Dean’s letter: The act of education is an act of hope and imagination

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The act of education is an act of hope and imagination. Anti-Black racism, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the pandemic and climate change have all exposed habits of educational and societal practice that ask us to act and imagine new ways forward.

Sharon Murphy
Sharon Murphy

The Faculty of Education is constantly working to enliven new visions of education and society, visions of possibility, equity and social justice. This is difficult work, but it must be done individually and collectively. Our work focuses not only inward on curriculum and pedagogy, but very much looks outward towards the idea of education being situated within a complex and seemingly evermore fragile world.

Our engagements reflect these interests, whether they be on reducing the impact of COVID-19 on the homeless, engaging in conversations about anti-oppression and anti-Black racism, or reconceiving how we think of young children as they enter into their own engagements with the social world.

Our pedagogical and research engagements extend from our campus sites to our neighbourhood communities and to several provinces of Canada and countries of the world. In our actions of trying to make sense of and share the world with others, we aspire toward cultivating momentum for new educational and social realities.

Sharon Murphy
Interim Dean, Faculty of Education