Virtual Learning Series
Addressing Anti-Bias and Anti-Racist Practices in Early Childhood Education
Presenter: Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D.
Our country and state are still reeling from the twin pandemics: coronavirus and racial reckoning. The third pandemic is the devastation of early childhood schools and a workforce shortage. To Build Back Better, we must create a more equitable, fair, and just society. We must move beyond gap gazing by addressing root causes. Attendees will be asked to join the journey or continue on the journey that threads the issues of history, equity, and liberation in order to ensure that children, families, and those who care and teach them are fully supported, valued, and rewarded. Attendees will be pushed to self-reflect and provided with tools and resources to incorporate an anti-bias and racial equity lens in their work with children, families, and communities to dismantle racism and other systemic barriers, and ensure equitable opportunities.
Dr. Iheoma U. Iruka (pronounced EE-OMAH EE-ROO-KAH) is a Research Professor in the Department of Public Policy and the Founding Director of the Equity Research Action Coalition at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Iruka is leading projects and initiatives focused on ensuring that minoritized children and children from low-income households, especially Black children, are thriving. She is focused on ensuring excellence for young diverse learners, especially Black children and their families, through the intersection of anti-bias, anti-racist, culturally grounded research, program, and policy. Some areas of focus include family engagement and support, quality rating and improvement systems, and early care and education system and programs. Dr. Iruka serves and has served on numerous national and local boards and committees, including the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the National Advisory Committee for the U.S. Census Bureau, the American Psychological Association's Board of Educational Affairs, Brady Education Foundation, and Trust for Learning. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Temple University, an M.A. in Psychology from Boston University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Miami, FL.
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