Initiative of Racial Justice & Youth Engaged Research Launches

Assistant Professor of Social Justice Education Jamila Lyiscott and Assistant Professor of Teacher Education & School Improvement Keisha Green founded the Initiative of Racial Justice & Youth Engaged Research in order to integrate youth voices and racial equity across all educational disciplines through research, service, and technical assistance in five areas: racial justice/equity, youth-centered praxis, critical teacher education, fugitive literacy practices, and community engagement. In its first year alone, the Initiative has received a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad grant to provide a study abroad experience in Ghana for 12 Black female educators from the Massachusetts school districts of Amherst-Pelham, Holyoke, and Springfield. In addition, the Initiative sponsored the Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies and Teaching for Black Lives workshop series for educators, which culminated in an interactive keynote event in the Carney Family Auditorium featuring Dyan Watson and Wayne Au, two editors of Teaching for Black Lives. Stay tuned for information on future public events including an official launch.