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Duquesne Educational Leadership Symposium to Focus on Social Justice through Education

Reflections and perceptions that can generate action and renewal through education will be the focus of the Duquesne University Educational Leadership Symposium (DELS), which will gather educators and academics in the University's Power Center from Monday, May 18, through Wednesday, May 20.

In light of the Black Lives Matter Movement, this year's DELS theme, Rivers of Justice, Bridges of Love, will examine ways to reclaim voices of innocence and foster renewal during the eighth annual event hosted by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice.

Making Pittsburgh and other cities livable for all-including minorities and other marginalized people-is a focus of this year's symposium, said Dr. Gretchen Generett, associate dean for graduate studies and research, and director of the UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice at Duquesne.

"We cannot afford to miss this critical moment in history where systemic disparities and inequities have produced a ground swelling of individuals and groups of people demanding that we do better than we are currently doing," Generett said.

"DELS is designed to bring together stakeholders from K-12 schools, the academy and the community," she said. "Together, we will participate in an experiential learning process whose purpose is to bridge the gap between education and justice."

The group will examine steps to spreading livability to those on the margins, incorporating an analysis of power structures.

The UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice at Duquesne, which is sponsored by the School of Education, is one of only eight centers of its kind in the world. It focuses on the relationship between educational leadership and social justice, and better preparing leaders to deal with those who are marginalized, under-represented and underserved.

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