EQUITYx | Holding Space: Practices to Support the Sustainability of Black Women School Leaders

  • June 4, 2024 
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m. CST
  • Dr. Racquel Armstrong 
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It has been widely noted across many fields that Black women are at high risk for workplace burnout due to factors related to systemic racism. For Black women in leadership positions, the burdens of working in unjust  systems can intensify the ongoing stress. Dr. Racquel Armstrong knows firsthand the challenges that Black women leaders face in the education profession and has made it a significant focus in her academic research. In this EQUITYx event, we are thrilled to bring you her profound insights into the challenges 
that exist for Black women school 
leaders across K-12 contexts and the counterbalancing practices that can sustain them. Dr. Armstrong will share vignettes from her research of Black women leaders and the practices that support Black women in school leadership. She will define self-care and how it fits within the leadership framework, and describe implications for school districts on responding to the needs of Black women. Whether you are a Black woman leader or work alongside Black women leaders you care about, you won't want to miss this EQUITYx event with one of our nation's most extraordinary researchers on this topic. 

What is EQUITYx?

In our busy professional landscapes, we can be overwhelmed by information and struggle to distill the latest research and its implications for socially just practice. EQUITYx solves for this problem by bringing you the leading scholars in leadership for educational equity, antiracism and social justice in a distilled and practitioner-focused format. Each hour-long EQUITYx session includes:
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A presentation by our guest scholar on timely, significant research and practice related to CRSL.

Facilitated Interview + Q&A

An interview with the guest scholar facilitated by the CRSL team, and time for YOU to ask questions and interact with our guest scholar.

Digital Downloads and Resources

Relevant resources, links and follow up material to help you implement ideas and practices you learn about at each event.
 Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, Arizona State University

Racquel Armstrong, PhD

Dr. Racquel Armstrong is a Presidential Postdoctoral Scholar at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. She formerly served as a school administrator in both urban and suburban schools at the elementary and secondary levels. Her research focuses on self-care as a leadership practice as well as the intersection of carceral logics and schools. In addition to her research, Racquel leads R L Consulting, which offers workshops and individualized professional development for school leaders. Racquel recently founded a non-profit, A Burst of Light, which supports public service professionals in developing a self-care framework, building community, and overcoming barriers in the workplace. She is a 2021 Barbara Jackson Scholar and the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence from The Ohio State University. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College, a M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.B.A. from the Fisher College of Business, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

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