Dr. Rita Kohli

Featured Speaker, Expanding Equity in Educational Research Speaker Series

Rita Kohli

Teachers of Color: Resisting Racism and Reclaiming Education

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 via Zoom
3 – 4:30 pm PST
Please register for this free Zoom presentation here.

With increased attention on the need to diversify the teaching force, many teacher education programs and K-12 schools have focused on recruiting more students of Color, yet these efforts are often not paired with other policy, practice, or culture shifts. This talk will use the lens of Critical Race Theory (CRT) to explore the racialized experiences of justice-oriented teachers of Color, as well as their efforts to resist and reimagine education. Kohli calls on teacher education programs, schools, and districts to disrupt cycles of racial harm as they create spaces that value the wellbeing and contributions of teachers of Color.

About the Speaker
Rita Kohli is an Associate Professor of Teaching and Teacher Education, Equity Advisor, and coordinator of the K-12 Ethnic Studies Pathway program in the School of Education at the University of California, Riverside. She is also a co-founder and co-director of the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice (ITOC). A scholar of critical race theory in Education, her research examines structural racism and initiatives for racial justice within teaching and teacher education, with specific focus on the professional experiences of teachers of Color.

Dr. Kohli is co-editor of the book Confronting Racism in Teacher Education: Narratives from Teacher Educators, and author of the book Teachers of Color: Resisting Racism and Reclaiming Education, which is part of the Race and Education series at Harvard Education Press. Kohli is the recipient of multiple awards including the Early Career Award from the Division G: Social Context of Education, and the Mid-career Award from the Division K: Teaching and Teacher Education from the American Educational Research Association.

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