Center for Urban Education Summer Educator Forum (CUESEF)

July 18, 2019 - 8:30am to July 20, 2019 - 2:30pm

This event will be located at the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Hall and next door at the Wyndham Hotel.


We are excited to announce that CUESEF 2019 is completely SOLD OUT. Thank you to all who registered!


Presenter slides and handouts that have been submitted
for distribution can be found here.


This forum is a professional learning experience for education professionals (pre- and practicing educators) in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region that focuses on Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline. During this intensive forum, participants from PreK-12 from all subject areas will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the topic, while experiencing keynote speakers (featuring Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: The Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness), and a series of workshops.


Featured Panels

We are happy to announce keynote speaker, MICHELLE ALEXANDER, author of The New Jim Crow: The Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, as one of our keynote speakers.








Michelle Alexander brings audiences profoundly necessary and meaningful insights on the practice of mass incarceration that plagues the U.S. justice system, as well as eye-opening conversation on how we can end racial caste in America.

In her acclaimed best-seller, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle peels back the curtain on systemic racism in the American prison system, which the New York Review of Booksdescribed as “striking in the intelligence of her ideas, her powers of summary, and the force of her writing.” With equal force and candor on stage, she breaks the silence about racial injustice in the modern legal system to reveal how mass incarceration has come to replace segregation.

Michelle, a legal scholar, social justice advocate, columnist at The New York Timesand visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary, explores the myths surrounding our criminal justice system from a racial and ethical standpoint, and offers solutions for combating this epidemic. Delivering an emphatic wake-up call from the “colorblind slumber” that our country has fallen under, she leaves audiences with a new perspective on the challenges facing the civil rights community and a rousing call-to-action for a multi-racial, multi-ethnic human rights movement for justice in America.

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz
Marc Lamont Hill
Carla Shedd
Kempis "Ghani" Songster
David Stovall
Mariame Kaba
Judith Browne Dianis
Rasheed Jihad
John Pace
Kahlil Darden


View the Full CUESEF 2019 Program



Take some time to experience the pleasure of "pleasure activism" and join us at the CUESEF Soulcial on Friday (July 19) evening, and over the weekend (July 20) at these related and relevant events (below).

We are thrilled to support Amachi Pittsburgh as part of CUESEF 2019. Amachi Pittsburgh’s mission is to empower young minds to overcome the challenges of parental incarceration and to reach their full potential through one-on-one mentoring, family strengthening and reunification support, and leadership development and youth organizing.

We're offering 15 PA Act 48 credits for educators who attend 15 hours of presentations/breakout sessions. 


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