Teaching for Equity Fellows Program

Workshop Faculty

Tema OkunDr. Tema Okun will anchor this program. Dr. Okun is nationally known for her work as a racial justice educator and brings decades of experience facilitating race equity work in university and classroom settings, as well as in the community. She is the author of the award-winning book The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race and Racism to People Who Don’t Want to Know and publishes extensively about the pedagogy of teaching about race and racism. She brings considerable interdisciplinary teaching experience at the university and college level. Her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Cultural Studies as well as her years of experience founding and leading the consulting group Dismantling Racism Works grounds her understanding of pedagogical content and processes related to race equity and racial justice. In her role at dRworks, she serves as a consultant and coach to school leaders working to embed a race equity lens into the curriculum and operations of their schools.
Krista Robinson-LylesDr. Krista Robinson-Lyles is the founder and president of HOPE Education Group. She has a 22-year history in the field of education that includes varied roles in urban, suburban, public, and private elementary schools, as well as the university classroom.  At the university level, Dr. Robinson-Lyles has been actively engaged in teaching, scholarship and school-based support. Included in her instructional repertoire are undergraduate and graduate courses for Elementary Education teacher candidates, as well as supervision of these candidates in their early and student teaching field placements.  Through her work at HOPE, she is committed to creating positive, sustainable cultures for learning where equity is embedded in the lived experience of the entire schooling community.  To that end, she serves as a consultant and coach in public and private schools in support of teaching and leading for equity in pedagogy and in practice. She has researched, written, and presented on issues of culturally relevant pedagogy and educational equity.  Her scholarly interests include literacy instruction, culturally relevant pedagogy, equity pedagogy, and critical democratic education.  She is the coauthor, with her daughter, of The Beautiful Book, as well as contributing author to Paradigms of Research for the 21st Century: Perspectives and Examples from Practice.


Workshop Direction and Coordination

Barbara LauBarbara Lau is director of the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center/Franklin Humanities Institute where she connects her commitment to justice with her belief in the power of community practice.  She teaches for departments across campus about the history of race, place and social activism in Durham, LGBTQ oral history, and feminist approaches to public history. Lau has 20 years experience as a folklorist, curator, professor, oral historian, media producer and author. Her projects include curating the exhibition Pauli Murray: Imp, Crusader, Dude, Priest; producing To Buy the Sun, an original play about Pauli Murray; and co-directing the Face Up: Telling Stories of Community Life community mural project. She is also the lead developer of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, a non-profit organization focused on transforming Murray’s childhood home into a national center for history, education, the arts and social mobilization. She has published articles in The Public Historian and the North Carolina Folklore Journal and authored an award winning children’s book. Lau is a recipient of Duke’s 2014 Samuel DuBois Cook Society Award, the 2012 Carlie B. Sessoms Award from the Durham Human Relations Commission and the 2011 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for humanitarian service. She earned a BA in Sociology/Urban Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in folklore at the University of North Carolina.

Emily Stewart is the program coordinator for the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute. She is a skilled facilitator who brings a decade of experience working with young people, designing workshops and retreats informed by Quaker process, and advocating for social justice in both nonprofit and higher education settings. She has completed training with the Alternatives to Violence Project, Beyond Diversity 101, Dismantling Racism Works (dRworks), and the Racial Equity Institute. In the past academic year, she organized a yearlong speaker series titled Our Right to Place: Gentrification and Durham’s Future, initiated a staff book group focused on racial justice education, and developed the proposal for a two-day dRworks training specifically for staff at Duke.  She has a BA in Sociology with minors in Feminist Studies and Spanish from Southwestern University.