Equity and Social Justice Webinar Series

The BU Wheelock Equity and Social Justice webinar series features academic and community experts in dialogue about a wide variety of topics related to equity and social justice. The series provides context to the current and future state of social justice and equity in education and human development and strives to equip participants with tools to take action.

Primarily designed for practitioners in education and human development, our webinars may also hold interest to parents and those interested in equity and social justice issues. BU Wheelock Equity and Social Justice webinars are free and open to all. We particularly welcome alumni, BU colleagues, and partners from the greater Boston community. Most webinars occur on Thursdays at 3-4 p.m. (ET).

Boston University strives to be accessible, inclusive, and diverse in our facilities, programming, and academic offerings. Your experience of the BU Wheelock Equity and Social Justice webinar series is important to us. If you wish to request accommodations for a webinar (typically visual, ASL, closed captioning, etc.), please contact wheelockevents@bu.edu 10 working days before the webinar to discuss your needs.

Recordings of our webinars are available on our YouTube channel and also air on the Boston Neighborhood Network.

Upcoming Webinars

Directly Addressing Bias and Stereotypes with Young Children and Families

Thursday, October 21st, 2021, 3:30pm-4:30pm

Following up on the popular webinar, Talking with Children and Families about Differences and Equity, this session will help adults name and address incidences of bias regarding race, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, and disability with young children (up to age 8). We will explore why it is important for adults to build their own awareness and skills for responding to bias and stereotypes as the first step in addressing these issues with children. We will address concerns that prevent us from explicitly addressing these topics with young children, and how to move past this hesitancy to directly talk with young children about stereotypes, bias, exclusion, and bullying based on differences.


Melody Brazo, education consultant

Ellie Friedland, clinical associate professor at BU Wheelock

Eleonora Villegas-Reimers, clinical professor, department chair for teaching & learning at BU Wheelock


Christina Dobbs, assistant professor at BU Wheelock


Education Leadership in 2021: A Conversation with 3 Dynamic School Leaders at a Pivotal Time in Educational History

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Co-sponsored by the BU Wheelock Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

Learn how three renowned educators are leading their schools and a city through a pandemic, learning loss, and racial injustice. Tune in for a free-flowing dialogue where these secondary school leaders will share their thoughts and anecdotes on the challenges, opportunities, and trends in the field of education in 2021. Topics will include their personal and career journey, student support, higher education, partnerships, cultural competency/diversity, teacher recruitment, lessons learned from the pandemic, and more.

Current and future school leaders, educators, stakeholders, and college students will enjoy this rare opportunity to engage with three renowned Boston and national leaders in education.


Gene Roundtree (CGS’99, COM’01) Secondary School Superintendent, Boston Public Schools Former Head of School, Snowden International School at Copley

Rachel Skerritt Head of School, Boston Latin School

William Thomas (SAR’97, Wheelock’04) Head of School, New Mission High School


Reggie Jean (CAS’95, Wheelock‘05) Director, Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science 2021

Lucy Wheelock Alumni Award Recipient


Past Webinars

Click here for an archive of our 2020 webinars!

1/28/2021: Using a Partnership Model to Support College Access and Student Success


2/4/2021: How to Use the Books You Choose: Elevating the Status of Marginalized Identities in Children’s Literature through Classroom Teaching


3/11/2021: Reimagining Civic Education For Equity


3/18/2021: Supporting English Learner with Disabilities: A Collaborative Approach to Education and Advocacy


4/7/2021: Talking with Young Children and Families about Difference and Equity


4/15/2021: The Untapped Potential of Listening Over Speaking: A Funds of Knowledge Approach for Building Teacher-Student Relationships


4/29/2021: Teaching History for Justice


6/3/2021: Choices & Challenges: Learning from Parents’ Experiences with School Choice for Students with Disabilities


6/18/2021: The Ryan Symposium: Reclaiming Civic Friendship