Walla Walla University School of Education and Psychology
The Center for Educational Equity and Diversity (CEED) was established to increase research and improve practice on issues of diversity and equity in the Walla Walla University (WWU) School of Education and Psychology (SEP). It is a center founded to interact with the public, both on the WWU campus and the greater Walla Walla Valley community.
The Walla Walla University administration, faculty, and staff are firmly dedicated to principles of equity in action (Maynard-Reid, 2010). The belief that we are all God’s children, created in His image, gives inestimable value and worth to every individual, no matter their race, gender, cultural or social background, and inherent intellectual or physical abilities. Therefore, the WWU-SEP is committed to fostering the unique gifts of each individual and celebrates their diversity (Dunzweiler et al., 2016, p. 3).
EL Training for Future Student Teachers
Diana Erickson, a local dual language training consultant, conducted three one hour EL training sessions for the EDUC 450: Introduction to Student Teaching class in May, 2019. Twenty teacher candidates learned how to utilize research-based strategies to implement in their future classrooms. Teacher candidates expressed that these training sessions were especially helpful in providing examples and context for how to plan their instruction to engage English learners in their classrooms. Each training session was accompanied by a dinner.
Spring Equity Workshop: McERA
On Thursday, May 9, 2019 CEED hosted a workshop with members of the Multi-Cultural Education Rights Alliance (McERA) from Seattle, Washington. This workshop featured a panel of discussion members from multi-cultural backgrounds who work with students and teachers in the Seattle Public Schools, as well as a Walla Walla community member. Dawn Bennet, Juan Cordova, Cindy Sandino-Chang, and Kathy Mulkerin answered questions about creating equitable spaces in multi-cultural classrooms. The panel members' stories and experiences illustrated the impact of connecting with individuals, asking questions, and building an open space for community in schools and classrooms. Workshop attendees included educators from multiple schools in the Walla Walla Valley, Blue Mountain Action Council members, WWU faculty and staff, and WWU students.
A follow up question and answer session was held Friday morning at The Atlas coffee house to continue the conversation and dialogue with McERA on building community and taking equitable action. More than 15 educators, students, and community members attended.
Dawn Bennet to host PD Workshop in May
Dawn Bennett from the Multicultural Education Rights Alliance will be hosting CEED's Spring Equity Professional Development Workshop on May 9 from 4–6 p.m. This workshop will include stories from Dawn Bennett and guest educators from the Seattle on the role of diversity and equity in education. The event will be hosted in WEC 209 and is free for all to attend. RSVP at CEEDpd.eventbrite.com.
The Center for Educational Equity and Diversity (CEED) is preparing to launch its first research based, peer reviewed e-journal, diversus. The purpose of the journal shall be to disseminate scholarly work to an audience of educators with interest in the promotion of equity and diversity in educational settings. The audience will be hospitable to, but not limited to Christian educational settings, and would encourage articles that address the issue of diversity in the Pacific Northwest USA as well as the wider American and Christian community. A sampling of topics the journal might include are special education and inclusion in education, representation of women and ethnic minority groups in STEM fields, discrimination due to race, ethnicity, immigration status, sexuality, and access of underserved population groups to educational opportunities. Diversus is seeking research articles, research reviews, book reviews, and commentary by educators or others interested in educational equity and diversity. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday, October 22, 2018 CEED co-sponsored a training event with the WWU Student Teaching class. This event featured two guest speakers, Melissa Lopez and Helen Cantero, from Davis Elementary. Both Lopez and Cantero run bilingual buddy programs in their classrooms. At this training, students learned about effective ELL teaching strategies to implement in their classrooms, and also enjoyed a pizza dinner. A question and answer session followed.
In May, CEED hosted a workshop by Katie Kissinger, author of Anti-Bias in the Early Childhood Classroom: Hand in Hand, Step by Step. Over 60 participants attended the event, held in our School of Education and Psychology Curriculum Library. The event included group discussion and refreshments, along with Katie’s own engaging stories about her experience as an anti-bias educator. Katie’s stories illustrate the power of open dialogue and equitable practices in creating safe and welcoming classrooms. The passion Katie has for seeing the able-ness in all her students inspired the future and current educators in attendance.
CEED had the honor of hosting professional educator Erin Jones for a community event. In 2013, Jones was recognized at the White House as a "Champion of Change and in 2015 was Washington State PTA's "Outstanding Educator." During this thought-provoking event, Jones shared her life story and led an interactive workshop which taught strategies for increasing equity and diversity in education. The event was held on May 22, 2017 from 4–7 p.m. in the Winter Educational Complex, Room 209.
CEED sponsored the Society of Bioengineering and the Education Club in hosting a toy hack workshop where students modified toys to make them more accessible for children with disabilities. The event was held on Sunday, February 25, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm in the Project Lab on the 3rd floor of Kretschmar.
Fall quarter, CEED hosted a free movie event for the community. The film shown was Spare Parts, the inspirational true story of a down-and-out teacher and his students entering a NASA sponsored Lego robotics competition. Free pizza, hot drinks and desserts were provided.