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The College of Education is Committed to Inclusiveness

Supported Higher Education Project (SHEP)

Students enrolled in the SHEP program have the opportunity to take college courses, complete both paid and unpaid internships, and engage in students campus life.

CPE Grant for MAT Program

As a result of a grant provided by the Council for Postsecondary Education (CPE), the College of Education is able to offer financial support for some current and future educators in our Master of Arts in Teaching program. Contact Dr. Melissa Hess for details.

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Karyn Parsons: A Black History Lecture and Discussion – Feb. 27 

In honor of Black History month, Karyn Parsons (Hilary from the Fresh Prince of Bel-air) will give a candid talk about her storied career as an actress, author and business owner. Parsons is founder and owner of Sweet Blackberry, a company that focuses on creating books and media that teach African American history to children. Purchase tickets at the link below. NKU students can register for free with the code NKUSTUFREE. Contact Dr. David Childs with questions.

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Stolen Education Film and Discussion - March 13

Mark your calendars to view “Stolen Education” on March 13!  This documentary shares the untold story of Mexican-American school children who challenged discrimination in
Texas schools in the 1950’s and changed the face of education in the Southwest.
The College of Education is excited to partner with NKU’s Latino Student
Initiatives on this film and panel discussion.

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"Squirmy & Grubs" Event with the Supported Higher Education Project (SHEP)

In Fall 2022, the Supported Higher Education Project (SHEP) and the College of Education welcomed Shane and Hannah Burcaw (aka Squirmy and Grubs) to NKU with support from the UK HDI Grant. The disability speakers, authors, and popular Youtubers shared their story while discussing important topics centered on disability, ableism, accessibility, and relationships. As a concluding activity, participants wrote their commitments to promote belonging and inclusion in their spheres of influence.

Diverse Educator Community Group

The Diverse Educator Community Group launched in Fall 2022 as a safe space for local diverse educators to build community, make connections, discuss current trends and events, and learn with and from one another. 

Previous Initiatives

Diverse Educator Job Fair

The College of Education hosted its first Diverse Educator Job Fair in Spring 2022. Representatives from area schools gathered for networking, pop up interviews, and a panel discussion on trends and issues in the field.

The Intersection of Education, Culture, and Public History Lecture

In Spring 2022, Dr. Eric Williams of the National African American History Museum spoke on the intersection of education, culture, and public history. The lecture was followed by a panel discussion including representatives from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Black and Brown Educators of Excellence (BBEofE) student organization, and NKU’s Social Work faculty.

Courageous Conversations: A Discussion About CRT and a More Diverse Curriculum

NKU’s Black and Brown Educators of Excellence and Cincinnati Public
Radio’s Democracy and Me Program led the online forum, “Courageous Conversations: A Discussion About CRT and a More Diverse Curriculum” on November 29, 2021. 
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Courageous Conversations: A One Day Workshop on Diversity and Equity in Education

Teachers, administrators and pre-service educators networked and engaged in discussions around diverse curriculum, equitable practices, creating teacher pipelines, supporting
teachers of color, and more in July 2021.

Black and Brown State of Affairs Panel Discussion

The Black and Brown Educators of Excellence (BBEofE) student organization hosted a student panel discussion on the intersection of race, politics, and education in Fall 2020.

LGBTQ Oral History Project

The NKU LGBTQ Oral History Project is an assignment completed by students in the Introduction to LGBTQ Studies course at Northern Kentucky University in 2018.

Teacher Diversity Matters

NKU and the Department of Teacher Education hosted a National Symposium on Preparing, Recruiting, and Retaining Teachers of Color in September 2017.