism in colleges and universities, with the goal of developing research and teaching strategies that will create and sustain a pipeline of justice-minded activists, researchers, educators, practitioners, and policymakers. Our inaugural endeavor is to create a training institute that will interrogate anti-racism statements from colleges and universities from across the United States.

Sponsored by the PittEd Justice Collective, the effort is led by Dr. T. Elon Dancy in his role as Associate Dean for Equity and Justice and is offered in partnership with Professor Juan Battle from the City University of New York.  

Upcoming Events

2021 School-wide Mental and Emotional Wellness Workshop Series

2021 School-wide Mental and Emotional Wellness Workshop Series

Open to all students, faculty, and staff, the online workshop series is aimed at improving the mental and emotional wellness of our school community. It is co-sponsored with our PittEd Justice Collective. 

Workshop Dates

  • March 1, 2021 - Managing Your Pandemic Anxiety
  • April 12, 2021 - The Invisible Injury: Understanding the Impact of Complex Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • September 30, 2021 - When Helping Hurts: Understanding the Impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress and Compassion Fatigue
  • October 4, 2021 - I Can't Keep Calm: Strategies for Regulating Intense Emotions
  • November 8, 2021 - Beyond the Blues: Understanding Depression in African Americans

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Cultivating Genius Within Black Children (September 29, 2021)

Cultivating Genius Within Black Children
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
4 p.m. ET
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Join the P.R.I.D.E. Program of the School of Education's Office of Child Development for a thought-provoking conversation focused on Cultivating Genius Within Black Children. Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, author of Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy, will deliver the keynote address. The event is co-sponsored by the PittEd Justice Collective and is part of the P.R.I.D.E. Speaker Series.

Past Events

The PittEd Justice Collective maintains an archive of past events that are meant to be an ongoing resource for educators and students. 

2021 From Freedom to Liberation: Educational Leadership Series

2021 From Freedom to Liberation: Educational Leadership Series
Sponsors: Sabina Vaught, Professor and Inaugural Chair of the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leading (TLL); T. Elon Dancy, II, Helen S. Faison Chair in Urban Education and Executive Director of the Center for Urban Education; Tom Akiva; Associate Professor and Director of the Doctor of Education Program; and the TLL Department

This educational leadership speaker series engaged participants in thinking through some of the ongoing, complex conditions that school, district, and organization leaders encounter and to situate those in the current global uprisings and movements for racial justice.

Session Topics: 

  • February 18, 2021 - Black Radicals Make For Bad Citizens: Undoing the myth of the School-to-Prison Pipeline (Featuring Damien Sojoyner)

  • March 4, 2021 - Mothers and U.S. Conquest-Colonial School Subjects: Boricua Womxn Resisting (Featuring Melissa Colón)

  • March 11, 2021 - Anti-subordination Leadership (Featuring Jeremiah Chin)

  • April 8, 2021 - Autodeterminason di linguajen na komunidadis negra: Mo ki skolas ta dikoloniza ses komunikason? Language self-determination in Black communities: How do schools decolonize their communication? (Featuring Silas Otniel Rodrigues Pinto)

  • April 29, 2021 - Report out: Lessons from Kevin Kumashiro’s “Leading for Social Justice” workshop (Featuring Michelle Sobolak and Sheila Conway)

2021 Black History Month Film Series

2021 Black History Month Film Series
The PittEd Justice Collective, in collaboration with the Pitt Library System, was proud to present the Black History Month Virtual Film Series. This asynchronous event will provide the Pitt community with free streaming access to films about Black life, love, joy, struggle, and history. Each week, there will be an opportunity to discuss the film in an hour-long facilitated session. 

  • I am Not Your Negro
    Facilitated Session with Medina Jackson, MSW, Director of Engagement - P.R.I.D.E. Program 
    February 11 | 2:30-3:30pm

  • Moonlight
    Facilitated Session with Dr. Darren Whitfield, Assistant Professor at the University of School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry and Direct Practice Chair
    February 18 | 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
    Facilitated Session with Arif Jamal, Africana Studies Specialist at the Pitt Library System
    February 22 | 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Daughters of the Dust
    Facilitated Session with Dr. Tamara Butler, Associate Professor at Michigan State and Director of the Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston and Dr. Patricia Williams Lessane, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Morgan State and editor of Teaching Daughters of the Dust as a Womanist Film and the Black Arts Aesthetic of Filmmaker Julie Dash (2020) and the former director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture.
    February 26 | 1 - 2 p.m.
From Linguistic Racism to Linguistic Justice and Liberation: Black Language, Literacy, and Learning

From Linguistic Racism to Linguistic Justice and Liberation: Black Language, Literacy, and Learning 
Tuesday September 1, 2020

Featuring Dr. Aisha White, who is the Director of P.R.I.D.E.; Dr. April Baker-Bell, who is Associate Professor of Language, Literacy, and English Education in the Departments of English and African American and African Studies at Michigan State University; and Dr. Valerie Kinloch, who is Dean of the Pitt School of Education. Dr. White will serve as the moderator. This session is sponsored by the Office of Child Development’s P.R.I.D.E. program (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education), the Office of Child Development, the Pittsburgh Study, and the PittEd Justice Collective

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Equity, Antiracism, and Remote Teaching and Learning Strategies

Equity, Antiracism, and Remote Teaching and Learning Strategies
August 13, 2020

Featuring Dr. Tinukwa Boulder, Director of Innovative Technologies and Online Learning, and Associate Professor of Practice in the Pitt School of Education; Dr. Detra Price-Dennis, Associate Professor of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University; Dr. Sharon Ross, Assistant Professor in Health and Human Development in the Pitt School of Education; and Dr. Cassie Quigley, Associate Professor of Science Education in the Pitt School of Education. Dean Valerie Kinloch will serve as moderator.

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Virtual Summer Series on Justice - July 2020

Virtual Summer Series on Justice - July 2020
July 14, 16, 20, 2020
The PittEd Justice Collective 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 was presented in collaboration with the Grable Foundation, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, and Remake Learning.

View Part 1: Justice Learning and Leading >>
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  Moderated by Dr. Valerie Kinloch, Renée and Richard Goldman Dean 

View Part Two: Justice Teaching in STEM >>
Speakers: Dr. 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 Dr. 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. Moderated by Dr. Valerie Kinloch, Renée and Richard Goldman Dean.

View Part Three: Justice Listening and Strategizing
Speakers: High school students. Moderated by 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