Several members of the University Council for Educational Administration(UCEA) will meet with faculty and staff from the Duquesne University School of Education on campus May 5-8 to discuss development plans for the University’s new UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice.
The UCEA has selected Duquesne University to become one of only nine UCEA centers in the world. Housed in the School of Education, the center will investigate the relationship between educational leadership and social justice, focusing on how educational leaders can be better prepared and equipped to deal with students who are marginalized, under-represented and underprivileged.
“The School of Education embodies the preparation of educational leaders in all of its academic disciplines, scholarship for schools and the Spiritan founders’ tradition of caring,” said Dr. Olga M. Welch, dean of the school. “To be selected by the UCEA to become one of its distinguished centers is not only an honor, it also reflects the elements of our identity and the mission of Duquesne University.”
Michelle Young, executive director of the UCEA, will speak at a conference on the formation of educational leaders hosted by the school this week. She and UCEA President Alan Shoho will meet with the school to address the new center.
“We believe strongly that academics have theorized about issues of social justice in education long enough; we need to do more to identify and remedy those conditions that marginalize, trivialize and suppress ‘have not’ students, schools and communities,” said Dr. Jim Henderson, professor in the School of Education and director of the new center. “We believe that educational leaders must be prepared to recognize and correct social injustices in their own schools and work places.”
The UCEA is an international consortium of research universities committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of children, schools and society. In addition to Duquesne, other schools among the UCEA’s prestigious membership include Clemson University, Hofstra University, Texas A&M University, University of Dayton, University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt University.