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Unapologetic Educational Research: Joy Gaston Gayles

Event Information

Addressing Anti-Blackness, Racism and White Supremacy
Thursday, Feb. 04, 2021
3-4 p.m. EST
Event Speaker: 
Joy Gaston Gayles, North Carolina State University

The Unapologetic Educational Research webinar series engages audiences in thinking about and reflecting on what it means to conduct educational research from a standpoint that honors Black lives in the research process, while also disrupting racism and white supremacy. Given the unprecedented moment we are all experiencing, we are committed to shifting the landscape of qualitative research and using this research to shift our sociopolitical context toward racial equity and justice.

In this webinar, Joy Gaston Gayles, professor of higher education at North Carolina State University, will share how to use critical perspectives to inform research and practice. 

It's no secret that racism and systemic bias are interwoven into the fabric of American society. If not careful, researchers and policymakers can become passive participants in producing research findings, policies and practices that sustain these inequitable systems and oppressive structures over time. Critical theories and perspectives give researchers tools to “see” what is often unseen, dismissed, and harmful to all of us. This talk will highlight some of the dangers in educational research that perpetuate inequities in education and society and work against anti-racism ideology and initiatives. The talk will conclude by challenging us to take risks (unapologetically) to disrupt the status quo to inform better research, policies and practices that are more equitable and just.


Joy Gaston Gayles, professor, North Carolina State University

Joy Gaston Gayles
Senior Advisor for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Program Coordinator and Professor of Higher Education
North Carolina State University, Dept. of Educational Leadership Policy, and Human Development

Gayles is nationally recognized through her service as a member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), the largest center for faculty development in the country. Gayles conducts workshops, facilitates webinars, and serves as a faculty coach for the center. She is currently a board member for the Association of the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (JSARP).