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Critical Conversations in Urban Education

Critical Conversation in Urban Education Film Screening Series

Note: Planning is currently underway for events for the 2018-2019 academic year. Information should be posted in October, 2018.

April 26, 2018

Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America

Drexel University School of Education's Critical Conversations in Urban Education is proud to host a screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed documentary "Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America." The film illustrates the intersection of queer and immigrant issues, highlighting the challenges facing LGBTQA+ individuals growing up in the rural south. Moises Serrano's story demonstrates courage, conviction and an unyielding desire to succeed.

The event will include a presentation with Jesus Cisneros, PhD, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Foundations at the University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. Cisneros takes a critical interdisciplinary approach to education policy and practice, providing a nuanced and complex understanding of the intersection of sexual identity and immigration status. Dr. Cisneros presentation: Undocuqueer: Coming Out of the Shadows and the Closet will provide further insight into the critical themes presented in the documentary.

March 16, 2018

Teach Us All

Drexel University School of Education's Critical Conversations in Urban Education Lecture Series hosted a special free screening of the critically acclaimed documentary "Teach Us All." The film focuses on the issue of education inequality, set against the backdrop of the 1957 Little Rock school crisis. Sixty years after the Little Rock Nine, we look at the current state of education to see where inequalities and challenges still exist in schools all across the country.

The film was followed by a panel discussion with diverse voices in education including:

  • Kenya Nation, Philadelphia Public School Parent
  • Deborah Gordon Khler, Executive Director, Education Law Center
  • Christian Edge, Director of K-12 School Work, Drexel University
  • Kwan Hopkins, Philadelphia Public School Student
  • Anea Moore, Philadelphia Public School Graduate and First Generation College Student


February 28, 2018

Don't Tell Anyone

Critical Conversations in Urban Education (CCUE) hosted a screening of the award-winning documentary "Don't Tell Anyone” (Ne Le Digas a Nadie) on February 28, 2018 at Only Charter High School in Philadelphia. The documentary is based on the real life story of 24-year old Angy Rivera, an undocumented youth living in New York City who became an important activist and voice for Dreamers in NYC and across the country.

CCUE also invited two panelists, Catherine Miller-Wilson, Executive Director at HIAS Pennsylvania, and Olivia Vasquez, a community organizer at Juntos, an immigration rights organization, to address questions from the audience after the film screening. Olivia Vazquez is a DACA recipient from Mexico. During her high school years, she experienced first hand the many barriers that undocumented young people faced in this country which lead to be an advocate for immigrant community and to be a co-founder of the youth group at Juntos, an immigrant rights organization in south Philadelphia. Cathryn Miller-Wilson has spent her career doing social justice work: representing parents accused of abuse and neglect at Community Legal Services, Inc., representing persons with HIV/AIDS at the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and teaching and supervising law students who represented low income persons in a variety of civil matters at both Drexel University School of Law and Villanova University School of Law.  

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Chapter - National Association for Multicultural Education (PA-NAME), CCUE will be hosted PA-NAME’s 20th Annual Conference.

March 16-17, 2018

NAME's Mission: NAME is a non-profit organization that advances and advocates for equity and social justice through multicultural education.


  • To provide opportunities for learning in order to advance multicultural education, equity and social justice.
  • To proactively reframe public debate and impact current and emerging policies in ways that advance social, political, economic and educational equity through advocacy, position papers, policy statements and other strategies.
  • To provide the preeminent digital clearinghouse of resources about educational equity and social justice.

Conference participants, as well as the public, are invited to attend a special screening on the critically acclaimed education documentary "Teach Us All."Click here to register.


Additional Events and Convenings

November 18, 2017

In collaboration with the international architectural firm Perkins Eastman, the Critical Conversations in Urban Education convened three sessions of experts—two in Washington, DC at Drexel’s DC Center, and one at Drexel’s University City Campus—to explore the issues relating to the impact of school design on educational outcomes. Participation has come from administrators of public school systems, architects, think tanks, government officials such as Pennsylvania Senator Vincent Hughes, leaders of national not-for-profits, and faculty from Drexel University's School of Education. To view an unedited recording of the first event, please click on the link below.The convenings have sprouted the new Collaborative on Design and Educational Outcomes, spearheaded by Drexel and Perkins Eastman.

Session #1 at Drexel University Washington DC Center

Session #2 at Drexel University Washington DC Center


March 20th, 2018

Critical Conversations in Urban Education, in collaboration with Loyola Maryland University’s School of Education, has initiated a series of convenings of practitioners in adult education. The first convening took place at Drexel's Washington DC Center on March 20th, 2018. The mission of the convenings is to determine how adult civic literacy and civic engagement in the U.S. can be enhanced. You can view the recordings of the event below.

Part 1

Part 2