The Hub for Equity, Anti-Oppression, Research, and Development

HEARD: The Hub for Equity, Anti-Oppression, Research, and Development was launched in 2018. HEARD’s aim is to draw together members of the Penn GSE community committed to equity and anti-oppression scholarship — and to provide opportunities for continuing learning and research. 

Issues of race and diversity have long been important to Penn GSE, and research around these topics cuts across the school with multiple faculty members, staff, and students tackling issues of racial literacy, systemic racism, gender equity, and linguistic diversity from different disciplinary perspectives.

HEARD includes the study of anti-oppression more broadly and welcomes Penn GSE students, faculty, and staff interested in various anti-oppression topics. HEARD provides activities such as reading groups, grant-writing seminars, quantitative and qualitative certificate programs, and extra discussion/interaction time with Visiting Faculty Scholars of Color. 

Drs. Jessie Harper and Manuel S. González Canché serve as inaugural directors. HEARD is located in Solomon B51, where community members are invited to use the resource library or computer and to gather for informal conversations.

Contact Us


University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

3720 Walnut Street, Solomon B51
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 573-0542


Twitter: @HEARDatPennGSE

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Reading List

  • "An Anti-Racist Reading List," by Ibram X. Kendi (The New York Times)
  • The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin
  • I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown 
  • Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence, by Geoffrey Canada
  • Closing the Opportunity Gap: What America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance, edited by Prudence L. Carter and Kevin G. Welner 
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo
  • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, by Jennifer L. Eberhardt 
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed, by Paulo Freire
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students, by Zaretta L. Hammond
  • Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom, by Bell Hooks
  • Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, by Mira Jacob
  • "What is Owed," by Nikole Hannah-Jones (The New York Times Magazine)
  • How to Be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. Kendi
  • So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, by Cathy Park Hong
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
  • "The State is Failing Black People," by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (The New York Times)
  • Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America, by Cornel West and Kelvin Shawn Sealey
  • "How the coronavirus is surfacing America’s deep-seated anti-Asian biases," by Li Zhou (Vox)

2018-2020 HEARD Events

Inaugural Staff Reading Initiative: Violence Against Women of Color

September 28, 2018

Dr. Jessie Harper led the discussion about Kimberle Crenshaw’s article, “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color.” In her article, Crenshaw explores both the gendered and racial dimensions of violence against women of color.


Staff Reading Initiative: The Racial Wealth Gap

October 26, 2018

Dr. Alex Posecznick facilitated the discussion about a short video in the Netflix Original Series entitled “Explained – The Racial Wealth Gap.” In this video, Cory Booker and others discuss how slavery, housing discrimination, and centuries of inequality have compounded to create a racial wealth gap.


An Evening with Brian Burt

November 6, 2018

In an informal conversation with faculty, staff, and students, Dr. Brian Burt discussed his recent NSF Award and challenges of navigating the professoriate as a faculty member of color. Dr. Burt was a participant in Penn GSE’s Visiting Faculty Scholars of Color Lecture Series.


Grant Crafting Series: Gaining Insight from the Real-World Student and Faculty Perspectives

November 27, 2018

Our inaugural grant-writing workshop was facilitated by Dr. Manuel González Canché, Associate Professor of Education, and Higher Ed Ph.D. students: Adam Edgerton, Ji Yeon Bae, and Taylor K. Odle. 


Staff Reading Initiative: Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

November 30, 2018

Dr. Ann Tiao facilitated a discussion on the article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” by Anne-Marie Slaughter. In her article, Slaughter discusses the balancing act that women face while working and raising children. She also outlines what needs to change both in workplaces and in society to create equal opportunities for all working women.


Staff Reading Initiative: Mental Health

January 25, 2019

This session was facilitated by Jinxi Yu, Wellness Coordinator for Penn GSE’s Student Services. We began the session by watching a video in the Netflix Original Series entitled “13 Reasons Why.” This video chronicles events in the life of a student as she confronts mental health challenges. The screening was followed by a discussion on the topic.


Baltimore Rising Screening

January 29, 2019

Dr. Atiya Strothers, Postdoctoral Fellow for Diversity, facilitated a discussion with members of the Penn GSE community about Baltimore Rising. Baltimore Rising follows the Baltimore demonstrations and protests in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray, an African American man who died in police custody.


Grant Crafting Series with J. Cameron Anglum, Ph.D. Student in Education Policy

March 19, 2019

J. Cameron Anglum, recipient of the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, discussed his thorough process and steps for successfully receiving this prestigious award with students, faculty, and staff.


Staff Reading Initiative: Linguiscism

March 29, 2019

Dr. Diane Larsen-Freeman, Visiting Senior Fellow in Education Linguistics, will facilitate a discussion on “Linguiscism.” We will discuss various readings that interrogate structures of power and the re/production of forms of oppression related to language.


Grant Crafting Series with Nelson Flores, Associate Professor of Education

April 4, 2019

Dr. Nelson Flores, Associate Professor of Education, was the recipient of a Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2017. He will discuss what the grant aimed to accomplish and his steps for successfully receiving this award.


Introduction to LaTeX Workshop

April 12, 2019

Learn to use LaTeX with Dr. Manuel González Canché, Associate Professor of Education at the Introduction to LaTeX Workshop. This powerful tool saves researchers effort and time when preparing manuscripts.


Participants come together for a photo after the screening and discussion of The Hate U Give.

The Hate U Give Movie Night

September 27, 2019

The screening and facilitated discussion of the movie, The Hate U Give was co-sponsored by Student Services and HEARD, the Hub for Equity, Anti-Oppression, Research, and Development. Dr. Ann Tiao and Imani Harvin facilitated the discussion.


Christopher Ashford

Staff Reading Initiative: “A Report From Occupied Territory”

November 8, 2019

Dr. Christopher Ashford, Executive Director of Penn Futures, facilitated a discussion on James Baldwin's essay, "A Report From Occupied Territory." Baldwin, an American novelist, playwright, and activist, explored intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies.

Staff Reading Initiative: Screening of “Unnatural Causes”

January 24, 2020

Dr. Jessie Harper led the discussion about the second episode of the video series, “Unnatural Causes.” The second episode, “When the Bough Breaks,” illustrates how a lifetime of exposures to racism can literally get inside the body and affect the health of newborns.


Grant Crafting Series: “Crafting Successful Dissertation Funding Proposals”

February 10, 2020

Adam Kirk Edgerton, Ph.D. Candidate in Education Policy and recipient of the 2019 NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellow, discussed his thought process and steps for receiving this prestigious award. 

Penn GSE's Dr. Marsha RichardsonGreen Book Movie Night

February 28, 2020

Dr. Marsha Richardson, Senior Lecturer, facilitated a discussion after the screening of the movie, Green Book. The movie follows an African-American classical pianist and his working class Italian-American driver as they tour the pre-civil rights era American South.

Dr. Ariane ThomasStaff Reading Initiative: “A New Paradigm for Valuing Black Communities”

July 10, 2020

Dr. Ariane Thomas facilitated a discussion about the podcast from the Brookings Institute entitled, “A New Paradigm for Valuing Black Communities.” This podcast features Dr. Andre Perry’s book about Black cities whose assets and strengths are undervalued, and offers a new paradigm for determining the value of Black communities.