SOE’s newest center officially open

Minority Education Center to serve as safe hub for underrepresented minority educators

Dr. LaRon Scott in front of the new Minority Education Center in Oliver Hall.

Dr. LaRon Scott at the opening of the new Minority Education Center.

The VCU School of Education’s newest center had its official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony recently in Oliver Hall.

The Minority Educator Recruitment, Retention & Equity Center is a grant-funded center housed in room 4064B of Oliver Hall. It will serve as a safe hub for underrepresented minority (URM) educators across programs, as well as support URM educators in our local school divisions.

“The main goal of this ground-breaking center is to provide a safe space, especially for black educators, to receive the support, mentoring, advising and resources they need to be successful,” said LaRon Scott, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Special Education, who is also the executive director of the center and leading the project. “Ultimately, we want to improve the racial diversity of the teacher workforce.”

Specifically, the Minority Education Center will serve as a space where:

  • culturally responsive mentoring and induction;
  • culturally responsive professional development; and
  • research efforts

will take place to help understand how to better recruit, prepare and retain URM educators. Financial assistance will also be available through the center to serve the recruitment, retention and professional needs of URM educators.

View the Flickr album of photos from the opening.

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