A Critical Analysis of Rural Poverty

Imagine being a child, having to stand at the bus stop in 5am darkness, take an hour and a half long bus ride on an empty stomach, and come to school having to fully focus in the classroom?  Where would the child focus his or her attention when in the classroom?  According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the most fundamental basis to attend to is one’s physiological needs, if not, the human body cannot function effectively.  Children living in rural poverty often face food and Continue reading →

ECU reading education faculty member works with veterans, families & WWII survivors in Saipan

Dr. Anne Ticknor, ECU associate professor in reading education, completed a second trip to Saipan to implement a second series of the discussion program, War in the Pacific: A Difficult Heritage. This program, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Standing Together initiative, is unique in that it targets a poorly represented and supported veteran community – Indigenous Pacific Islanders. According to the U.S. Census there are 27, 469 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander veterans living in the United States, and 685 in Saipan. Continue reading →

Join us for the Diversity Committee Fall Speaker Event

Diversity Committee Fall Speaker Event Brown Bag Session Tuesday, November 7, 2017 12:30 – 1:30 Speight 203 The College of Education Diversity Committee invites you to the first session of our 2017-2018 Speaker Series. In our first session through a conversational format, Dr. Mikakka Overstreet will share her work and insights on cultural diversity and equity. There will be time for questions and discussion. This brown bag session is a chance for the college community to engage in dialogue and gain new insights on diversity Continue reading →

Blaisdell Elected to CRSEA Board

Dr. Ben Blaisdell, Ph.D., ECU College of Education Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research, was elected treasurer of the Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA).CRSEA is an interdisciplinary consortium of experts who recognize global implications of race and education for minoritized people. Through scholarship, CRSEA works to identify and expose racial inequity for the ultimate eradication of white supremacy. CRSEA is an interdisciplinary consortium of experts who recognize global implications of race and education for minoritized people. Through scholarship, CRSEA Continue reading →

College of Education Announces Profiles in Diversity Honorees

Two members of the ECU College of Education faculty were named the annual honorees for the Profiles in Diversity award at the college’s convocation Friday, Aug. 18. Dr. Loni Crumb and Dr. Anne Ticknor were named the 2017-2018 honorees for Profiles in Diversity. Started in 2015, the Profiles in Diversity award recognizes faculty or staff from across the ECU College of Education for their commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and social justice in their life and work. Special attention is given to faculty and Continue reading →

New study looks at the impact of same-race teachers

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – A new study focusing on North Carolina students says black educators can help black students in the classroom. Morticia Walston teaches second grade at Trent Road elementary school in New Bern. “Where there is no vision, the people perish,” said Walston, quoting the book of Proverbs. “If they don’t see someone that looks like them, then they have no place to go.” She said being in front of this classroom is where she is meant to be. “I just always Continue reading →

Alumnus Levy Brown named vice president of student services at Vance-Granville Community College

Alumnus Levy Brown has been named vice president of student services at Vance-Granville Community College in Henderson effective May 15. Brown received an ECU 40 Under 40 Leadership Award in 2016. The Division of Student Affairs created the awards in April 2015 to recognize emerging leaders who received their start at ECU as well as those who have used their ECU experiences to make significant impacts in their professions, communities and in the world. Brown received his bachelor’s degree in communication in 2002 and a Continue reading →

Education students receive outstanding student research awards

College of Education students Jeanann Woodard and Zachary Dale have been awarded prizes by Joyner Library for outstanding student research. The eighth annual Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize for student research winners were announced at an April 5 ceremony in Joyner’s Special Collections Reading Room. Established by the late Ann Schwarzmann to honor William and Emily Rhem and Theodore and Ann Schwarzmann, the Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize recognizes outstanding research papers written by sophomores, juniors and seniors at East Carolina University. Eligibility criteria required students to use the library’s special Continue reading →

Latinx Communities in the United States

Latinx individuals comprise the largest and one of the fastest growing ethnic minority groups in the United States (Torres et al, 2012), yet the diversity within this vast group is often overlooked. Educators and helping professionals have the responsibility to educate themselves in regards to culture, identity, and diversity of the individuals that they work with to better serve them. As a member of these communities I am often expected to represent the entire group of people, even if I was born and raised in Continue reading →