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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education Virtual Mini-Conference

Organized by Idaho State College of Education Teaching and Educational Studies Department Faculty Members Dr. Shu-Yuan Lin and Dr. Esther Ntuli

Given the changing demographics in the United States and recent events that have drawn national attention to inequities in American society, it is critical for educators to be well-positioned to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in their classrooms. Specifically, Colleges of Education must equip and empower future teachers to create learning environments and school communities that are safe, caring, and inclusive communities so that all students can learn and thrive.

The College of Education at Idaho State University values diversity, believes in equity and inclusion, and supports the Pocatello community’s diversity mission statement with a resolution to create a welcoming and inclusive city through various community engagement and activities beyond serving in P-12 schools. The College is constantly looking for opportunities to enrich teacher candidates’ understanding and application of DEI strategies in the classroom. The goal of this mini-conference is to provide a focused, in-depth opportunity for in-service teachers and other professional educators to come together and share strategies with teacher candidates.

The faculty, staff, and students in the College of Education are committed to fostering a welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment. We are dedicated to preparing future teachers and school leaders who will promote equity and justice in their classrooms, schools, and greater community. This conference is an opportunity for all of us to explore critical issues surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion, to learn from one another, and to renew our commitment to being positive change agents in our community,” said the College of Education Dean Jean McGivney-Burelle.

This mini-conference is designed to have educators with lived experiences and professional expertise empower teacher candidates and the community with knowledge and strategies to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in schools that will help to achieve the Pocatello community’s diversity goals. Topics to be discussed include but are not limited to the following: Diversity is More than Gender and Race, Anti-Racism Education, and Transforming School Climate and Culture. View the Conference Program here.

Objectives

  1. Teacher candidates will be able to integrate cultural diversity in their teaching to promote student learning in P-12 learning environments.
  2. To appreciate cultural diversity on the ISU campus, Pocatello Community, and Larger Society. 
  3. To promote an inclusive and welcoming environment for all community members. 
  4. To provide a platform for ISU teacher candidates to share their concerns, challenges, and strategies about diversity in the classroom. 

EDLA 6630 MAT Teacher Candidates' Projects

Distance Learning: Academic Dishonesty

Does School Choice Promote Educational Equity?

Educational Divide Grows During Online Learning

Implicit Bias in Education

Remote Learning and the Equity Issues that Coincide

School-to-Prison Pipeline

Why are Students with Disabilities so Invisible in STEM?

CoE Faculty Projects

What Difference Does Difference Make? Preparing White Teachers for Diverse Class