In this episode, Dr. Hettie V. Williams is in conversation with Dr. Nicole Pulliam inaugural Director of Monmouth University’s Social Justice Academy. The Monmouth University Social Justice Academy, generously funded by the Grunin Foundation, offers direct support to K-12 school systems in Monmouth and Ocean counties for their ongoing social justice education and curriculum development efforts.
The academy kicked off its inaugural class in July 2021 with a two-week inaugural summer workshop to establish a strong experiential foundation for the program and will continue throughout the year with a year-long professional development series, including seminars and lectures led by experts in diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2022, the Social Justice Academy will expand to include five two-week summer workshops. Each academy cohort will be engaged in vibrant discussions that foster professional development growth on social justice issues in education. At the conclusion of the academy, participants will be positioned to serve as social justice leaders within their schools and throughout their districts, while implementing the core curriculum and practices gained during the academy. The goal is to imbue new practices, new thinking, and new dispositions into the fabric of the interactions between students and school professionals to create a more equitable experience for their students. There is no cost to participating K-12 schools or individual educators.