Black Excellence in Educational Studies 2021

We are looking for submissions for items to highlight during Black Excellence in Educational Studies for 2022!


We will be celebrating Black Excellence in Ed Studies during the first week of February and throughout the month. We are looking to highlight the many accomplishments of our Black faculty, staff, and students during this time. Please click here to share accomplishments such as awards, publications, presentations, etc. for us to highlight.




Why Anti-Racist, Culturally Responsive Education is Critical

February 16, 2021
4:30-5:30 p.m.


Dr. Donna Y. Ford
EHE Distinguished Professor, Department of Educational Studies
Special Education, Gifted Education and Culturally Responsive, Multicultural, Urban Education

Dr. James L. Moore III
EHE Distinguished Professor, Department of Educational Studies
Urban Education
Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer
Executive Director of the Bell National Resource Center

Dr. Cynthia Tyson
Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning
Literature for Children and Young Adults
Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education

With the events that have unfolded in the U.S. over the last year, the importance of anti-racist and culturally responsive education is high. As our nation continues to grapple with how we address racial inequity everywhere after witnessing the Black Lives Matter protests in response to systemic racism, how can educators promote racial equity in academic settings? Join this discussion as our panel addresses current events, the education gap, and how educators can create more inclusive educational settings.

Celebrating Black Excellence All Year

February 17, 2021
5-6 p.m.

Black excellence doesn’t just exist during one week, one month, or one holiday – but all year long. We should be celebrating the achievements of Black members of our community beyond designated times of year, but what is the best way to do that? Join this discussion as our alumni panel addresses how organizations can lift Black voices and institutionalize celebrating Black excellence.


Black Excellence in Our Students

HESA doctoral student Bryanna Stigger shares her passion for community service and how she supports her community through both her work and leadership position within her local NAACP chapter. Hear Bryanna’s story in the video.

Nate Stewart, a 4th-year doctoral candidate in educational policy and former middle school science teacher, has continuously pursued justice and equity for Black students at OSU and in the broader Columbus community.  Since joining the First Educational Experience Program (FEEP) team as a GTA in 2017, Nate has contributed significantly to the programs’ shift to centering equity and justice, co-created the FEEP Students of Color (FSOC) group and pushed for anti-racist curriculum for pre-service teachers.  The current study for his dissertation explores the dual political activity of BIPOC educators in their attempts to abolish and transform oppressive educational policy structures.  He situates his work in relation to collective, multiracial, multigeneration, multivocal, and multicultural movements for educational justice. Most recently, he presented his working-paper Black Educational Resistance: Toward Historical Understandings of Resistance at Bowling Green State University’s Black Issues Conference.

HESA doctoral candidate Jonathan Howe has published work on the experiences of Black athletic administrators & athletes. Over the past year, Jonathan has published a study on the racialized experiences of Black collegiate athletic administrators, another publication introducing a new framework to examine identity in Black male student-athletes, and an op-ed on racial identity and Black male student-athletes in the wake of the racial uprising in Summer 2020.

Ed Policy alum Stanley Gates II and Ed Admin program chair Dr. Karen Beard were recently awarded the Silver Case Award from the UCEA Awards. Watch them accept their award in the video link.

Ed Studies doctoral student Zayd Abukar shares about his work supporting underrepresented students during the Covid pandemic through the ODI Supplemental Instruction program.

Black Excellence in Our Faculty

Last summer, some of our faculty were joined by scholars from all over the country for the Dear White People discussion series, offered through EHE EDGE. Check out all of the videos on EGDE’s YouTube if you missed out on these outstanding, thoughtful discussions!

Our Educational Studies Diversity Committee has done tremendous work to promote a more inclusive environment. Check out the video to hear committee chair Dr. Karen Beard and Erin Clarke-Dorrell give an overview of the committee’s efforts.

Listen to EHE’s Inspire Podcast featuring Dr. Donna Y. Ford, “Black and gifted: A trailblazer’s backstory.” She tells her backstory on being gifted, black and poor in East Cleveland, and how it motivated her to create change for gifted children of color.

Three College of Education and Human Ecology professors are among 200 ranked as 2021’s most influential education scholars in the United States by Education Week.

The annual RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings consider more than 20,000 university scholars who shape educational practice and policy. The scholars were ranked by Rick Hess, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and blogger for Education Week, along with a 28-member selection committee.

EHE Distinguished Professor Donna Ford, a professor of special education, was ranked No. 55.

James L. Moore III, vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for Ohio State, ranked No. 75. Moore is also the college’s Distinguished Professor of Urban Education.

Lori Patton Davis, chair of the Department of Educational Studies and a professor of higher education and student affairs, was ranked No. 182.

Our Black faculty members continue to be educational leaders through their research and publications. This list represents just a sample of the publications our Black faculty have been responsible for over the past year. Click the link for a PDF version of the list above: Black Faculty Publications