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SIU establishing new doctoral fellowship program for equity and social justice in education

CARBONDALE, Ill. — This fall, Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s School of Education is launching a new doctoral fellowship program with an emphasis in educational equity and social justice.

“The program’s fellows will be prepared as scholars to address structural inequalities in educational settings and devise and assess programs and practices that can lead to improved educational access and provide better and more equitable educational opportunities and success for all students,” said School of Education Dean M Cecil Smith.

The new program is a response to the diversity, equity and inclusion challenges Smith and his colleagues have observed in the world and the nation.

“We asked ourselves, ‘How can we as the School of Education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale respond to the issues of structural racism?’” he said.

“We want help address those issues in our country, and we believe we can do that by capitalizing on our strengths. One of the best ways is to prepare scholars to study problems and prepare policies to dismantle the causes of those problems.”

About three to five fellows will be selected each year, with the option of earning a Ph.D. or Ed.D. Smith said that while there are a small number of university doctoral programs focusing […]

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