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Taking Up the Challenge: Global Research and Diversity with Educators Across the World


This presentation will focus on the challenges of engaging in global research that focuses on diversity, equity, literacy, and race with students and educators across the world. Questions to be addressed include: What does it mean to engage in global research on diversity, equity, and literacy in education? How can researchers and educators cultivate global research and diversity in school and community contexts? How can we account for the local—local knowledges, perspectives, and epistemologies—in global research? What does it mean to engage in this work with educators, especially with Black educators across the world? To address these questions, I will share what inspires me to conduct this type of work and what I continue to learn from educators in the United States, West African and Jamaica, and now in Australia.

About the Presenter

Valerie Kinloch is Professor of Literacy Studies in the Department of Teaching and Learning as well as the newly appointed Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University. As Associate Dean, she is responsible for facilitating initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion in education, international educational partnerships, and school and community engagement. Her research examines the literacies and community engagements of young people and adults inside and outside schools. She is author of publications on race, place, literacy, and diversity. Her book titled, Harlem On Our Minds: Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth, received the 2011 Exemplary Research Award from Division K of the American Educational Research Association; the 2011 Honorary Mention for Outstanding Contribution to Research from AERA’s Division B; and the 2012 Outstanding Book of the Year Award from the American Educational Research Association.

Her latest co-edited book titled, Service-Learning in Literacy Education: Possibilities for Teaching and Learning, is the first volume that describes service-learning programs and courses designed as part of teacher education programs in the fields of literacy education, secondary English education, elementary language arts education, and the humanities. Valerie is the recipient of the 2010 AERA Scholars of Color Early Career Award, the 2015 Diversity Enhancement Award from the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University, and the 2015 University Distinguished Diversity Award from Ohio State. In 2015, Valerie received the Rewey Belle Inglis Award for Outstanding Women in English Education from the National Council of Teachers of English, and in 2016, she was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Advising Award from the Council of Graduate Students at Ohio State.

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