From Discussion to Action
Following the USEA statement on standing against racism, the USEA Equity and Racial Justice leadership group was formed and met throughout the fall of 2020 to establish goals and foci. Alumni, master teachers, faculty, and co-directors from 12 UTeach Programs serve on this leadership team. Four sub-committees have been established to move our work forward in the following areas:
Speaker series planning
This committee is working to identify and invite speakers to lead a series of virtual presentations on topics relevant to equity and racial justice in STEM education. The speaker series will begin in the fall of 2021 and continue in the spring of 2022. Presentations will be followed by Q&A or moderated panel discussions.
Jo Hamilton, USEA Manager
Will Dunn, Mathematics Teacher, UKanTeach alumnus
Summit on Equity and Racial Justice in STEM Teacher Development planning
This committee is working to design and implement a summit on equity and racial justice in STEM Teacher Development. The summit will be a day-long virtual event for UTeach programs, alumni, and other STEM education stakeholders held on June 21, 2021 in conjunction with the UTeach STEM Educators Conference. The summit will provide opportunities for stakeholders to share ideas, discuss issues related to equity and racial justice in STEM teacher development, and encourage UTeach programs and participants to identify actionable steps that they can take to strengthen their efforts beginning in the Fall 2021. This committee will work with the USEA board and UTeach Institute to plan programming and identify speakers, panelists, and presenters.
Abria Harris, District Math Specialist, FSU-Teach alumnus
Pat McGuire, USEA President, UCCSTeach Co-Director
Professional development opportunities for the network
This committee is working to identify and share relevant equity and racial justice PD opportunities with the network. In addition to identifying existing opportunities outside of the UTeach network, this committee may support the design and coordination of internal PD.
Steve Case, UKanTeach Co-Director Emeritus
La Keisha Leonard, Master Teacher and alumna, Teach North Texas
Equity and racial justice research and standards
This committee is working to create and/or curate a library of research and research-based resources and standards that address anti-racist practices and culturally responsive pedagogy in STEM education. This work will be the foundation on which the committee can build a framework to analyze and revise the UTeach curriculum to address equity and inclusion.
Meetings co-chair: Sumudu Lewis, UTeach UMass Lowell, Clinical Associate Professor & Director
Logistics co-chair: John McMahon, Mathematics Teacher, FSU-Teach alumnus
Materials and resources co-chair: David Sparks, Assistant Professor, UTeach Arlington