An Invitation to Join EDPL Solidarity Circles

Dear EDUC/EDPL students, faculty, and staff:

This past summer the department of Educational Policy and Leadership made a commitment to act in solidarity with our communities of color fighting against racial injustice and to take action towards dismantling white supremacy. Read our full Solidarity Statement and Call to Action. One action that we are taking towards these commitments is building Student Solidarity Circles that will be advised by EDPL faculty/staff. 

People of Color (PoC) Solidarity Circles 

The EDUC/EDPL People of Color (PoC) Solidarity Circles will support students of color by providing community and authentic connection amongst students and faculty of color. This will also be a space for discussions about students’ experiences at MU and in Milwaukee and their ideas for change. Dr. derria byrd and Dr. Julissa Ventura will serve as the PoC Circles advisors. They hope to create a space where EDUC/EDPL undergraduate and graduate students can connect with each other in solidarity for racial justice and liberation and also receive support from faculty and the overall department. The PoC Solidarity Circles will meet twice a month – once as a PoC Solidarity Circle and once as either a Black or Latinx Student Solidarity Circle. Meeting dates/times will be confirmed based on participant availability. 

If you are a student of color interested in joining the EDUC/EDPL PoC Solidarity Circles -or- if you know a student that might be interested, please fill out our interest form. More information about meeting dates & times will be sent to interested students in the next couple of weeks. If you have any questions, you can contact Dr. byrd ( or Dr. Ventura ( 

White Aspiring Allies Student Solidarity Circle 

The White Aspiring Allies Student Solidarity Circle will be advised by Dr. Burmeister ( and Dr. Gibson ( Interested students should look forward to additional information about joining the circle. In the meantime, feel free to contact the advisors if you have questions.

Dr. van den Kieboom

Dr. Leigh van den Kieboom serves as the Chair of the Educational Policy and Leadership within the College of Education

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