Equity Spotlight Podcast Series
 
Advancing educational equity requires the persistence and passion of individuals committed to ensuring all students have access to and participate in high quality learning opportunities. The Center recognizes and salutes these individuals as equity champions. Check out our Equity Spotlight Podcast where we feature individuals who are doing great work to realize equity in education in the region.

EPISODE 8: Within The Intersection: What Does It Mean to Be Black and A Young Woman in Mathematics Classrooms?
Dr. Crystal Morton 
 
Dr. Crystal Morton, an Equity Fellow for the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center, discusses what it means to be a Black girl in today's mathematics classroom. This discussion around the experiences of Black girls and mathematics can help inform how educators can create more equitable mathematics learning opportunities for Black girls.
 
Host: Dr. Daniella Ann Cook, Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Crystal Morton, Equity Fellow for the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center
Released: June 27, 2017
Duration: 18:41 Minutes
 

EPISODE 7: The Future of School Desegregation in St. Louis, Missouri: Lessons Learned From the Voluntary Inter-District Desegregation Program
David Glaser 
 
Dr. Sarah Diem, an Equity Fellow for the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center, discusses the history, progress, and future of the Voluntary Inter-district Choice Corporation (VICC) desegregation efforts in the St. Louis metropolitan area with David Glaser, the Chief Executive Officer of the VICC.
 
Host: Sarah Diem, PhD
Guest Speaker: David Glaser, Chief Executive Officer of the Voluntary Inter-district Choice Corporation
Released: June 5, 2017
Duration: 46:21 Minutes
 

EPISODE 6: Centering Equity in Supporting Muslim Students Part 3 - Considerations and Practices Toward Religious Diversity
Muhammad Khalifa, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Minnesota
 
In the final installation of this three-part series on effectively and equitably supporting Muslim students, Dr. Khalifa explores the religious and racial identity intersections of Muslim students, and the pressures of assimilation and/or conformity to dominant norms in schools. Dr. Khalifa also discusses the role educators have with engaging in advocacy work, and developing authentic partnerships with the broader school community.
 
Host: Nickie Coomer, MEd
Released: December 28, 2016
Duration: 14:22 Minutes

EPISODE 5: Centering Equity in Supporting Muslim Students Part 2 - Addressing Intersectionality: Surfacing the Complexities of Muslim Students
Muhammad Khalifa, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Minnesota
 
In part two of this three-part series on effectively and equitably supporting Muslim students, Dr. Khalifa surfaces the importance of grounding equity work for Muslims by developing and cultivating an appreciation and understanding of the diverse and varied lived experiences Muslim students bring to the classroom. Dr. Khalifa also outlines specific ways that educators can be responsive to the needs of Muslim students in thier school communities.
 
Host: Nickie Coomer, MEd
Released: December 5, 2016
Duration: 19:18 Minutes

EPISODE 4: Centering Equity in Supporting Muslim Students Part 1 - The Killing of Knowledge: A Brief History of Islam in the Western Society
Muhammad Khalifa, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Minnesota
 
Kicking off the first of a three-part series on effectively and equitably supporting Muslim students, Dr. Khalifa offers a critical historical analysis of the religious oppression of Muslim peoples. He surfaces how, with a greater understanding of historical oppression and religious persecution of Islam, educators can better understand and disrupt school practices that create unsafe learning environments for Muslim students. Further, Dr. Khalifa discusses how educators can use this information to reflect upon their own assumptions and biases about religious stereotyping and discrimination.
 
Host: Nickie Coomer, MEd
Released: September 29, 2016
Duration: 13:03 Minutes

EPISODE 3: Centering Equity in Supporting American Indian Students through Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Practices
Brian Jackson
President
Wisconsin Indian Education Association
 
In this episode, Mr. Brian Jackson, a member of the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, speaks openly about issues that affect American Indian communities and the education of American Indian students. He discusses ways school systems can center equity in educational practices with American Indian students, including some examples of experiential learning rooted in Native history and addressing mascot logos in public schools.
 
Host: Nickie Coomer, MEd
Released: May 09, 2016
Duration: 28:10 Minutes

EPISODE 2: Supporting LGBTQ Students by Creating Safe, Inclusive, and Responsive Learning Environments
Mollie Blackburn, PhD
Professor, Sexuality Studies
Ohio State University
 
Listen in as Dr. Blackburn talks about specific actions educators can take to ensure that Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) students feel safe and supported in school communities. In this episode, Dr. Blackburn shares challenges LGBTQ youth face in school, explains the importance confronting heteronormativity and discusses how actions at the policy-making and administrative levels can support equitable practices for LGBTQ students. Lastly, Dr. Blackburn describes ways educators can be allies to LGBTQ students in their school communities.
 
Host: Gayle Cosby, MA
Released: March 07, 2016 
Duration: 16:33 Minutes

EPISODE 1: What does it mean to center equity in educator effectiveness?
Seena Skelton, PhD
Project Director
Great Lakes Equtiy Center
 
 
Great Lakes Equtiy Center's Director kicks off our new Equity Spotlight podcast series by discussing what it means to center equity in conversations about educator effectiveness.
 
Host: Gayle Cosby, MA
Released: December 15, 2015
Duration: 14:16 Minutes