Researching with educational communities to promote equity and fight racism towards immigrants in a post-pandemic world

News: Crossing Borders at the 2023 AERA Annual Meeting

As planned, last April, the Crossing Borders to Connect Routes team participated at the prestigious American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Three delegates from the UOC Nodes research group were in attendance, including Professors Amalia Creus, from the School of Information and Communication Sciences, Ines Martins, from the School of Communication and Design, and Adriana Ornellas, from the School of Psychology and Educational Sciences, co-coordinating this symposium, which was selected from among the more than 11,000 proposals submitted for this year’s event.

The Crossing Borders to Connect Routes project, which is led by members of the Nodes research group, and funded by the Spencer Foundation, aims to provide key insights into the systemic and emergent educational inequities faced by migrant and racialized students at all age levels, within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and across five countries and three continents, with team members also contributing from the City University of New York (USA), the University of Wisconsin (USA), the University of Malta (Malta), the Federal University of Goiás (Brazil) and the University of the Republic (Uruguay).

The symposium itself was moderated by Professor Colette Daiute of the CUNY-Graduate Center of the City University of New York, with five papers and their corresponding presentations, beginning with the opening presentation titled Researching with Educational Communities to Promote Equity in a Post-Pandemic World: Project Overview (Dr. Amalia Creus and Dr. Adriana Ornellas), and followed by COVID-19, Migration, and Educational Equity: A Transnational Literature Review (Dr. Dante Javier Santo, Dr. Mónica Elena Da Silva Ramos), Learning from Diversity: Laying the Groundwork for a Transnational Case Study on Educational Inequity (Dr. Lilian Ucker Perotto, Dr. Adriana Ornellas), Analyzing Educational Inequities Through Activity-Meaning Systems: The Authoritative Interaction of Immigrants in Policies and Laws (Dr. Colette Daiute, Ms Sham Habteselasse, Dr. Dante Javier Salto, Ms Madison R. Parola), and Media Discourses on Migration and Education in Post-Pandemic Times (Dr. Amalia Creus, Dr. David E. Zammit, Dr. Rachel Kluger, Dr. Inés Martins).

In addition to the symposium, some of our team members made an appearance during one of the AERA Poster Sessions, through the poster presented by our own Dr. Amalia Creus and Dr. Ines Martins, titled Exploring the Challenges of Extreme e-Service Learning in Higher Education, where they were able to discuss the UOC’s particular format and experience.

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