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February 14 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Planning your next steps surrounding equity, belonging, and love? Unpacking tools and strategies, through the lens of the DEI practitioner is the first step. This keynote will discuss the challenges of equity work and assist with the journey of creating inclusive and liberatory environments of learning. In this critical discussion, Dr. Erika will highlight a starting point to implement and support learning environments. Prepare for the work ahead by delving into what it takes to ensure equity is a growing mindset in your day-to-day work through this talk!
Dr. Erika L. McDowell is a former NJ governor’s award recipient and honors graduate of Howard University, New York University, and earned her EdD from Drexel University in Educational Leadership and Management, in May 2020. Erika currently is an Equity Steward for Wildflower Schools and a clinical associate professor of educational leadership and policy at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. Dr. McDowell has received the Association for Positive Behavior Support’s 2020 E.G. “Ted” Carr Early Career Practitioner Award and has been elected to the APBS Board of Directors for the 2021-2024 term, serving in the inaugural Racial and Ethnic Diversity Seat. Most recently, Erika was honored as one of Drexel’s 40 under 40 in 2022. She has also served as an Executive Director of Professional Development and Director of PBIS/Youth Court for The School District of Philadelphia. Other positions previously held include assistant principal and teacher. Her in-depth experience includes restorative practices, equity, positive behavioral support, conflict resolution, classroom management, coaching, leadership development, and behavioral data support. Dr. McDowell is committed to nurturing the minds and gifts of leaders, teachers, practitioners, and youth nationwide.