Urban Education and Family

Urban Education and Family


The Urban Education and Family Core is a transdisciplinary community of scholars who seek to empower Black and Latine learners and their families to help them attain educational excellence and equity. Utilizing an ecological, participatory, and holistic strategy, the core seeks to empower and develop community leaders, address access gaps through policy, and improve community wellbeing through a model of family and community engagement.

The core will create an Urban Education and Family Institute that will serve as a hub and catalyst for equity and excellence for Black and Latine learners. This institute will be unique because of its transdisciplinary partnership with the School of Education, College of Humanities & Sciences, and the School of Social Work.

UEF Scholars will:

  • Design and develop culturally informed, transformational, curricula that centers the science of learning, culturally sustaining pedagogy, and empowerment
  • Formulate strategies and provide opportunities that support learners and families through the Urban Education and Family Center
  • Influence policy reform by constructing research strategies that have the greatest potential to dismantle educational and well-being inequities among Black and Latine learners and families that currently exist in Richmond Public Schools and surrounding school districts

Transdisciplinary core team


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