2021 Inaugural Antiracism Colloquium

Greetings, SOE.

The dije Office and the Race and Justice Institute invite you to participate in the Inaugural Antiracism Colloquium. The antiracism colloquium goal is to support the building of critical literacies of race and settler colonialism to support research and teaching centered on educational justice. 

This year, Dr. Leigh Patel, Associate Dean of Equity and Justice and Professor of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, will do a 1-week virtual residency that will be bookend with student recipients of our Anti-Racism Min-grants. 

Leigh Patel is an interdisciplinary writer, educator, and public intellectual. Drawing from several disciplinary traditions, Dr. Patel’s work focuses on the ways that formal education too often acts as an efficient conduit for oppression and the constant potential for education to be a tool for liberation. She has published widely, in academic outlets as well widely accessed sources including NPR, The Feminist Wire, Racialicious, and Beacon Broadside. Professor Patel is a proud board member of Education for Liberation, a national network that is dedicated to leadership by people of color for educational freedom. She is the author of five books, including the award-winning Youth Held at the Border: Immigration and the Politics of Inclusion, Decolonizing Educational Research: From Ownership to Answerability. Her forthcoming book from Beacon Press is titled: No study without struggle: Confronting settler colonialism in higher education. Prior to working in the academy, Dr. Patel was a middle school language arts teacher, a reading specialist, and a state-level policymaker. Her walk-on song is “Can I kick it” by a Tribe Called Quest.

There will be multiple opportunities to connect. 


Monday, May 10, 2021 - 12:00 PM -- 1:30 PM

Keynote Address (90 mins): “Learning as Marronage: Provocations about learning from freedom struggles.”

Open to the SOE and UM communities

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

First 2-hour student discussion space (must apply to participate. Students also must participate in the pre-conference peer-led discussion groups taking place on May 3rd and May 5th). 

  • In this space, Dr. Patel will meet with doctoral students to continue conversations centered around the work of decolonizing research and teaching, settler colonialism. Students must apply to participate in this experience. Please click here to complete a short application. Time: TBD

2 hr. faculty-only discussion space (must register to participate). 

  • During this session, faculty will have an opportunity to engage in a deeper discussion around the issue of settler colonialism and its implications for research and teaching. Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

 Thursday, May 13, 2021  

Second 2-hr. Student discussion space (must apply to participate. Students also must participate in the pre-conference peer-led discussion groups taking place on May 3rd and May 5th). Time: TBD

2 hr. Faculty project workspace

  • In this space, select faculty working groups will have the opportunity to workshop current or future antiracist or decolonial projects in conversation with Dr. Leigh Patel. To be considered for this opportunity, please click here to complete a short application. Time 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Friday, May 14, 2021

Dr. Patel’s visit will be bookend by a midpoint update from our antiracist mini-Grant awardees and other student presentations. 

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