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UVA Students Present Research on Race, Education

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UVA students presenting research on topics relating to race and education. UVA students presenting research on topics relating to race and education.
UVA students presenting research on topics relating to race and education. UVA students presenting research on topics relating to race and education.
Symposium for the Center for Race and Public Education in the South Symposium for the Center for Race and Public Education in the South
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Graduate students from the University of Virginia are presenting their research on topics relating to race and education. Their work is being showcased this week during a symposium for the Center for Race and Public Education in the South.

Many of these students conducted research in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area, but some of their studies also encompassed the entire commonwealth.

Tuesday, October 9, the students presented their work to various community members and scholars across the country. Some of the research studies included examining the refugee language learning experience in the Charlottesville area, as well as looking at the opportunities of education for African-American nurses from the 1950s to 1980s.

“Often we don't end up where we are by accident, and so my hope is through this research in looking at the experiences of black nurses in Virginia during the 1950s and 1980s we have an opportunity to dismantle discriminatory practices,” said UVA graduate student Victoria Tucker.

The Center for Race and Public Education in the South is currently working with Charlottesville and Albemarle County school systems to think of ways to use some of these students' research.

“We don't have the solutions, there are no panaceas. We want to have some conversations, and we want to work together with the communities to come up with viable solutions,” said Derrick Aldridge, the center’s director.

The symposium continues Wednesday at the Curry School of Education, featuring additional discussions about race and higher education.