Creating an Academic Environment for Equity, Social Justice and Social Change

By Harriette Richard, Iris L. Outlaw, Sheila V. Baldwin and Barbara Lofton.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Four presenters from different institutions with different educational mandates will share their similar methodologies to transform students, faculty, and staff to become active participants of social justice and change.

Keywords: Race, Equity, Class, Social Justice, Social Change

International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 8, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 857.299KB).

Dr. Harriette Richard

Harriette Richard, Ph.D. received her doctorate from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas. She has been teaching for over 24 years in urban and rural settings at small colleges and large universities. She received a Fulbright Scholarship to South Africa during the summer of 2001. She co-authored a book chapter in the American Psychological Association’s publication, entitled Teaching gender and multicultural awareness. A sampling of professional presentations includes: innovative teaching strategies, technology in the classroom, cultural competencies, faculty issues, Blacks in higher education and mentorship. Current research centers on diversity, faculty and issues. Dr. Richard's leadership roles in National and International professional organizations include: the Executive Board - Association of Blacks in Higher Education, Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee - Board member of the Association of Black Psychologists, Executive Board member of the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) - Chair of the Committee for Equality of Professional Opportunity (CEPO). She is currently Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology at Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC.

Iris L. Outlaw

Iris Outlaw has been the director of Multicultural Student Programs and Services at the University of Notre Dame for fifteen years. In this capacity, Ms. Outlaw has conducted diversity workshops for national and international conferences, leadership training seminars and school systems. Ms. Outlaw also teaches the Cultural Diversity Seminar and co-teaches the Practicum on Diversity Education course at the University of Notre Dame. Ms. Outlaw received her BA from Indiana University and MSA from the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Sheila V. Baldwin

Sheila V. Baldwin, Ed.D., is a professor of English at Columbia College Chicago, where she has taught a wide range of courses on race, gender, and cultural studies. Her research and publications center on: African American literature and film, diversity issues in higher education, organizational change, and the educational policies of access and equity for disenfranchised students. She has established several school-college-community collaborations for at-risk and gifted students. Dr. Baldwin has presented at a number of national and international conferences and has participated in educational programs including Oxford University (England). She is an active member on several boards on the regional and national level including the American Association of Higher Education Black Caucus; and currently serves as the Vice President of Programs for the Association of Blacks in Higher Education.

Barbara Lofton

Barbara A. Lofton, Ed. D. received her doctorate from Grambling State University in Developmental Education with an emphasis in Higher Education. She has been involved in higher education for more than fifteen years at both minority and majority institutions. Her experiences have involved both faculty and administrative positions and developing K-12 partnerships with higher education institutions, career awareness programs for high school students, developing and providing support services for undergraduate, master’s and doctoral level students, working with administrators to develop and administer retention and navigational strategies, and to create a diverse environment that promotes equality in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. She has been involved with curriculum design, evaluation and restructuring in response to current academic trends and accreditation standards at the department and college levels. Dr. Lofton is the Director of Diversity Programs for the Sam M. Walton College of Business and holds graduate faculty status in the College of Education and Health Professions. Under her directions, the Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP) in the Walton College has received national recognition. Ernst and Young Accounting Firm adopted ACAP in the Walton College of Business as a national model program. Additionally, she has developed programs in technology, Technology Awareness Program (TAP) and most recently a financial literacy program for African American and Hispanic students, Girls/Guys And Money Management Enrichment (G2AME). She is actively involved with the activities of the Association of Blacks in Higher Education and is a member of the Executive Board. She holds board membership in numerous organizations at the University level as well as within the Northwest Arkansas community. Her research area is retention of faculty and students of color at all academic levels.


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