Social Justice in Action

At the Morgridge College of Education, social justice is at the core of our community, academics, and student life. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion goes beyond theory. It is woven into the fabric of the College with a commitment to underserved populations in tangible, real-world ways. Whether it’s opening doors of opportunity, students blazing new trails of inclusive research, or faculty leading the nation-wide diversity conversation, Morgridge’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion makes an impact. Read on for examples of what inclusion in action looks like in our College.

Our Commitment to Stand Against Racism and Hate

The Morgridge College of Education stands against hate and racism. As a community of individuals committed to social justice we are dedicated to going beyond words to take action. Leaders across the College have worked collaboratively to continue existing efforts and to initiate new efforts to affect change within the College, the academy and the broader community.

Improving the Lives of Others

The goal of the Morgridge College of Education, simply put, is to improve the lives of others who have been marginalized because of race, ethnicity, culture, economic position, geography and ability. Increasingly complex societal issues such as the mental health crisis, educational achievement gaps and intergenerational poverty cannot be addressed effectively from one angle and call for new approaches to problem solving. Developing and scaling effective solutions to these challenges requires breaking down organizational and information silos in disciplines and systems and actively partnering with the people most affected by problems.

Understanding the Black experience in America: Be the change you want to see in the world

Dr. Tara Raines, an Assistant Professor in the Child, Family, and School Psychology program joined the Nova Southeastern University Florida’s Shark Chat Academic Forum, a weekly live interdisciplinary panel discussion. Learn more.

The 2019 Social Emotional Learning Summit
Morgridge hosts social emotional learning summit

Educators and community partners from across Denver convened at Morgridge College for the second annual 2019 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Summit. Led by Morgridge College department of Teaching and Learning Sciences and the Alumni Office, the SEL Summit is uniquely designed to gather educators (P-12 teachers, counselors, higher education faculty, administrators, social workers, therapists, MCE alumni, etc.) for the purpose of cross-professional education centered on social emotional learning. The summit fosters connections, resource exchanges, and provides information for a community of educators committed to collaboration around SEL integration. The day included whole group presentations, break-out sessions, and small-group discussions. Read more.

An All-Out Effort for Equity in Education

For many Keller Elementary students, class participation wasn’t even possible, much less convenient this spring. With outdated or no technology, with fleeting or no Wi-Fi access, they were locked out of the virtual classroom. Distressed by this finding and its ramifications, Alfredo and Molly Pargas, both doctoral students in Morgridge College’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program, decided to acquire the technology themselves. They took $1,000 of their coronavirus stimulus payment from the federal government and purchased Kindles for their students. Read more.

RMS student selected to participate in fireside chat with Black Lives Matter co-founder

Laurier Hampton is a first-year graduate student in the Morgridge College’s Library and Information Science program, specializing in Archives. Prior to moving to Denver in September of 2019, she lived in Baltimore City her entire life. She was raised in Northeast Baltimore in the 1990s and early 2000s in a supportive home but an underprivileged community. Her family was determined for her to excel in spite of her environment and the lackluster educational institution in Baltimore. Laurier attended Baltimore City’s only all-girl public high school, Western High School. Upon her completion at Western High School, she immediately entered Towson University to study Art and Design and graduated in 2010. During that time, she not only honed her skills as an oil painter and sculptor but she also gained a better understanding of the world outside of her own community. Read more.

Grad aims to cultivate understanding through counseling career

When Patricia Garcia receives her hard-earned master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the College, she’s poised to help and understand people all the better. Armed with her newly minted degree, Garcia plans to return to New Mexico to work with populations that face the same challenges she once confronted. Read more.

How will children with disabilities fare when school resumes in the fall?

Education leaders fear that many students have struggled with online classrooms and fallen behind in their learning. As a result, they expect the so-called “summer slide” —  the erosion of academic gains made over the prior year — to be far worse than usual and especially pronounced for children with disabilities. To better understand the education challenges likely to arise when classes resume in the fall, we turned to Jeanine Coleman, a clinical associate professor in Morgridge College. Along with a team of education experts, Coleman has worked to update important guidelines for education specialists offering their services online. Read more.

Dr. Cecilia Orphan co-leads real-time study on COVID-19 budget shocks to rural higher ed

Dr. Cecilia Orphan, an assistant professor in Morgridge College’s Higher Education Department, is co-leading a Joyce Foundation grant-funded study totaling $101,000 with the newly-launched Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges to identify how rural public higher education institutions are being impacted in real-time by COVID-19 budget shocks due to state funding cuts and rising costs associated with virus mitigation. Read more.

How serious Is the nationwide teacher shortage and why should we care?

According to research by the Economic Policy Institute, the teacher shortage “is real, large and growing, and worse than we thought.” If current trends persist, the nationwide shortfall of qualified teachers could reach 200,000 by 2025, up from 110,000 in 2018. In other words, it’s time to take it seriously. Karen Riley, dean of Morgridge College, fielded some questions about the shortage from the DU Newsroom. Read more.

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