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Equity & Advocacy

The Equity and Advocacy Committee

Who We Are

The purpose of this committee is to explore and utilize research and practices for integration of equity and advocacy.  The committee addresses and supports the Hunter College School of Education’s commitment to diversity as expressed in its Vision Statement and Conceptual Framework. The committee is driven to create a school climate that is inclusive and responsive to the assets of all learners with a wide range of backgrounds, cultures, languages, gender and sexuality identifications, abilities, and prior knowledge and lived experiences. As such this committee plans and creates institutional structures and educational experiences for our Hunter communities and stakeholders so as to deconstruct and dismantle bias and stereotypes in order to build and foster more inclusive environments both within our Hunter College School of Education and with our community partners.

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Feature Presentations

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | 4:30-7:00pm
Urban Word: Poetry and Pedagogy
Eighth Floor Faculty Dining Room in the Hunter West Building

Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 | 4:00-7:00pm
Advocacy in Action | Keynote with Sonia Nieto
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College 47-49 East 65th Street 

4:00 Introduction & Welcome
4:30 Keynote with Sonia Nieto
5:30 Roundtable discussions 

Brown Bag Book Talks

In preparation for our keynote event with Sonia Nieto on January 16, we will be reading Finding Joy in Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds: Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Practices in U.S. Classrooms. Please bring your book and your lunch and come prepared to discuss her text with members of our Hunter School of Education community. 

October 10, 2017: 11:30-1pm
Focus: Chapters 1-5 | Location: Hunter East 1220

November 29, 2017: 11:30-1pm
Focus: Chapters 6-11 | Location: Hunter East 1203 

Critical Cafe Conversations

All members of our Hunter School of Education communities are invited to attend these sessions. We welcome students, faculty, instructors, staff, and cooperating teachers, counselors, and administrators. Please join us for coffee and tea and small round table conversations around infusing issues of diversity, equity, and advocacy into our classrooms and schools.

Tuesday, October 17 | 5:00-6:30pm
Introduction to Critical Cafe Conversations
Location: Hunter West Small Cafeteria
Facilitators: Melissa Boronkas, Kristen L. Hodnett, Jennifer Klein, Xuchilt Perez, Lacey Peters, Jody Polleck, and Jennifer F. Samson
Focus Questions: “Where and how does equity and advocacy intersect with our conversations and interactions in schools? What does it mean to be critical and culturally responsive, relevant, and sustaining? In what ways can we weave our students’ identities and communities into our school environments?”

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 5:00-6:30pm
Creating Inclusive and Safe School Cultures
Location: Hunter West Small Cafeteria
Facilitators: Melissa Boronkas and Elizabethe Payne
Focus Question: “In what ways can we create school cultures that are inclusive and safe for students?”

Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 5:00-6:30pm
Critical and Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Classroom Environments
Location: Hunter West Small Cafeteria
Facilitator: Jody Polleck
Focus Question: “In what ways can teachers, counselors, and administrators work to make classrooms more critical and culturally responsive and sustaining for our students?”  

Please RSVP here for all events: Equity and Advocacy Events

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