Advancing Inclusive Education Using Equity by Design for Students of Color with Learning Disabilities

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Aug 29 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

In this EquiLearn Virtual Roundtable hosted by Equity Fellow Dr. Taucia Gonzalez, there will an open dialogue space for those committed to inclusive education, with a push to move from thinking about inclusion into general education, to thinking about equity by design for students of Color with learning disabilities (LDs). Dr. Gonzalez will introduce the notion of equity by design as a critical part of remedying histories of exclusion, by creating critical and emancipatory learning ecologies for bilingual students of Color—with and without LDs.


This Virtual Roundtable will:

  • Push participants to commit to inclusive education beyond thinking about access to general education, to thinking about access to critical, emancipatory spaces
  • Introduce the notion of equity by design as an equity construct
  • Introduce the University of Wisconsin’s 2020 summer youth institute as a model for equity by design for students of Color with/out LDs

Following this virtual roundtable, you will be able to:

  • Reframe how access and inclusion can move beyond general education to include critical and emancipatory spaces of opportunities
  • Understand how equity by design can further push your thinking about inclusive education
  • Gauge to which critical spaces your bilingual students with/out LDs have access


About Dr. Taucia Gonzalez

Dr. Taucia Gonzalez is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research addresses issues of equity and inclusion for emergent bilingual students with and without learning disabilities. She is currently working on a project funded by the University of Wisconsin’s Grand Challenges initiative that examines the work Hmong and Latinx parents and youth do to create more equitable and inclusive schools. The second strand of her research focuses on preparing teachers to work at the intersection of language and ability differences. Taucia has spent close to 20 years working in and with Latinx communities as an educator and education researcher. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that prepare future practitioners and researchers to create more inclusive educational systems across intersecting markers of difference.