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Equity work at forefront of 2018-19 research lecture series

September 5, 2018

This year’s visiting faculty include experts on race, math teaching and tapletop gaming

The 2018-19 Scholars of Color Research Lecture Series kicks off at USC Rossier this September. Going into its third year, the series features faculty of color from across the country whose work focuses on equity, diversity, opportunity and access. All lectures take place on the University Park Campus, and when possible, lectures are recorded and made available online after each event.

Here are this year’s speakers:


Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez
Vanderbilt University
Sept. 13, noon in Dauterive LL-101
Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez is the associate dean of graduate education and an associate professor of literacy instruction at Peabody College. Her research focuses on advancing students’ language and reading comprehension outcomes, including those of students from Spanish-speaking, low-income homes. The studies she is engaged in build on her earlier research in reading development and focus on the central role of supporting students’ language comprehension to mitigate later reading comprehension difficulties. She is a 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, a 2013 Hellman Fellow, and, most recently, a 2017 English Language Learners Policy Fellow.


Stella Flores
New York University
Thursday, Dec. 6, 3 p.m. in Waite Phillips Hall 403
Stella Flores is an associate dean for faculty development and diversity and an associate professor of higher education at New York University. She also serves as director of access and equity for the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy. Flores employs quantitative methods to examine large-scale databases, grades K through 20, to investigate the effects of state and federal policies on college access and completion rates for low-income and underrepresented populations. She currently serves as a member of the Committee on Developing Indicators of Educational Equity from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.


Rochelle Gutiérrez
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Thursday, January 17, noon in Dauterive LL-101
Rochelle Gutiérrez is a professor of curriculum and instruction at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her scholarship focuses on equity issues in mathematics education, paying particular attention to how race, class and language affect teaching and learning. Through in-depth analyses of effective teaching/learning communities and longitudinal studies of developing and practicing teachers, her work challenges deficit views of students who are Latinx, Black and/or Indigenous and suggests that mathematics teachers need to be prepared with much more than just content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, or knowledge of diverse students if they are going to be successful.


Antero Garcia
Stanford University
Wednesday, Jan. 30, noon in Dauterive LL-101
Antero Garcia is an assistant professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. He studies how technology and gaming shape youth learning, literacy practices and civic identities. Prior to completing his Ph.D., Antero was an English teacher at a public high school in South Central Los Angeles. His two most recent research studies explore learning and literacies in tabletop roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons, and how participatory culture shifts classroom relationships and instruction.


Bettina Love
University of Georgia
Thursday, Feb. 21, noon in Dauterive LL-101
Bettina Love is an award-winning author and associate professor of educational theory and practice at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate hip-hop music and culture to form social, cultural and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and intersectional social justice. Her research also focuses on how teachers and schools working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged, anti-racist, anti-homophobic and anti-sexist educational, equitable classrooms.


Janelle Scott
University of California, Berkeley
Wednesday, April 24, time and location TBD
Janelle Scott is an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research explores the relationship between education, policy, and equality of opportunity, and centers on three related policy strands: the racial politics of public education, the politics of school choice, marketization and privatization, and the role of elite and community-based advocacy in shaping public education.

The 2017-2018 Research/Equity Series is sponsored by the USC Rossier Research Office. Any questions can be addressed to Assistant Dean for Research Deborah Karpman at dkarpman@rossier.usc.edu.

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