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Academic Leaders, Scholars Address Issues in Urban Education

Researchers and leaders in educational leadership from across the country will gather at the Power Center to discuss a range of social justice issues at the Duquesne University Educational Leadership Symposium.

Helping City Kids Achieve and Urban Schools Succeed: Collaborations of Educational Leaders and Researchers With a Social Justice Lens will be held from May 25-27. It is hosted by Duquesne’s University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice. Dr. Arnetha Ball, Visiting Barbara A. Sizemore Distinguished Professor of Urban Education, will deliver the keynote address.

“We are thrilled to be joined by a stellar group of internationally renowned educational leadership scholars as well as regional educational and community leaders and members of the Pittsburgh Emerging Leadership Academy for the third annual Duquesne Educational Leadership Symposium,” said Dr. Jim Henderson, director of the UCEA Center at Duquesne. “This symposium extends our focus on educational leadership, social justice and urban education, and brings together key educational researchers and practitioners to—in the words of our center’s mission—advance equity and excellence for urban school students.”

A new component of the event is a pre-symposium conference titled Fostering Dialogue on Social Justice Discourse in Educational Leadership Settings: Doctoral Students’ Research and Praxis. Doctoral students engaged in social justice research and practice from Duquesne University and elsewhere will showcase their research on fast-breaking issues in social justice, demonstrate their leadership efforts centered on research and praxis in the social justice arena and build collaborative scholarly relationships through presentations and panel discussions.

Duquesne houses one of only nine UCEA centers in the world. The Duquesne center investigates the relationship between educational leadership and social justice, focusing on how educational leaders can be better prepared and equipped to deal with students who are marginalized, under-represented and underprivileged.

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