Equity and Educational Advocacy: Fighting for Youth To/Who Matter
Encore Presentation from the 2021 Illinois CASA Virtual State Conference
In this interactive talk, Dr. Dunn explains the key features of equitable education, particularly for youth of color and from historically marginalized communities. Participants will engage in whole and small group discussions about what it means to advocate for educational equity in ways that amplify the voices of marginalized youth and how to collectively fight for them to matter in intersecting and often oppressive systems.
Dr. Alyssa Hadley Dunn is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. Her teaching and research focus on urban education and the sociocultural and political contexts of urban schools, especially issues of race, justice, and equity. She is a former high school English teacher and board member of ForeverFamily, Inc., a non-profit serving children of incarcerated parents. She is currently working on her third book, based on interviews with teachers around the country, about how educators make pedagogical decisions on "days after" major events, tragedies, and instances of injustice. As a public scholar, Dr. Dunn's work has been featured on CNN, NPR, and The Huffington Post. She is the recipient of many awards for her research, scholarship, and mentoring. She is also the mother of two white sons who she is committed to raising as co-conspirators in the fight for racial justice.