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Photo of cellphone with a news story on the screen about George Floyd's murder.

As a Black woman in America, I avoid the many videos that show Black people being murdered. I accidentally saw George Floyd plead for his life and ultimately die in the street, as the video was difficult to avoid online. I will never forget the horror of what I saw,


In the United States, Black people's hair has been a source of contention, punishment, and immense pride. For years, in an attempt to conform to Eurocentric standards of beauty and professionalism, Black women have sought to straighten their natural kinks and curls. In fact, according to a recent survey by


As a Black woman in America, I avoid the many videos that show Black people being murdered. I accidentally saw George Floyd plead for his life and ultimately die in the street, as the video was difficult to avoid online. I will never forget the horror of what I saw,

In the United States, Black people's hair has been a source of contention, punishment, and immense pride. For years, in an attempt to conform to Eurocentric standards of beauty and professionalism, Black women have sought to straighten their natural kinks and curls. In fact, according to a recent survey by

In this time of enormous global change, many people have referred to what we are experiencing as our “new normal.” Charles R. Martinez, Jr., dean of the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin, explains why he challenges the use of that phrase, how the pandemic is

Special Education has re-energized its Concentration in Equity and Diversity. The program explores the intersections of disability, race, ethnicity, language, social class, nationality, gender, and sexuality in education and society. Listen in as Associate Professor Audrey Sorrels and Assistant Professor North Cooc, who lead the initiative, discuss why the concentration is

Housing costs have risen dramatically and this rise is especially problematic for parents. In this talk, Jennifer Jellison Holme reviews recent data on housing affordability and considers the implications of data for parents and caregivers with children.

Explore how the power of the spoken and written word can construct and deconstruct opportunities for learning, liberation, and transformative power for urban youth.

Each year, nearly 7.5 million students are chronically absent – missing 10% or more of the school year. How should researchers, policymakers, and educators address chronic absenteeism and its effects on students? 

A new e-intervention might help close the accessibility gap for positive parenting techniques.

Curriculum and Instruction Clinical Associate Professor Haydée Rodriguez takes a group of pre-service bilingual/bicultural education students on community walks to help the students learn about the various resources, history, and people that exist in the communities in which their students live.

Urban farming. Urban outfitters. Urban music. What does “urban” look like, sound like, feel like? What is “urban” code for? Depends on who you ask, and what you’re talking about. Within certain contexts the utterance of “urban” connotes a degree of cache and currency, but it just as easily can

Child-centered learning is a departure from classrooms in which children are compelled to sit at desks and receive information rather than be active participants, and it can challenge the way some educators have been taught to instruct young students.

Rooted in indigenous traditions, restorative practices are a humanizing approach toward education.

A student and faculty member from the College of Education are part of a research team that will investigate the harmful effects of colorism in Ghana and at UT.

"My students and their families have important stories to share," says Assistant Professor of Language Tracey Flores, "and writing has the power to build community and solidarity."

“In the current climate, it is imperative now more than ever that psychological research is utilized to help communities of color address these current issues related to immigration and the increase of racial tensions,” said Professor Kevin Cokley,

China's former One Child Policy had profound effects on parenting practices and the way that children viewed themselves. Educational Psychology Professor Toni Falbo's latest study evaluates research of how only children saw themselves compared to how they were seen by others and differences in self-assessment between boys and girls.

Hegemonic Psychology: The Politics of Ethnic Minority Research Conducting research that focuses on the experiences of ethnic minorities is fraught with sociopolitical challenges. In predominantly white academic settings the norms for publication outlets are often antagonistic toward so-called “low impact”, “specialty” journals. This has created an academic culture that often marginalizes and

Associate Professor Liliana Garces examines how bans on race-conscious admissions policies are diminishing the proportion of students of color who are enrolling in medical schools, thus exacerbating current racial and ethnic health disparities.

Curriculum and Instruction Associate Professor Allison Skerrett has been a part of the International Council of Education Advisors in Scotland since 2016. Skerrett discusses how this experience has impacted her research and its potential to impact education in Scotland and the world.

Despite a significant decrease in new HIV/AIDS infections since the 1980s, high risk populations are not receiving sufficient resources to protect themselves against infection. Kinesiology and Health Education Assistant Professor Liesl Nydegger is working with these local communities to find life-saving interventions.

Juarez Girls Rising provides a counter-narrative to popular conceptions of Juarez, Mexico, and a guidepost for school communities who want to foster agency and resistance in the face of violence.

Pre-service teachers use read-alouds to promote anti-racist curriculum. “I like to read about people different from me because I get to learn about different cultures,” says one student.

