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.

Drs. Harper and González Canché

Drs. Jessie Harper and Manuel S. González Canché

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


2018-2019 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.