ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
Now More than Ever: Perspectives on Protest, Politics & Pandemics
Now more than ever we as multicultural educators must lead our communities in combating racism. The disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and lower income communities has exposed and exacerbated significant gaps in the quality of life among Americans. These inequities amplify the roles of educators in helping students succeed in the virtual learning environments necessitated by the pandemic and creating safe social-emotional support environments for students. Equal considerations for the ways institutions have addressed the safety, professional support, and well-being of faculty and staff must also inform the discourse. We cannot separate these gaps from a chilling political climate that has fostered racial division, criticized multicultural education, and attempted to diminish evidence-based approaches to addressing the cultural, social, environmental, and medical challenges of our time. The heightened national and global attention to state sanctioned violence toward black and brown bodies risks desensitizing the populace to police brutality, and normalizing the emotional and physical toll of protests.
Friday, March 5, 2021
9:00am - 9:30am EST
9:30am - 10:00am EST
10:00am - 4:00pm EST
Presentations, Interactive Workshops & Facilitated Conversations
4:00pm - 4:30pm EST
4:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Reflection Circle & Closing Remarks
Wilson College was founded in 1869 as a college for women, one of the first in the United States. For nearly 150 years, we’ve been proud to provide education and resources that respond to changing student needs. Today, Wilson admits men and women of all ages to enroll in its bachelor's and associate degree programs, as well as post-baccalaureate and graduate programs.
The mission of Wilson College is to empower students through an engaged, collaborative, liberal arts education that combines the skills and focused study needed for success in work and life. We are a close, supportive community that develops the mind and character of all students, preparing them to meet the challenges of a global society.
In keeping with the Wilson College mission as an independent liberal arts college, the Department of Teacher Education enhances those qualities that result from a liberal education by linking strong academic content with best educational theory, research, and practice.
In preparing successful candidates for Pennsylvania Pre-K-12 certification, our Department of Teacher Education faculty not only builds close communities of students through collaborative learning in small classes but also builds partnerships with school communities through collegial dialogue, staff development opportunities, and interactive field experiences. We provide thorough, individualized advising to accommodate the diverse needs of students from the undergraduate program (both bachelor's and associate's degrees) and the Teacher Intern Program. The Teacher Education program serves as a resource for both the college community and the community at large to model innovative educational practices that result in the highest standards of teaching.