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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Education

Posted by Michelle Abendroth | Jan 20, 2022 3:00:00 AM

Dr. Decoteau Irby is an associate professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research examines the relationship between equity-focused school leadership and the quality of Black youth academic achievement and overall well-being. He is the author of Stuck Improving: Racial Equity and School Leadership, which analyzes the complex process of racial equity reform within K12 schools. Dr. Irby's research is applied through his work with Derute Consulting Cooperative, where he helps leaders and teams create anti-racist organizational learning and improvement.

In this conversation, Justin and Dr. Irby discuss the universal language and understanding of music and family, and how these really help build a sense of humility. With a gained sense of humility and understanding that we are all smaller parts of a greater story, we each gain regard for others, which produces harmony that is key to DEI work. Decoteau shares that equity is truly at the focus for what he does, and how it then overflows into diversity and inclusion. Finally, Dr. Irby details the upcoming book that he co-edited with Charity Anderson and Charles Payne, Dignity-affirming Education: Cultivating the Sombodiness of Students and Educators.

Topics In This Episode

  • Balancing humility with confidence

  • The unifying nature and connection through music

  • DEI in the education space

  • Looking at how equity provides options

  • Discussing reparations and the generational disparities of equity


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Written by Michelle Abendroth

Michelle is a co-owner of Roth Media and helps podcasters achieve more with their shows.

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