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Am I My Brother’s Keeper: Improving the Educational Experiences and Outcomes of Black and Latinx Males

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UCI School of Education Assistant Professor Adriana Villavicencio will present findings from her upcoming book, Am I My Brother’s Keeper?, which chronicles a four-year study focused on improving the educational outcomes of 15,000 Black and Latinx males in New York City public high schools. Her presentation will be followed by a Q&A with Douglas M. Haynes, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UCI. Through the discussion and Q&A, Villavicencio will cover what worked, what didn’t, and what we can learn from the experience. As sustained protests across the United States call attention to the tragic legacy of systemic racism, this event will highlight concrete steps that districts, schools, and educators can take to confront racism and support young people of color.

Attendees may submit questions for consideration after registering, or during the event.

Join the UCI School of Education as Assistant Professor Adriana Villavicencio presents findings from her upcoming book, Am I My Brother’s Keeper? The book, to be released in May by Harvard Education Press, chronicles a four-year study focused on improving the educational outcomes of 15,000 Black and Latinx males in New York City public high schools.

Her presentation will be followed by a Q&A with Douglas M. Haynes, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UCI. Through the discussion and Q&A, Villavicencio will cover what worked, what didn’t, and what we can learn from the experience.

Villavicencio and Haynes will be introduced by Richard Arum, Dean and Professor, UCI School of Education.

As sustained protests across the United States call attention to the tragic legacy of systemic racism, this event will highlight concrete steps that districts, schools, and educators can take to confront racism and support young people of color.

Attendees may submit questions for consideration after registering, or during the event.


About the Speakers

ADRIANA VILLAVICENCIO

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is an assistant professor at the UCI School of Education. Her research is focused on K-12 educational policy and school practice that deepens or disrupts inequities for historically underserved communities of students and families. For nearly a decade, she conducted research at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools at NYU – a Research-Practice Partnership with the NYC Department of Education (DOE). Dr. Villavicencio has conducted research at MDRC, the RAND Corporation, and Westat. Prior to becoming a researcher, she taught middle and high school English in Oakland, California; Brooklyn, New York; and Bangalore, India.

DOUGLAS M. HAYNES

Dr. Douglas M. Haynes is the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and provides executive leadership to empower students and employees to maximize their potential in an affirmative learning and working environment at UCI. Through the Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIE) he leads a team of inclusive excellence champions to advance institutional transformation. To this end, OIE drives accountability through data-driven metrics; mounts a suite of capacity building courses and training modules; engages in research and evidence-based best practices to promote a thriving organization; and leverages external partnerships to accelerate change at UCI and throughout the University of California.

RICHARD ARUM

Dr. Richard Arum is dean of the UCI School of Education and professor of education and (by courtesy) sociology, criminology, law and society at UCI. He recently served as senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2013-2015; and director of the Education Research Program at the Social Science Research Council from 2006-2013, where he oversaw the development of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, a research consortium designed to conduct ongoing evaluation of the New York City public schools. He is currently the principal investigator of The Next Generation Undergraduate Success Measurement Project, which seeks to improve our understanding of the value of undergraduate educational experiences, and promote evidence-based models of undergraduate student success.


Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

Am I My Brother’s Keeper? (Harvard Education Press) offers powerful insights into the opportunities and challenges of creating large-scale educational change. The book, chronicling the Expanded Success Initiative (ESI), a four-year study focused on improving the educational outcomes of 15,000 Black and Latinx males in New York City public high schools, covers what worked, what didn’t, and what we can learn from the experience.

 

The ESI model, a precursor to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper, highlights the ways that school districts can embed educational equity into sustainable policies and practices, in contrast to implementing stand-alone initiatives that may come and go. Through the voices of students, teachers, and leaders, the book informs the development of other district-community partnerships designed to improve opportunities and outcomes for young people who have systematically been denied both. Most critically, the book provides policy, practice, and research recommendations to inform the next generation of work centered on youth of color.


ABOUT THE UCI SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

One of the nation’s premier education schools, the UCI School of Education is focused on advancing educational sciences and contributing to improved educational opportunities and outcomes for individuals across the entire lifespan. A diverse, dynamic and collaborative institution, the School of Education’s research, community partnerships and programming are dedicated to producing innovative scholarship, addressing the needs of local schools, and inspiring future generations of educators. Established in 2012, the School of Education ranks No. 15 in the U.S. News & World Report’s list of top graduate schools of education, No. 7 among public schools. Located in the heart of diverse and burgeoning Orange County – the nation’s sixth most populous county – the School of Education is uniquely positioned to serve as a model for a 21st Century school of education. For more information, please visit our website.