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Mathematician and educator Dr. Karen Morgan to discuss “Equal Access to Quality Mathematics Education: A Civil Rights Issue,” on April 9, 2015

As educational gaps are coming under scrutiny, one area rises to the surface continually: disproportionate numbers of African American, Latino, Native American, and poor students have educationally disadvantaged experiences in mathematics.

Dr. Karen Morgan, assistant provost and associate professor of mathematics at New Jersey City University, believes a holistic approach to mathematics education is needed to close the attainment gap of the student population. “As a nation, we desire citizens who are lifelong learners and mathematically literate workers,” says Morgan. “If a primary function of education is to create responsible culture makers, then learning must occur through interaction among the individual learner, the facilitator, the learners as a collective, and their cultures.”

Morgan will deliver the talk, “Equal Access to Quality Mathematics Education: A Civil Rights Issue,” on Thursday, April 9, 5:00pm, in Rockefeller Hall, room 300. This event is sponsored by the Quantitative Reasoning Center Endowment Fund and is free and open to the public.

A mathematician, administrator, educator, and poet, Morgan’s philosophical perspective of teaching centers on one ideological focus—to marry mathematics, psychology, philosophy, sociology, and pedagogy to create alternate means of assessment that are effective and produce measurable learning outcomes. She was a member of the Steering Committee for the 2012 Infinite Possibilities Conference—a national initiative designed to promote, educate, encourage and support minority women who are interested in mathematics and statistics. Morgan delivered the National Association of Mathematicians’ prestigious David Blackwell Lecture at the 2013 Mathematical Association of America’s MathFest. Morgan has achieved long-standing recognition for innovative pedagogical approaches to teaching and commitment to higher education. Acknowledgements of her contributions are evidenced by her being selected as a 2014 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education Scholar at Harvard University and a 2014-15 National Academies Education Fellow in the Sciences.

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Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, March 11, 2015