USEA Equity and Racial Justice Initiatives

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 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.

Summit on Equity and Racial Justice in STEM Teacher Development

The summit provides opportunities for diverse group of pre- and in-service teachers, higher education faculty and staff, and affiliated STEM education stakeholders to engage with issues related to equity and racial justice in STEM teacher development.

Participants discuss how to move from discussion to action by identifying and articulating actionable steps related to ERJ that they can implement nationally and in their local contexts.

Learn more about the summit.

Co-chairs of the summit committee:

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.


Sumudu Lewis, Clinical Associate Professor and Director, UTeach, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Mary Urquhart, Associate Professor, Department Head, and Director, UTeach Dallas, University of Texas at Dallas