Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023 @ 4:30 pm

MILWAUKEE — Blake O’Neal Turner, mathematics educator and Marquette University’s 2022-23 Arnold L. Mitchem Dissertation Fellow, will present “Black Education Spaces: Black Liberatory Mathematics in the Margins,” the 2023 Mitchem Fellow Lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 4:30 p.m. at Raynor Memorial Libraries.

This lecture, sponsored by the College of Education and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, explores how two groups of educational stakeholders rarely consulted for their expertise – Black women mathematics teachers and early career Black mathematics scholars – are leveraging Black educational spaces to advance mathematics education practice and research toward liberation for Black learners. The activism of these two groups grappling with the possibilities of liberation demonstrates the promises and pitfalls of racial affinity groups in transforming the education enterprise broadly, and mathematics education specifically.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Media interested in attending the lecture should contact Kevin Conway, associate director of university communication, at kevin.m.conway@marquette.edu.

Turner is a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland, where she was selected for the 2022 Outstanding Graduate Student Distinguished Service Award, studying urban education with a concentration in mathematics education. She aims to continue to leverage her service as an educator, researcher and social justice advocate to build the capacity of teachers, teacher educators, and scholars to enact anti-racist and equitable pedagogies in the classroom and use research to expose and dismantle anti-blackness in education broadly, mathematics education specifically. Broadly, Turner’s research attends to the ways that mathematics education is an instantiation of an anti-black and white institutional space and how critical research methodologies, and theoretical frameworks can be used as a tool towards liberation for minoritized and marginalized communities, but particularly Black doers, learners, and teachers of mathematics.

Turner graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s in teaching secondary mathematics and special education. She also holds a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in measurement, evaluation, statistics and assessment.

The Arnold L. Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship Program is intended to increase the presence of underrepresented ethnic groups by supporting doctoral candidates in completing their final academic requirement, the dissertation. The fellow will be in residence at Marquette for an academic year, during which the recipient will teach one course in his or her area of specialization while completing his or her dissertation. The recipient will also participate in a formal mentoring program. The Mitchem Fellowship is named in honor of Dr. Arnold L. Mitchem, who earned his doctorate from Marquette in 1981 and is an internationally recognized champion of educational opportunity. Mitchem founded Marquette’s Educational Opportunity Program and served as its director from 1969 to 1986.

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