Teaching for Social Justice & Democracy Speaker Series

Discover ways you can integrate current social issues into your course to better engage your students and help them to develop their social, emotional and expressive capacities. The Teaching For Social Justice & Democracy Series focuses on instructional strategies that Georgia State University faculty have used to successfully incorporate social justice themes into various subject areas and the resulting positive student outcomes.
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Fall 2021 Series

Teaching for Social Justice with Ursula Thomas

PRIDE, Pronouns, Productive Conversations and Safe Spaces

Friday, October 29 | 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Online
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Join guest speaker Ursula Thomas as she discusses best practices educators can utilize for LGBTQ+ learners. This will be an in-depth discussion on creating more inclusive learning environments for LGBTQ+ learners and how to help them feel safe in their identities.

Dr. Ursula Thomas is currently the Associate Chair of Cultural and Behavioral Science-Online/Clarkston and Associate Professor of Education at Georgia State University-Perimeter College. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Thomas served as the Director of Field Experience and Assessment for Teacher Education at Perimeter College. She has written and presented extensively and has six (6) books published or in press and over 45 publications. Her most recent book is the Cases on Strategic Partnerships for Resilient Communities and Schools (2020). A former reading specialist at the district level, Dr. Thomas also serves as a consultant throughout the country advising districts on diversity, inclusion, teaching and curriculum development in public school settings. Dr. Thomas’s accreditation experience in early childhood programs and teacher education program development has garnered external funding for her institution and community engagement partners. She possesses national and international accreditation review leadership for National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and American Council on Education (ACE). She currently serves as a Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children (GAEYC) Leading for Equity Fellow (2021). Her research agenda includes diversity, social justice, culturally relevant pedagogy, cultural mediation, multicultural education, gender issues in curriculum and teaching, service learning, technology, and leadership.

Spring 2021 Series Recordings

A Framework for Social Justice and Civic Engagement in the Classroom

Congratulations to Dr. Owen Cantrell, 2021 co-recipient of CETLOE’s Teaching for Social Justice Award

Watch the video of his talk below.

Spring 2020 Series Recordings

The Politics of Mass Incarceration and the Zoukis Summer Institute

Congratulations to Dr. Toby Bolsen, 2020 recipient of CETLOE’s Teaching for Social Justice Award

Watch the video of his talk below.

Spring 2019 Series Recordings

Beyond Afrophobia with Dr. Joyce King and Dr. Valora Richardson

Empowering Students to Close the Social Justice Gap with Darcy Meals

Challenging  the Master Narrative: Teaching for Social Justice to Engage Students & Empower Future Leaders with Dr. Amani Marshall

Congratulations to Dr. Amani Marshall, recipient of CETLOE’s Teaching for Social Justice and Democracy Award.

Dr. Marshall, lecturer in Georgia State’s history department was recognized for his work redesigning his U.S. History survey course.

Dr. Marshall earned his bachelors degree from Florida A&M University and completed his doctorate at Indiana University. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia State, he taught at a wide range of institutions, including Indiana University, University of Delaware, Mount Holyoke College, Agnes Scott College, and the Cambridge School of Weston, a progressive, independent high school in Massachusetts.

 A dedicated educator, Dr. Marshall is committed to using historical studies to empower future leaders. He is particularly adept at tackling difficult topics in U.S. history and teaches a course on the subject for history education majors at Georgia State. He has presented faculty workshops on teaching Black Lives Matter and has been quoted on the topic in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Watch the video of his talk below.


Fall 2018 Series Recordings

Teaching a Terrible Past with Doug Blackmon

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Creating Community Conscious Digital Leadership at Georgia State University with Joel Mack

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Georgia State University Prison Education Project: The Transformational Social Impact of Teaching Incarcerated Populations with Marissa McNamara and Dr. Andy Rogers

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Spring 2018 Series Recordings

Transgender Identities and Inclusivity in College Classrooms with Jordan Forrest Miller

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Engaging Scholarship in a Predatory Environment with Dr. Maryemma Graham

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Protest, Power and Possibilities: Agitation Literacies of Black Muslim Girls with Dr. Gholdy Muhammad

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Fall 2017 Series Recordings

Education as an Experience of Freedom: African centered pedagogy and social justice with Dr. Makungu M. Akinyela

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The Pedagogical Value of Diversity with Dr Tanya Washington

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More than Music: Using Hip Hop to Discuss Social Justice with Dr. Lakeyta Bonnette and Stic Man

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Spring 2017 Series Recordings

Pedagogy for Racial-Social-Justice with Dr. Joyce King and Dr. Brian Williams

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Between Malcolm X and 9/11: Islam and Politics in Today’s Political Climate withDr. Abbas Barzegar 

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Fall 2016 Series Recordings

Black Lives Matter as a Pedagogy of Empowerment with Dr. Amani Marshall

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Student and Professor Positionality: Talking about Sensitive Racial Topics in a Racially Diverse Classroom with Dr. James Ainsworth

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Teaching Black Resistance: Looking Back So We Can Move Forward with Dr. Akinyela Umoja, Chair and Professor of African – American Studies

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Related Video

Learning in the Age of Social Media with Dr. Megan Boler

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More Resources

In addition to her talk, Dr. Boler prepared these teaching resources and links related to “pedagogies of discomfort” and controversial issues/events. If you’re interested in helping students engage with issues related to race, class, gender, religion, or other justice-related issues, check out these resources.