The goal of the Department of Special Education is to be a bridge of expertise for families of children with autism, and for the community. We provide a space for our faculty to conduct basic and applied research. We also prepare our students to create and deliver best practices in

"A Hauntology on Data: Diffracting Specters of Racialization Toward an Autopoietic Turn/Overturn" As Avery Gordon (1997) reminds us, there are already ghosts or hauntings in the seemingly present; what might be understood as an absence of presence, and a complex history and subjectivities. Indeed, the haunting demands sociopolitical significance as Derrida

Many postsecondary institutions respond to a legal and policy environment that seeks to end the consideration of race in education policies by adopting race-neutral policies and practices in admissions. Meanwhile institutions have remained publicly committed to racial and ethnic diversity and to promoting inclusive learning environments.

As we close out Black History Month, it’s an important opportunity to take a look at examples of the work our faculty have done to expand research and support the success of African American students at all grade levels.

Join Educational Psychology Associate Professor Germine Awad as she discusses both the ramifications of classifying people of Middle Eastern or North African (MENA) descent as white on the U.S. Census form

Join Educational Policy and Planning Assistant Professor Joshua Childs as he discusses chronic absenteeism, a K-12 problem hidden in plain sight. Childs illuminates four zones that affect students’ lives and school attendance and shares what educators can do to address the problems that impact school attendance.

Join Special Education Clinical Assistant Professor Katie Tackett for this Discovery Minute as she describes how applying universal design principles to her classroom benefits all her students, whether or not they have an identified disability.

Luis Urrieta, Jr. is completing a book, Resurgent Indigeneities: Re/Making Indigena and Comunalidad through Education in Rural Mexico. He was a scholar-in-residence at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2016-17.

Melissa Wetzel, associate professor of language and literacy, shares research-based ideas about the literacy “crisis” and how understanding diverse literacies is a stronger educational approach.

Jennifer Keys Adair, Ph,D., is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Adair works with parents, teachers, administrators and young children to offer more dynamic and sophisticated learning experiences to children from resilient, marginalized communities in the US and globally. Her areas of

Kevin Cokley has been honored for his contributions to counseling psychology as well as ethnic minority psychology. He actively shares his knowledge and insights through public writing of op-eds and research-based commentaries.

The Ethnic Studies Agenda in Texas: Implications for Teacher Recruitment and Preparation

Recent research has found that students who participate in ethnic studies classes show improved academic performance and a higher attendance rate. Students benefit from seeing their culture and ethnic backgrounds represented in the classroom, and studies suggest that the relevant subject matter encourages students to be more engaged in the

Parents of white children often shelter their kids from conversations about race and inequity. Early childhood educator Jenn Adair explains that children can handle the discussions, and how parents can approach those conversations successfully.

New research shines much-needed light on gay men’s use of Facebook to reveal their sexual identity

Stephanie Cawthon and Carrie Lou Garberoglio are deaf. They have lived the experience—as students and professionals—of working with accommodations and breaking down barriers. Their passion for changing the paradigm of the educational experience in the U.S. for deaf individuals has influenced their work as researchers.

Latinas comprise only 2 percent of the STEM industry. Kimberly Gonzales, M.A.’12, is doing her part to increase diversity in her field.

As a student Gilma Sanchez and her family faced traumatic hardships that went unnoticed by teachers. Now an elementary school principal, she prioritizes nurturing the whole student.

Louis Harrison, professor, and Anthony Brown, associate professor have created and launched a first-ever repository for research into the education of black males. The Black Male Education Research Collection (BMERC) provides a comprehensive compilation of peer-reviewed scholarly articles

Educational Psychology Assistant Professor Delida Sanchez answers questions about health disparities for underrepresented K-12 students and what educators can do to help.

Currently, best practices for educating and supporting the educational outcomes of deaf and hard of hearing individuals after high school have not been studied rigorously or shared broadly, which means that uneven outcomes are common. The new center, which launches Jan. 1, aims to change that.

Three special education professors discuss ways to support the learning of students with disabilities to avoid the summer slide.

Former math teacher and current learning technologies Ph.D. student reflects on how even underrepresented students who are highly proficient at math and science can miss out on STEM opportunities.

Schools are serving more students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) than ever before. Early detection and interventions are proven paths to success, but programs designed to help students with ASD often concentrate on providing early intervention.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention latest report estimates that 1 in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder. Those are daunting numbers, but there is hope. Produced by the Longhorn Network, this documentary focuses on three innovative researchers in the College of Education who are making an

The Department of Special Education and Travis County join forces to help families with children with autism

Three professors share ideas, based on their research, about how educators can help underrepresented students gain more access to and engagement with science, technology, engineering and math.

Two UT College of Education professors offer research-based tips.

UT College of Education’s Superintendency Program attracts and prepares education leaders of the future, like Houston Independent School District’s Rick Cruz.

Two Latina Students Beat Incredible Odds to Reach Educational Goals and Give Back.

The College of Education and an Austin Nonprofit Develop a Winning Partnership

If caring is the topsoil of mentorship, Richard Reddick has devoted his career to mining the subsurface for what it really takes to support minority students.

How Mentoring Strengthens Latino Communities and Classrooms