The Pennsylvania Educator Diversity Consortium is a grassroots organization of PK-12,

higher education, non-profit, and government leaders striving to increase the number of teachers of color as well as culturally-responsive and sustaining educators in Pennsylvania.

Brief History: An earlier iteration of the PEDC was a component of the Pennsylvania Department of Education's educator diversity pilot initiative, Aspiring to Educate, launched in November 2019. In January 2021, the Consortium members established the group's new identity as the Pennsylvania Educator Diversity Consortium to lean into the need for ecosystem change, which requires wide support from various stakeholders across the Commonwealth. We always welcome new members interested in learning and contributing with us!


Accomplishments: Over the last twenty months, Consortium members have collaborated to

co-develop Culturally-Relevant and Sustaining Education Competencies for Pennsylvania educators; write toolkits that describe various efforts to recruit, retain, and mentor teachers of color; create a set of policy recommendations for the state; and host two-day public virtual summits during which stakeholders around the Commonwealth meet to learn, share, and strategize about challenges and opportunities.

The accomplishments of the Pennsylvania Educator Diversity Consortium reflect the dedication of many committed people who volunteer their time and talents to the Consortium's efforts. Those with specific facilitation roles are included below for reference but there are many who contribute significant leadership to the work. Please see the acknowledgements section of each document posted in Resources for a full accounting of the immense effort undertaken by Consortium members across the Commonwealth to realize our shared vision for educator diversity and culturally-relevant and sustaining education in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Juliet Curci
Summit 2021 Co-Chair

Juliet is the Assistant Dean of College Access and Persistence at Temple University's College of Education and Human Development.

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Kizzy Morris
Mentorship Toolkit Leader, Summit 2021 Host

Kizzy is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Cheyney University.

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Sharif El-Mekki
Retention Toolkit Leader

Sharif is the Founder and CEO of The Center for Black Educator Development.

Dr. Donna-Marie Cole-Malott
CR-SE Toolkit Leader, Summit 2021 Co-Chair

Donna-Marie is an educational consultant and the former Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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Rochelle Peterson-Ansari
CR-SE Toolkit Leader

Rochelle is the Director of Placements and Partnerships for Education at LaSalle University.

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Dr. Ronald Whitaker, II
CR-SE Toolkit Leader

Ron is an Assistant Professor of Education and the Assistant Dean of the School of Education at Cabrini University. He also directs District and School Relations and the Center for Urban Education, Equity, and Improvement.

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Laura Boyce
Recruitment Toolkit Leader, Policy Committee Chair

Laura is the Executive Director of Teach Plus Pennsylvania.

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Karen Parker Thompson
Technical Assistance Specialist (Region 4 Comprehensive Center)
Summit 2020 & 2021 Co-Chair

Karen provides technical support to PEDC by way of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


Dr. SeriaShia Chatters
Summit 2021 Co-Chair


Seria is the Director of Equity and Inclusivity for the State College Area School District and an Adjunct Associate Teaching Professor at Penn State University.