Bettina Love to speak on social justice, equitable classrooms

Dr. Bettina Love at a podium during a speaking engagement.
Dr. Bettina Love

Bettina L. Love, Ph.D., one of the leading educational researchers in the areas of how anti-blackness operates in schools, Hip Hop education and urban education, will deliver a keynote address at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education’s 2020 Research Colloquium at the Science Museum of Virginia on Friday, March 6.

Love, an associate professor of educational theory at the University of Georgia and author of the books “We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom” and “Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities” and “Politics in the New South,” will speak at 10 a.m.

Love will speak on how teachers, schools, parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in intersectional social justice for the goal of equitable classrooms. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in Dewey Gottwald Center of the Science Museum of Virginia from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register for the event here. A full schedule is available here.

The school’s annual research colloquium is meant to highlight faculty and doctoral student research and research-related activities. As part of the event, invited speakers and scholars of national and international renown deliver a keynote address on a related educational topic or issue of interest. The colloquium also involves faculty- and student-led presentations that highlight relevant, ongoing research activities.

It is sponsored by the VCU School of Education’s Office of Research and Faculty Development; the School of Education’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee; and the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium, a partnership between Richmond-area school divisions and the VCU School of Education that conducts research that addresses enduring and emerging issues in pre-K-12 education.

The day before the colloquium, Love will also speak at Armstrong High School from 4-6 p.m. about her book “We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom.” According to the publisher, the book draws on Love’s life’s work of teaching and researching in urban schools to argue that educators must teach students about racial violence, oppression, and how to make sustainable change in their communities through radical civic initiatives and movements. The event is free and open to the public. To register for the event, visit