Jane Bolgatz, PH.D.
Whether conducting masters-level courses on teaching social studies, or doctoral courses on the sociopolitical dimensions of teaching, Jane Bolgatz has a message for educators. ″They need to address issues of heterosexism and heteronormativity in their classrooms and schools. I´m interested in talking to all teachers, but white teachers in particular, about being anti-racist educators,″ says Bolgatz, an associate professor at Fordham University´s Graduate School of Education. She is the author of Talking Race in the Classroom and frequently consults with teachers, administrators, parents and professors about diversity and equity in schools and universities. She is currently running a $2.5 million grant to prepare teachers in high-needs subjects and schools in New York State. Through the grant, she has developed dynamic partnerships with several middle and high schools in the Bronx. In helping others to see and address inequality in schools, Bolgatz leads by example. ″It is great to be out to my students, colleagues and the many teachers I work with in the field. I think I model openness by being comfortable with myself and my life. When people see me addressing race, class, sexual orientation and other issues head-on, they learn how to do so themselves.″ -KL