On March 25, Amber Cook ('14) conducted a session for the Undergraduate Education Department faculty on antiracism. Amber shared a variety of resources and facilitated discussion and reflection on topics such as holding Courageous Conversations about race, interrogating White Supremacy culture, working definitions of race and antiracism, racial equity, developing a Liberatory Consciousness, and accountability and action. Amber will be working with us as we continue on our equity, diversity, and inclusion journey. We will be reflecting on our curriculum and teaching practices and exploring the learning and teaching opportunities for our teacher candidates.
Amber Cook is an African-American educator from Maryland. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Stevenson University in 2014, and her Master’s degree in School Improvement Leadership: Administration from Goucher College in 2019. Amber is a math resource teacher with Baltimore County Public Schools. She works within her district to create and deliver professional developments, design curriculum for elementary mathematics, and collaborate with school communities on improving instructional outcomes. She founded the grassroots organization, Bmore: Standing in Solidarity, which aims to empower people of all races to begin and continue their equity journey to abolitionist work and accountability, as well as dismantle racist systems of oppression. You can find Amber with a good book, good food, and involved in good conversations! Be on the lookout for her collaborative presentation at National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) conference 2021 in Atlanta.