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Crossing Borders at the American Educational Research Association (AERA)

The UOC will be represented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the most prestigious conference in the field of educational research in the United States, which this year will take place in Chicago from 13 to 16 April.

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, are co-coordinating a symposium that was selected from more than 11,000 proposals submitted this year, and which brings together researchers from six universities in five countries to reflect on the first results of the project titled Crossing Borders to Connect Routes. Researching with educational communities to promote equity and fight racism towards immigrants in a post-pandemic world.

As Professor Adriana Ornellas points out, “participation in the AERA conference represents an excellent opportunity to transfer the first results of the Crossing Borders project to society, as well as making the UOC known in a highly relevant international forum and expanding networks in the field of educational research.”

The Crossing Borders project, led by the UOC’s Nodes research group and funded by the Spencer Foundation, aims to: 1) Analyse the systemic and post-pandemic inequities that affect the education of immigrants in five countries, 2) Understand how these inequities intersect with race, ethnicity, gender, social class and legal status in each context, and 3) Identify and transfer best policies and practices to reverse educational inequity and combat racism. In addition to the UOC, the university leading the research project, 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) are participating in the project.

As Professor Amalia Creus points out, “with this project, we contribute to generating knowledge about structural and emerging forms of educational inequality that impact the lives of many people, mainly racialised people, and those in situations of social vulnerability. This is a highly relevant issue that needs to be addressed in depth through research.”

The symposium, composed of five papers and their corresponding presentations, will be moderated by Professor Colette Daiute of the CUNY-Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Professors Amalia Creus and Adriana Ornellas, in addition to presenting the opening paper titled Researching With Educational Communities to Promote Equity in a Post-Pandemic World: Project Overview, will participate in two other papers: Learning from Diversity: Laying the Groundwork for a Transnational Case Study on Educational Inequity (Adriana Ornellas) and Media Discourses on Migration and Education in Post-Pandemic Times (Amalia Creus).

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