Dr. Terri N. Watson and the UB Graduate School of Education present: Creating the Beloved Community

Creating the Beloved Community: Spring Symposium


Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16, 2021


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Christopher Emdin, Dr. Shannon Waite, Dr. Noliwe Rooks, Dr. David Kirkland, Dr. Wendy Lutrell, and Dr. Terri N. Watson

Presented by

UB Graduate School of Education

Sponsored by
UB Graduate School of Education, CUNY, and the UB Center for Diversity Innovation


Register: https://ubgse.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eP5h6zMHUSoc1FQ 

A poster of photos of the conference keynote speakers.

Image courtesy of Dr. Terri N. Watson/UB GSE

Creating the Beloved Community: Spring Symposium

Come together to think deeply about the need to transform schools into "Beloved Communities" grounded in the "5 Cs:" Care, Courage, Critical Reflection, Commitment, and Community.  Two days of sessions featuring keynote speakers:

Dr. Christopher Emdin ("Care")

Dr. Noliwe Rooks ("Courage")

Dr. Shannon Waite ("Critical Reflection")

Dr. David Kirkland ("Commitment")

Dr. Wendy Lutrell ("Community")

Dr. Terri N. Watson ("Community")

SPONSOR: UB Graduate School of Education, CUNY, and the UB Center for Diversity Innovation


REGISTER HERE: https://ubgse.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eP5h6zMHUSoc1FQ 

Speaker Bios

Photo of Prof. Terri N. Watson, smiling, in front of bookshelves.

Dr. Terri N. Watson, UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar (Educational Leadership and Policy, Graduate School of Education)

Terri N. Watson is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at The City College of New York, The City University of New York. Her aim, as a scholar activist, is to improve the educational outcomes and life chances of historically excluded and underserved children and families. Her current research agenda examines parent engagement in urban schools and communities. Specifically, she is exploring the advocacy and efforts of Harlem’s mothers. While parent engagement is fundamental to student achievement and mandated in school improvement efforts, the efficacy of parents of color in general and Black women in particular are often undervalued and overlooked in education research. In addition, the current discourse on parent engagement privileges school-centered practices and hegemonic norms, placing parents and communities of color at a further disadvantage. My study will provide a counter narrative to traditional modes of parent engagement, while highlighting the ‘motherwork’ (Collins, 1994) of Black women. 

Notable Awards: Faculty Lead, Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research. The Graduate Center, The City University of New York; Mellon Faculty Fellow, The City University of New York; Article of the Year, Reframing parent involvement: What should urban school leaders do differently?  Leadership and Policy in Schools; Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Fellow, American Educational Research Association; Barbara L. Jackson Scholar, University Council for Educational Administration

Areas of Interest/Special Expertise: School leadership for social justice; critical race theory; black feminist theory/motherwork; critical discourse; working with UB’s aspiring teachers and school leaders to improve teacher efficacy, parent-community engagement, and student achievement in Buffalo’s public schools; promoting socially just school-communities.

PhD, Educational Leadership, Florida Atlantic University; MA, English Education, Teachers College, Columbia University; BA, Public Administration, St. John’s College, St. John’s University

This presentation will be offered free of charge online.