Dr. Love: the impact of whiteness on students of color

Award-winning author and researcher delivers keynote at SOE's 2020 Research Colloquium

Dr. Bettina Love, the keynote speaker at the VCU School of Education 2020 Research Colloquium.
Dr. Bettina Love delivers the keynote at SOE's 2020 Research Colloquium.

Dr. Bettina L. Love, an award-winning author and researcher in the area of Hip Hop education, addressed a group of VCU faculty, staff and students recently at the Science Museum of Virginia on her experience researching whiteness in schools and its impact on students of color.

Love’s keynote address was part of the School of Education’s annual research colloquium which highlights faculty and doctoral student research and research-related activities. The day before the colloquium, Love spoke at Armstrong High School about her book “We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom.”

In the book, Love argues that since the U.S. educational system is maintained by and profits from the suffering of children of color, the current educational complex must be dismantled with the imagination, determination, boldness and urgency of an abolitionist. She argues that teachers and schools working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in intersectional social justice for the goal of equitable classrooms.

Love’s research on diversity and equitable classrooms aligns with SOE’s research focus on issues of social justice, equity and diversity, as well as our Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s efforts to raise awareness and facilitate discussion on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.

The events were sponsored by SOE’s Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, with support from the Office of Research and Faculty Development and Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium. SOE partnered with Armstrong High School in Richmond Public Schools, and the Science Museum of Virginia on these events.

View the Flickr Album of photos from SOE's 2020 Research Colloquium.

View the Flickr Album of photos from the Armstrong High School event.