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Duquesne’s Sizemore Conference to Focus on Racial Equality in Education

Educators and members of the Pittsburgh community will gather to discuss the topic of racial equality in education at the fourth annual Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore Summer Conference on Wednesday, May 29, and Thursday, May 30.

The symposium, hosted by Duquesne University's School of Education's Barbara A. Sizemore Urban Education Initiative, is designed to shed light on issues related to improving education for all students, particularly those in urban schools. Sizemore, for whom the conference is named, was an educator, researcher and administrator who sought to make a quality education equally accessible to all students regardless of their race, ethnicity or socioeconomic class.

This year's conference, which is expected to bring together more than 150 members of the Duquesne and Pittsburgh communities, will focus on the theme Education as a Practice of Freedom: Continuing the Legacy 150 Years After the Emancipation Proclamation. Featured events will include keynote presentations by educators and renowned experts, including:

  • Dr. Joy DeGruy, assistant professor, Portland State University and the president of JDP Inc.
  • Dr. Shaun Harper, associate professor, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Christine Sleeter, professor emerita, California State University Monterey Bay.

In addition to presentations, educational workshops will focus on topics that are more prevalent in the urban education setting, such as:

  • English As a Second Language
  • Centering Community-Based Literacy Practices for Social Justice
  • Igniting Reading Excitement Across the Curriculum for Grades 6-12
  • STEM Education and College Preparation
  • The Parent Voice: Breaking Down Communication Barriers Between Families and Schools in Providing Special Education Services.  

A general assembly workshop, Planning for the Future, will be facilitated by Dr. Rick McCown. A question-and-answer panel session with Drs. Harper, Sleeter and DeGruy will be held immediately after the workshop.

For more information on the conference, email Melissa Price at pricem@duq.edu.

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