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.

Co-chair:
Will Dunn, Mathematics Teacher, UKanTeach alumnus

Summit on Equity and Racial Justice in STEM Teacher Development

The summit, held in June 2021, provided opportunities for a 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. The summit concluded with a session for participants to discuss how to move from "discussion to action" by identifying and articulating actionable steps related to ERJ that they can take and implement in their local contexts. Planning is underway for a 2022 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.

Co-chairs:
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