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Recruitment and Retention Road Map for Equity in Education

Date Nov 08, 2021
Time 7:00 PM
Location Virtual

While recruitment efforts for teachers of color grow around the nation, some criticize the lack of focus on development and retention as clear signs that teachers of color aren't being valued the same. While their diversity may be sought after, inclusion appears to be an afterthought, and there are still disparities within the educational field. Underrepresentation extends to administrators, including principals, superintendents, school board members, deans, provosts and university boards.

For Walden University's next Talks For Good, “Recruitment and Retention Roadmap for Equity in Education,” experts and practitioners will discuss the challenges and potential solutions to support a more equitable and racially diverse world of education that prioritizes development and retention just as much as recruitment.

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Dr. Kelley Costner
Dean of Education
Walden University

Dr. Kelley Costner currently serves as the dean for the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. Since 2004, Dr. Costner has served in numerous academic positions at Walden University. Before coming to Walden, Dr. Costner served as a faculty member at the Community College of Baltimore County and Morgan State College. Dr. Costner’s research interests include culturally responsive pedagogy, African American learners, faculty development, and teacher attitudes and beliefs.


José Luis Vilson
Executive Director

José Luis Vilson is a veteran educator, writer, speaker and activist in New York City. The author of This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, Vilson has spoken about education, math, and race for several organizations and publications. He's a National Board Certified Teacher, a Math for America Master Teacher, a member of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, and the executive director of EduColor, an organization dedicated to race and social justice issues in education.

Dr. Daman Harris
Building Our Network of Diversity (BOND) Project

Dr. Daman Harris is a co-founder and member of the Building Our Network of Diversity (BOND) Project, a Maryland-based teacher’s network that helps to recruit, retain, develop, and empower male educators of color. He’s a certified reading specialist and special education teacher with a wide range of professional experiences in education. Dr. Harris has been a public school educator for more than 20 years, and is currently a principal in the Washington D.C. area.

Julia E. Torres

Julia Torres is a Language Arts teacher at a public high school in Denver, Colorado. She finds humor in everyday moments with her family, friends and students she teaches. As an advocate for all students and public education, Ms. Torres regularly undertakes speaking engagements, facilitates workshops, and leads professional conversations about equity, anti-bias/anti-racist education, culturally sustaining pedagogies, and literacy in the digital age. She also serves a leadership role in several organizations that promote educational equity and progressivism.