'Great Eight' to serve as special guests at Critical Race Studies in Education conference at IUPUI

INDIANAPOLIS -- "The Great Eight," eight African-American women who received their doctorates from the Indiana University School of Education in 2016, will be special guests during the Critical Race Studies in Education Association conference, hosted by the IU School of Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, May 31-June 2.

The Critical Race Studies in Education Association is an interdisciplinary consortium of scholar-activists committed to racial justice in schools, from preschool through higher education. The conference's presidential reception will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1, in the Hine Hall ballroom and will feature the Great Eight.

Jasmine Haywood, Demetrees Hutchins, Tiffany Kyser, Shannon McCullough, Nadrea Njoku, Jada Phelps Moultrie, Juhanna Rogers and Johari Shuck comprise the group, which made national headlines for their collective accomplishments.

Six of the women -- Haywood, Hutchins, McCullough, Njoku, Rogers and Shuck -- were in the School of Education's Higher Education and Student Affairs program; Kyser and Phelps Moultrie were in the Urban Education Studies program based in Indianapolis.

"While it has been significant to see them graduate and achieve all that they have, it's also amazing to know these scholars are equipped to make big changes," said Robin Hughes, executive associate dean of the School of Education at IUPUI. "They are social justice educators, and when they see inequity, they cannot sit on their hands."

At the presidential reception, the women will announce their next initiative, The Great Eight Scholarship, which will benefit students in the School of Education at IUPUI.

For additional information about The Great Eight Scholarship, contact any one of the Great Eight at thegreat8sistas@gmail.com.

For additional information about the Critical Race Studies in Education conference, contact Natasha Flowers at nflowers@iupui.edu or 317-278-3037. Register for the conference and see the schedule online.

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