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Archeology of the Self: Towards Sustaining Racial Literacy in EducationMaster ClassIn-Person

Thursday, Apr 11, 2024

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Open to participants in the Early Career Fellowship.

Individuals who develop racial literacy are able to engage in necessary personal reflection about their racial beliefs and practices, and teach their students to do the same. Racial literacy in schools includes the ability to read, write about, discuss, and interrupt situations and events that are motivated and upheld by racial inequity and bias. Sustaining racial literacy across the life span is possible by engaging in an “Archeology of the Self” – an action-oriented process requiring love, humility, reflection, an understanding of history, and a commitment to working against racial injustice.


Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz is an award-winning associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on racial literacy in teacher education, Black girl literacies, and Black and Latinx male high school students. A sought-after speaker on issues of race, culturally responsive pedagogy, and diversity, Sealey-Ruiz works with K-12 and higher education school communities to increase their racial literacy knowledge and move toward more equitable school experiences for their Black and Latinx students. Sealey-Ruiz appeared in Spike Lee’s 2 Fists Up: We Gon’ Be Alright, a documentary about the Black Lives Matter movement and the campus protests at Mizzou. She is a co-author, with Dr. Detra Price-Dennis, of Advancing Racial Literacies in Teacher Education: Toward Activism for Equity in Digital Spaces, and of the poetry collections Love from the Vortex & Other Poems and The Peace Chronicles.