Dr. Kari Kokka

Since his debut in the television show “The Mandalorian,” Baby Yoda has dominated the internet and is seen as a universal symbol of 2020. Baby Yoda will come to Millersville University as part of Dr. Kari Kokka’s talk titled “Using the Healing Force of Baby Yoda: Supporting Well-Being and Critical Consciousness through Healing-Informed Social Justice Mathematics.” It’s part of the University’s 31st Annual Anna Funk Lockey Lecture on March 3, 2020 at 7 p.m. in Steinman Hall at the Ware Center.

Kokka’s discussion centers on social justice in education. She will use an ecological approach to trauma-informed care and radical healing to help students to apply public middle school mathematics to engage in healing practices.

Kokka is an assistant professor of mathematics education at the University of Pittsburgh. She studies student and teacher empowerment through social justice pedagogy in mathematics and student engagement. She was recently awarded the Iris Marion Young Award for Social Justice and is the co-founder of the Creating Balance Conference on STEM Education and Social Justice.

The Lockey Lecture is a part of the Millersville University Education on Location Series. Established in 1987 by Anna Funk Lockey, of the class of 1925, the endowed lectureship focuses on bringing distinguished speakers to Millersville’s campus to address and inspire future teachers, the educational profession and the community.

This event is free to the public. Tickets for the lecture must be reserved through the MU ticket office. The ticket office can be contacted by calling 717-871-7600 or at https://studentservicesinc.vbotickets.com/event/2020_Lockey_Lecture/41518.

More information about the lecture can be found by contacting the Office of the Dean of Education and Human Services by phone at 717-871-7333.

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