Dr. Rich Milner, a renowned researcher, scholar, and leader of urban education and teacher education, is the lecturer for this year’s Rosel Schewel Lecture. His talk, “Cultivating Relationships and a Sense of Belonging in Education and Community,” will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in Hall Campus Center’s Memorial Ballroom at the University of Lynchburg.
While on campus, Milner will also lead “Psychological and Mental Health During Trying Times,” a luncheon and workshop co-sponsored by the YWCA of Central Virginia from 12:30 to 2 p.m. that day.
Both events are free and open to the public, but tickets are required.
In his lecture, Milner will explore ways to design and cultivate interactions, experiences, policies, and practices that foster environments where people feel a deep, robust, and sustained sense of belonging.
Centering on issues of equity and justice, this lecture aims to help those in attendance think about and construct tools to help find value and connection and increase academic, social, and professional success.
Milner is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development.
His research, teaching, and policy interests concern urban education, teacher education, African American literature, and the social context of education. His research on practices and policies that support teacher effectiveness in urban schools has contributed significantly to the field of education in interconnected ways.
Milner is the author of seven books, including “Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today’s Classrooms,” “Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms,” and “‘These Kids Are Out of Control’: Why We Must Reimagine ‘Classroom Management’ for Equity.”
He also is the current president of the American Educational Research Association, the largest educational research organization in the world. In April 2022, Milner received the prestigious Joseph A. Johnson, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Professor Award, one of Vanderbilt University’s highest honors.
Registration for both events is open now. Reserve a spot for the luncheon workshop here and the lecture here. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both events are sponsored by the College of Education, Leadership Studies, and Counseling.
The annual Rosel Schewel Lecture in Education and Human Diversity is made possible by an endowment established by the late Elliot Schewel in honor of his late wife, Rosel. A faculty member in the School of Education and Human Development from 1973 to 1992, Rosel served as a mentor, facilitator, and community leader. The purpose of the event is to help educate citizens and focus discussion on a topic that is important to all Americans.