When Celebrating Diversity Isn’t Enough: The Need for Racial Literacy in Our Schools

Monday, November 13, 2017
4:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

About the Speakers

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

Professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Yolanda is former Research Associate with the NYU Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, and has worked for Business Week, The New York Times, and New York University in Marketing and Promotion positions. Her research interests include racial literacy development in urban teacher education (with a specific focus on the education of Black and Latino males), literacy practices of Black girls, and Black female college reentry students. 

Yolanda’s work has appeared in several top-tier academic journals. Yolanda is co-editor of three books including (with Chance W. Lewis and Ivory A. Toldson Teacher Education and Black Communities: Implications for Access, Equity, and Achievement (IAP). At Teachers College, she is founder and faculty sponsor of the Racial Literacy Roundtables Series where for eight years, national scholars, doctoral, and pre-service and in-service Master’s students, and young people facilitate informal conversations around race and other issues involving diversity and teacher education for the Teachers College / Columbia University community. She is also the co-founder of the Teachers College Civic Participation Project which concerns itself with the educational well-being of young people involved with the juvenile justice and foster care systems in New York.

Yolanda and two of her students appeared in Spike Lee’s “2 Fists Up: We Gon’ Be Alright” (2016), a documentary about the Black Lives Matter movement and the campus protests at Mizzou.

Dr. Sealey-Ruiz will join us for an informal lunch, which will be provided by TeachingWorks, from 12-1.  All you need to do is to RSVP here by Tuesday, November 7 and read one or both of the articles by Dr. Sealey-Ruiz. Information about articles will be shared by Simona Goldin one week before the lunch. As Dr. Sealey-Ruiz will be speaking from 4-6, she will not have any prepared remarks for this lunch event. Instead, she will join us for lunch and will engage in conversation and discussion with us, in consideration of our questions about her work.

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