School of Education

Antiracism Speaker Series

Cultivating Genius and Joy in Education through Culturally and Historically Responsive Pedagogies

Dr Gholdy Muhammad(opens in new window)

Associate Professor of Literacy, Language, and Culture 
Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago 
Tuesday, March 5th, 2024
5:00 pm PST (7:00 pm CST, 8:00 pm EST) 
Watch party on campus in Butte 101 with refreshments OR join via ZOOM
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In this talk, Dr. Gholdy Muhammad offers a unique, culturally, and historically responsive approach to cultivating genius and joy in education. This approach is essential for accelerating the growth of all students and uniquely youth of color, who have been traditionally underserved in learning standards, policies, and school practices. She will present her equity framework, called the HILL Model, to help educators develop students’ histories, identities, literacies, and liberation. The HILL Model consists of five pursuits in teaching and learning: identity development, skill development, intellectual development,  and joy.

Dr. Gholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad is an Associate Professor of Literacy, Language, and Culture . She studies Black historical excellence within educational communities with goals of reframing curriculum and instruction today. Dr. Muhammad brings expertise, having served as a middle school teacher, literacy specialist, school district administrator, and school board president. She is the author of the best-selling book Cultivating Genius: An Equity Model for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy. She also co-authored the book, Black girls’ literacies: An Edited Volume, published by Routledge.Her Historically Responsive Literacy/Culturally & Historically Responsive Education Model has been adopted across U.S. school districts.

Antiracism Speaker Series description. On the upper right hand side,Dr. Gholdy Muhammad is wearing a mustard yellow shirt. She has dark brown curly hair.

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2022-2023 Series Videos

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2021-2022 Series Videos

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2022-2023 Series Flyer (PNG)

2021-2022 Series Flyer (PDF)


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