Knox grad focuses on equity and social justice in education

From: Elgin Courier News (Elgin, IL)

Ushma Shah invoked universal design in her debut before the School District U46 Board of Education at Monday’s regular school board meeting. That’s the architectural idea that designing a building to be accessible for people with disabilities — “with the widest and most inclusive vision” — really makes it better for everyone who uses it, Shah said. It’s also the idea behind Shah’s controversial position, created this summer, as the Elgin school district’s chief of equity and social justice…

She earned her bachelor’s degree in educational studies and anthropology from Knox College in Galesburg; her master’s degree in education, curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago; and her doctorate from Harvard University.

She hadn’t planned to go into education, Shah said. But Knox’s program was focused on how “schools create the vision for the society we want,” she said. “I became really intrigued by the idea that our schools are the places to build the society we want to create. That’s how the program was constructed — around equity and social justice in teaching,” she said… Read more…