Dr. Gholdy Muhammad and Dr. Curtis Acosta

Featured Speakers, Humanizing Pedagogies Speaker Series

A Virtual Dialogue: Anti-racism and Liberation in Education and Teacher Education

On January 4, 2021 we had the privilege to hear a dialogue between Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, associate professor of language and literacy at Georgia State University and Dr. Curtis Acosta, assistant professor in language and culture in education at the University of Arizona on their work in anti-racist and liberation efforts as it relates to issues in education and teacher education.

Dr. Gholdy Muhammad and Dr. Curtis Acosta

About the Speakers

Portrait of Gholdy Muhammad Dr. Gholdy Muhammad 
Dr. Muhammad is currently an associate professor of Language and Literacy at Georgia State University. Additionally, she serves as the director of the Urban Literacy Collaborative and Clinic. She strives to shape the national conversation for educating youth who have been underserved. She works with teachers and young people across the United States and South Africa in best practices in culturally responsive instruction. She also served as a school board president and continues to work collaboratively with local schools across communities in the Atlanta area.

Muhammad’s recently published book, Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy​, presents a four-layered equity framework-one that is grounded in history and restores excellence in literacy education. Learn more here

Curtis Acosta Dr. Curtis Acosta
Prior to his current role as assistant professor in language and culture in education, Dr. Curtis Acosta was a high school teacher for nearly 20 years, where he developed and taught Chicanx/Latinx literature classes for the renowned Mexican-American Studies program in Tucson. He is an award-winning educator who was named one of the “Top 10 Latinos to Watch in US Politics” by the Huffington Post. His work was featured in the documentaries Precious Knowledge and Dolores, as well as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is the founder of the Acosta Educational Partnership, a consultation firm that helps educators create culturally sustaining and humanizing educational practices in their classrooms, schools, and communities. Acosta received his Bachelor of Arts from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and later obtained a Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. in Language, Reading, and Culture from the University of Arizona. Learn more here

This web forum is presented by the UC Davis Teacher Education Program, in partnership with the Graduate Group in Education, UC Davis School of Education, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.  

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