The annual American University School of Education Summer Institute on Education Equity and Justice (SIEEJ) convenes local and national educators and education advocates to highlight new practices and strategies for addressing the educational needs of Black, Brown, and indigenous students. The theme of 2023, the sixth SIEEJ event, was Eradicating the Stigma: Prioritizing Mental Health in PreK-16 Education with major speakers including Dr. Tyrone Howard, Dr. Norma Day-Vines, Dr. Joanne Frederick, Dr. Carlos Hipolito-Delgado, Dr. Ian Levy, and many more. The event thoroughly examined the intersection of racism in education, and intentionally centered the voices and experiences of people of color. SIEEJ learning sessions were offered virtually with recordings of sessions available only to registered attendees. Learn about the related book series here.
SIEEJ 2023 participants earned 1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit, equivalent to 10 hours of participation) for $50 or 2 CEUs for $100 for attending SIEEJ. Email your questions about CEUs to email@example.com. Certificates of participation were not issued.
PreK-16 educators, mental health professionals, counselors, psychologists, social workers, legislators, education advocates, parents, students (registration discount available), school board members, and those at community-based organizations attended this low-cost, high-impact conference.
All sessions were offered virtually, with two events offered in a hybrid format virtually and in-person. The below two sessions were offered in-person:
- The Opening Reception and Book Signing with Dr. Joanne Frederick, author of Copeology: Exploring Coping Techniques gave a book talk and signing, and networking reception.
- The Dr. Edmund Gordon Distinguished Lecture and Networking Reception with Dr. Tyrone Howard, President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), followed by a Q&A.
SIEEJ events and sessions were designed to change both mindsets and practices. The overall goal of SIEEJ is to build a community of practice singularly focused on the strengths, challenges, and opportunities in the lives of young people of color and the communities in which they live.
- Participants were provided links to virtual events and sessions in advance.
- Links to archived recordings were emailed to registered attendees.
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