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There’s a Difference Between Equity and Equality in Education

The 56th Annual Carter G. Woodson Lecture is scheduled for Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. and will feature Dr. David Stovall.

Recent headlines have extensively covered the pressing issue of inequity in education and the ongoing discourse on potential solutions. Millersville University is set to host a pivotal discussion on this very topic. Renowned University of Illinois at Chicago professor Dr. David Stovall will serve as the keynote speaker at the 56th Annual Carter G. Woodson Lecture. The event is scheduled for Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Student Memorial Center Multipurpose Room. This year’s lecture is a collaborative effort with the Engage for Change Journal, contributing to a broader series addressing equity and justice in Education. The lecture is open to the public and there is no need for registration, though early attendance is advised due to limited seating.

Stovall and respondents Keith Miles, superintendent of the School District of Lancaster and Kareena Rios, school board member for the School District of Lancaster, will discuss the question: “Why is inequity in our schools so hard to address?” The Carter G. Woodson lecture is the first part of a three-part series that includes a forum (March 14) on “What is equity and justice in education?” and an Engage for Change Journal writing workshop (March 19) on “How to address equity and justice in education in the publication.”

Currently, Stovall is a professor in the departments of Black Studies and criminology, law & justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree in history, his master’s degree in educational policy studies and his Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Stovall’s contributions led him to play a pivotal role as a member of the design team for the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice. Expanding his commitment to community engagement, students and educators, his impact is evident in his participation in the Peoples Education Movement. This movement brings together classroom teachers, community members, students and university professors in Chicago, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area to collaborate on community projects and develop relevant curricula. Alongside his role as a professor at UIC, Stovall dedicated his time as a volunteer social studies teacher at the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice from 2005 to 2018.

The Carter G. Woodson Lecture series has been a part of Millersville University since the early 1990s and continues to bring African American activists to the University. It is named after Carter G. Woodson, an acclaimed writer and African American activist.

For more information, contact Dr. Caleb Corkery


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