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Loyola College of Social Sciences dean promotes equity in public education in two upcoming events

Loyola press release - March 16, 2009

Loyola University New Orleans College of Social Sciences dean and professor of sociology Luis Mirón, Ph.D., will join distinguished experts in education for two upcoming events focused on education in New Orleans. The first, "Toward Meaningful Educational Opportunity: Ensuring Equity in a System of Choice and Autonomy," hosted by the Tulane University Cowen Institute, will focus on how education affects individual prosperity, economic growth and social cohesion and which key factors will improve educational opportunities for students in urban school districts. The discussion is Tuesday March 17, at 5:30 p.m., in the Freeman Auditorium on Tulane’s main campus. It is free and open to the public.

Mirón, who also serves as the acting director of the New Orleans Institute for Quality and Equity in Public Education, a research institute housed in CSS, will share the panel with Lance Hill, Ph.D., executive director of the Southern Institute for Education and Research at Tulane; Mary Joseph, the director of the Louisiana Office of the Children’s Defense Fund; and Warren Simmons, Ph.D., executive director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.

On Friday March 27, at 11 a.m., CSS, the Institute for Quality and Equity in Public Education and the College of Law Gillis Long Poverty Law Center will host the "Symposium on Legal Issues Related to Special Needs Children in New Orleans," at Loyola College of Law, in Room 405. Mirón will be joined by Robert A. Garda Jr., associate professor of law in Loyola’s College of Law, Marcia C. Arceneaux, IDEA compliance officer and student advocate for the Recovery School District, Sametta Brown, IDEA coordinator for RSD and Margaret Lang, director of intervention services for the RSD. The symposium will be broken up into 30 minute segments with question and answer sessions at noon and 2:15 p.m.

Mirón continues to conduct research and publish, and recently co-authored an article with internationally renowned civil rights activist Bob Moses for the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. He said these discussions help citizens understand the challenges public schools and students face and fulfills the College of Social Sciences mission to use existing knowledge to address social problems.

"I believe that universities need to embrace their role as institutional citizens by becoming even more deeply engaged in the civic life of local communities," Mirón said. "This is especially vital in New Orleans, as we re-imagine urban education."

For more information on the Cowen Institute panel discussion, contact Felicia Brown at 504-274-3682. To learn more about the Loyola University symposium, contact Barbara Wilson at bjwilso1@loyno.edu.

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