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College of Education

Our Leadership

Our leadership is motivated by our vision for the College to become the home of a National Resource Center on equity and justice issues in education and is guided by our core values statement: Achieving excellence by transforming diversity and inclusion into equity and justice.

Gloria S. Boutte, Ph.D., Interim Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Gloria Swindler Boutte is a Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina.  Her scholarship focuses on equity pedagogies. She is the author/editor of five books: (1) We Be Lovin’ Black Children: Becoming Learning to Be Literate About the African Diaspora; (2) African Diaspora Literacy: The Heart of Transformation in K-12 Schools and Teacher Education (2019 AESA Critics Choice Award) (3) Educating African American Students: And how are the children; (4) Resounding Voices: School Experiences of People From Diverse Ethnic Backgrounds; and (5) Multicultural Education:  Raising Consciousness.  She has nearly100 publications. 

Boutte has presented nationally and internationally on equity issues and has received prestigious awards such as the Fulbright Scholar; Fulbright Specialist; 2020 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Outstanding Educator in the English Language Arts—Elementary Section; and the 2021 American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2021 Division K Legacy award. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students (CEEAAS).  She has served as a Visiting Scholar and presented her work internationally on every continent except for Antarctica.  

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