Undergraduate Teacher Education

Anti-Racism Starts with Education

One of the School of Education and Human Development’s newest faculty members is using education to take on anti-racism.  Larissa Malone, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, was the keynote speaker at the Illinois Association of Teacher Education in Private Colleges (IATEPC) Fall 2020 Conference which was themed 'Difficult Conversations.’  Malone’s keynote address, entitled "Sounding the Alarm: Assessing, Framing, and Responding to Equity as a Crisis,” was hopefully the first of many future presentations that will further Malone’s message of the need to address anti-racism with some of the most influential members in children’s lives, their teachers.

“[I]f we have any hope of education living up to its promise of, as Nelson Mandela states, 'the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,’ we must fortify our teacher education programs that produce our future teachers,” says Malone.  “The IATEPC membership consists of the leaders of these programs and it was my hope to motivate, inspire, and challenge each of them to enact positive curricula changes that center equity from the moment their pre-service teacher enters their program through their student teacher internship and beyond.”

Malone will present her keynote speech again to the local education community at the Southern Maine Partnership on February 10, 2021.  Please click here for more information and to register for this free event. 

Click here for more information and resources about anti-racism at USM.