(CAMPUS REFORM) – Southern Illinois University-Carbondale is launching a doctoral program for “equity and social justice in education.”
In response to the university’s drive toward solving “diversity, equity and inclusion” challenges, the program will prepare scholars “to address structural inequalities in educational settings and devise and assess programs and practices that can lead to improved educational access,” explained School of Education Dean M. Cecil Smith to the university.
“Inequities in access to education, adequate funding and highly skilled, high-quality teachers remain a barrier for large populations throughout the United States,” Smith added. “Racism, sexism and discrimination persist despite decades of legal and public policy initiatives and social activism. As a result of those iniquities, gaps exist between different groups of students, both in terms of access and achievement.”
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