Education Deans for Justice and Equity (EDJE) Steering Committee has a new member

Honored to join the Education Deans for Justice and Equity (EDJE) Steering Committee. A nationwide alliance that aims to speak and act collectively regarding current policies, reforms, and public debates in order to advance equity and justice in education

I discussed here in an earlier post about the organization that truly believe that our deans and other academic leaders can translate their community-engaged, community-relevant work that they have undertaken as researchers and teachers into higher education leadership roles. I am seeking to do that on a daily basis in my role as dean at the University of Kentucky College of Education.

More about EDJE:

Mission Statement

Education Deans for Justice and Equity (EDJE) is a nationwide alliance of education deans that advances equity and justice in education by speaking and acting collectively and in solidarity with communities regarding policies, reform proposals, and public debates.

Guiding Principles

  • We believe public education is a basic human right and an essential cornerstone of a democratic society.
  • We believe in the importance of taking action to resist policies and practices of discrimination and exclusion.
  • We believe in protecting and advocating for the well-being and dignity of all children, families, and communities.
  • We believe that the structures of poverty and inequality, which have a profound impact on educational attainment, must be dismantled.
  • We believe schools and colleges of education have a moral responsibility to listen to and learn from communities that have not been well-served by public education.
  • We believe that this national network of deans and other educators will influence, inform, and challenge policies, reform proposals, public debates, and social movements.

There is much work to do in higher education, and no doubt, there will be more challenges ahead, but I am convinced that we will refuse to allow adversity to stop us from pressing forward and making an unmistakable and lasting impact for students and families.

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