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November 18, 2016

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UT Tyler assistant professors Drs. Yanira Oliveras-Ortiz and Jennifer Jones have published the first online journal hosted at UT Tyler.

Diversity, Social Justice & the Educational Leader is a double-blind, peer-reviewed publication for district and campus leaders, teachers and scholars interested in improving the education system and providing equitable learning opportunities for all students. The journal has a national editorial board comprised of experts from various education fields.

Oliveras-Ortiz and Jones, both former school administrators who served schools with high numbers of students of color in both urban and rural school districts, teamed to launch and co-edit the journal.

Its purpose is to provide a platform for research and discussion regarding the best practices for educational leaders and teachers in increasing the academic achievement of linguistically and culturally diverse students. In alignment with the vision and mission of the UT Tyler College of Education and Psychology, the journal intends to contribute to knowledge through scholarly inquiry to meet the critical challenges of the 21st Century.

The professors believe that, "To meet the needs of the millions of students, who live in poverty, have limited English language skills, have special academic needs or whose sexual identify does not meet the heterosexual norms, educational leaders must understand and be critical of the underlining beliefs and challenges these students face in their daily lives.

"The practices of the education system and the impact those practices have on diverse students must be examined and challenged. Educational leaders must explore the issues that perpetuate the alienation and disengagement of linguistically and culturally diverse students," they added.

The co-editors invite scholars, researchers, practitioners and advanced graduate students to contribute. A Spring 2017 call for manuscripts is currently underway with a Nov. 30 deadline.

For more information, visit Call for Manuscripts or contact Jones, 903.566.5653; jenniferjones@uttyler.edu or Oliveras-Ortiz, 903.565.5639; yoliverasortiz@uttyler.edu.

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