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Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students (CEEAAS)

The vision of our center is to hold a prominent state, national and international leadership role in the production and dissemination of cutting-edge research on teaching effectiveness for African American students by advancing the educational and social welfare of Black students, families and communities and making research accessible to a wide variety of constituents.

Our Mission

The newly established Center for Education and Equity of African American Students seeks to:

  • Model exemplary educational practices for African American children via collaboration with public schools, colleges, and universities.
  • Conduct individual and collaborative cutting-edge research that enables and advances innovative and effective instructional programs, professional practices, and public policy.
  • Serve as a forum for public discourse and debate regarding educational equity issues through seminars, workshops, and courses.
  • Serve as an advocate for African American children and elevate the awareness of their needs, perspectives, and voices.
  • Influence and lead policies that impact the education of African American children and families.
  • Maintain a clearinghouse on information, resources, literature, and research relating to the education of African American children.



The Center hosts numerous events, including lectures, book studies and roundtable discussions, throughout the year.

Equity in Education Lecture, Dr. Joyce King

The inaugural event, the Equity in Education Lecture, is set for January 26, 2017 from 6-8:00p.m. in the UofSC Law School Auditorium. Guest speaker, Dr. Joyce King, will discuss the “Morally Engaged Research in the Black Liberation Tradition Return: What You Learn to the People.”

King is the Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership and Professor of Educational Policy Studies in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University. Her lecture will focus on the transformative power of educational research in the Black liberation tradition of study and the importance of making research accessible to the community, families, and students. The event is free and open to the public.

Roundtable Discussion Series & Book Studies

The center is hosting a year long, open to the public, roundtable discussion series which will focus on current issues facing African American students. A series of articles and/or videos will be sent out to interested participants in advance so that during the roundtable, the topics can be discussed. Also, the center will host a summer book study (June-August) which will follow the same dicussion format as the roundtables. See the full list of dates and find out more.

Doctoral Symposium Series

The center will host three symposiums related to research methods and pedagogies for Black Education. Dates to be announced soon. Check back for more details throughout 2017.

Online Equity Series

Reading, Viewing, Thinking and Acting

January - Equity in Curriculum Representation and Perspectives
February  - Equity in Special Education
March - Equity in Mathematics
April - Equity in Science
May - Equity in English Language Arts
June - Equity in Social Studies
July - Equity in the Arts
August - Equity in Research Methodology
September -  Equity Pedagogies                   
October - Equity in Gifted, Advanced Placement, and Honors Practices, Pedagogy, and Policies
November - Linguistic Equity          
December - Restorative and Equitable Classroom Management Practices

Online Graduate Courses

Online graduate courses listed below are open to students in the U.S. and abroad. P-12 schools and districts can contract with us to have courses offered to them.

  • EDTE 776 - Educating African American Students
    An analysis of historical and contemporary factors that influence the education of African American children in the United States. Emphasis on the knowledge, skills and dispositions required for educators and parents to provide an effective equitable education for African American students.
  • EDTE 779 - Equity Methodologies in Teacher Education
    Study of the influence of cultural diversity on instruction with emphasis on teaching strategies and programs for multicultural student populations. 


Our Team


Demonstration Classrooms and Learning Modules

Teachers  who use culturally relevant curriculum from elementary, middle and secondary levels across disciplines will help to develop learning modules for effective teaching of African American students. 

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Julia Dawson

Julia Dawson is a social studies Teacher at W.A. Perry Middle School.

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Kayla Hostetler

Kayla Hostetler is an English teacher at Aiken High School.