[PAST EVENT] Becoming a Threat to Inequity: Why Educators Need Equity Literacy More Than Cultural Competence

November 10, 2016
6:30pm - 7:30pm
School of Education, Matoaka Woods Room
301 Monticello Ave
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location

Becoming a Threat to Inequity: Why Educators Need Equity Literacy More Than We Need Cultural Competence

?Culture? is generally considered one of the most underdeveloped concepts in the education and social science scholarship. Despite its vagueness, it has become the center of popular discourses on diversity and education. In this talk Gorski discusses how the ?culture? fetish leads us away from the more important goal of equity. He also offers a new framework, equity literacy, designed to ensure that our diversity efforts are driven first and foremost by a commitment to equity.

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Paul C. Gorski

Associate Professor, George Mason University 

Paul Gorski is an activist, author, and educator focusing on a wide range of social justice and human rights issues. His primary interests include poverty and economic justice, racial justice, queer justice, and animal rights. He is the founder of EdChange and has served two terms on the board of directors of the International Association for Intercultural Education. He has written more than 50 articles and written, co-written, or co-edited 10 books including Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap; Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education (with Seema Pothini), and Voices for Diversity and Social Justice (with Julie Landsman and Rosanna Salcedo). At Mason, Paul coordinates the School of Integrative Studies' Social Justice Minor and Social Justice and Human Rights concentration as well as a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights.

Presented by the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program at William & Mary with generous support from W&M School of Education and Arts & Sciences.


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