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Eriksson COE Diversity Initiatives

Antiracist Statement: The Austin Peay State University (APSU) Eriksson College of Education is committed to anti-racist, anti-bias (ABAR) initiatives in each of our teaching and learning programs. We are committed to examining and disrupting/dismantling the history, biases, and exclusionary practices that hinder the integrity, dignity, and inclusion of all students.  We prioritize learning opportunities focused on culturally and racially diverse backgrounds that promote respect, empathy, equity, and ethical learning within each course. We will take action toward these commitments by: 

  • Using inclusive, people-first language;
  • Discovering ways to be(come) activist and abolitionist educators;
  • Calling others in when we encounter bias/racism; 
  • Engaging in professional development and reflection to increase our own knowledge;
  • Recognizing and privileging the voices and work of Black, Indigenous, and other educators/researchers of color;
  • Supporting students and partners in developing their own capacity in ABAR work;
  • Purposefully and intentionally seeking out learning and unlearning opportunities

 

Diversity Initiatives – phase one

  • COE Alumni and Student Webinar - “Hiring & Retention of Diverse Faculty K-12”
  • Research
    • Interviews with diverse students on perspective
    • Panel of Diverse Leaders on (Dr. Roz Evans, Kevin Stacey, and Dr. Diarese George)
  • Hiring
  • Retention
  • Mentoring
  • Revision of Key Assessments
  • Revisit standards (grad and undergrad)
  • New course creation for Early Childhood
  • Curriculum map revisions
    • TN Literacy policy of 2021
    • Includes trauma-informed practices
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Align assessments, standards, and dispositions to ABAR work
  • Find research opportunities – running LiveText reports to collect data


  • Multicultural Classroom – virtual PD sessions (4)
    • Follow-up book study of workbook
    • Apply what we learn in the PD to our teaching
  • Explore conference opportunities and faculty-led workshops for students
  • A fair or speaker event for students to get involved in PDs
  • Faculty lead workshops
  • Learning alongside students and modeling

  • Continue Residency program
    • AAPN Cohorts = 30% Diverse
    • Continue new cohort each year
  • Pipeline for Ed.D.
  • Work with admissions for department-level recruitment plans?
  • TESOL Meetings
  • Retention
    • How difficult it is to navigate systems
    • Track retention by demographic groups
    • Annual registration?
    • Early warning systems
  • Grants
  • Partner with groups on campus

College of Education Diversity Initiative Events

Date

Event

Time

Location

Jan 24th, 2022 Diversity Council Meeting – open to all 11:15 a.m. (1hr) Claxton Bldg., room 216
Jan 27th, 2022 Multicultural Classroom – virtual PD 4:00 p.m. (1hr) Zoom
Feb 24th, 2022 Multicultural Classroom – virtual PD 4:00 p.m. (1hr) Zoom
Feb 28th, 2022 Diversity Council Meeting – open to all 11:15 a.m. (1hr) Claxton Bldg., room 216
Mar 24th, 2022 Multicultural Classroom – virtual PD 4:00 p.m. (1hr) Zoom
Mar 28th, 2022 Diversity Council Meeting – open to all 11:15 a.m. (1hr) Claxton Bldg., room 216
April 25th, 2022 Diversity Council Meeting – open to all 11:15 a.m. (1hr) Claxton Bldg., room 216
April 28th, 2022 Multicultural Classroom – virtual PD 4:00 p.m. (1hr) Zoom