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Mission Statement

We prepare transformational leaders as highly qualified teachers, reflective practitioners, effective administrators and engaged researchers who influence educational policies and practices relevant to Black and other underserved populations; we empower individuals, schools, and communities; and we promote racial and social justice.

Core Values

Excellence–We value the relentless pursuit of excellence and integrity in teaching, research and service.

Disciplined inquiry–We value transformational, rigorous, systematic and culturally affirming scholarship that promotes and advances Black and other underserved communities.

Equity and inclusion–We value a climate that is inclusive, open and welcoming to diversity of people, ideas, and perspectives all aimed toward promoting equity, racial equality and social justice.

Service–We value service to our local, national and global communities through advocacy, professional development and education.

Innovation–We value innovation for advancing learning, discovery, research and practice.

Collaboration–We value collaborations and partnerships across sectors/disciplines aimed at co-constructing solutions for reducing disparities and improving equity.

Continuous improvement–We value ongoing self-reflection, evaluation and use of results for continuous improvement of programs and services.