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Groundbreaking podcast celebrates Black History Month with 28 Voices of Black Excellence

Amy Vujaklija Joi Patterson

Governors State University (GSU) College of Education's "Teaching and Learning" Podcast has curated episodes to feature in its 28 Voices of Black Excellence. Within this podcast-series is a range of powerful educators and engaging topics that bring attention to the field of education and also elevate the importance of diversity and inclusion. There are interviews from local, national, and international guests on topics such as historical and cultural identities, community engagement, restorative justice, and leadership. It showcases inspiring interviews from some of GSU’s very own, including Dr. Cheryl Green, Dr. Phyllis West, and Dr. Crystal Harris.

Teaching and Learning is co-hosted by Dr. Amy Vujaklija, Director of Educator Preparation, Accreditation, and Assessment and Dr. Joi Patterson, Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) at GSU.  This podcast started as an outreach to educators with the first episode released in November 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic. Now approaching its 100th episode, the Teaching and Learning Podcast has featured guests from every aspect of education: students, teachers, administrators, researchers, authors, support personnel and parents. This number of episodes has enabled the curation of 28 Voices of Black Excellence. 

The 99th episode features Marquis Park, GSU’s Student Senate President, and is scheduled for release on March 3. Dr. Green’s second podcast interview is scheduled for release on March 10, and will mark the 100th episode.

Tune in each day of February to Teaching and Learning, 28 Voices of Black Excellence.