Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations is a series of collaborative discussions within the School of Education regarding race and culture in schools and society. Students, faculty and staff gather to discuss our roles as teachers, counselors, school psychologists, and educational leaders. 

Our aim is twofold:

  1. to provide a safe space to discuss race, culture, diversity, and inclusion both within the School of Education and beyond in schools, institutions of higher education, community agencies, and others who serve communities.
  2. to discuss our roles as educators, counselors, and leaders in making a positive impact in our communities and becoming true allies to our communities of color. 
July 8: Student Forum

This conversation was intended for students and was led by a panel of student moderators. Students brought questions and thoughts to this safe space, working to incorporate social justice and anti-racist practices in our individual, community and professional lives. Moderators included Paige Goodloe, Aiesha Lee, Shené Owens, and Unity Walker. 

June 18: Where do we go from here?

School of Education faculty, staff and students gathered for our second Courageous Conversation about race, equity and education following the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and others. The discussion focused on how we can sustain the momentum gained and continue social justice and anti-racist work in our individual, community and professional lives.

Our panelists included faculty members Dr. Natoya Haskins, Dr. Janise Parker, Dr. Leandra Parris, and Dr. Katherine Barko-Alva, joined by Ph.D. students Aiesha Lee and Unity Walker.


June 4: A courageous conversation

School of Education students gathered to discuss how we move forward as scholars and educators in the current climate. The conversation focused on support resources for students of color, the role of allyship, and actionable steps we can all take to support one another and create an inclusive culture characterized by equity and open dialogue.

Dr. Natoya Haskins, Dr. Janise Parker, Dr. Leandra Parris, Dr. Katherine Barko-Alva, and Dr. Kim Lee Hughes, president-elect of the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development, facilitated this courageous conversation. 

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Anti-Racism Resources and Support 

Support for Students of Color


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Talking about Race with Children