Social Justice Activist and Educator to Speak at SLU Feb. 26

Drawing from decades of research to deconstruct popular myths, misconceptions, and educational practices that undercut the achievement of low-income students, Paul Gorski, associate professor of social justice and education at George Mason University, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in St. Lawrence University’s Eben Holden.

His presentation, titled “Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap,” carefully describes the challenges that students in poverty face and the resiliencies they and their families draw upon. His research provides specific, evidence-based strategies for teaching youth by creating equitable, bias-free learning environments.

Gorski is the founder of EdChange, a coalition of educators and activists providing professional development on educational equity, creating free resources for fellow educators and activists, and modeling a commitment to moving beyond celebrating the joys of diversity and toward educational equity in schools and communities. His areas of scholarly focus include anti-poverty activism and education, critical race theory and anti-racism education, and critical theories pertaining to women’s rights, LGBT rights, labor rights, immigrant rights, and anti-imperialism. His lecture will highlight concepts from his new book of the same name, published by Teachers College Press. 

For more information, contact Erin Basford at 315-229-5061 or visit the Department of Education’s website at