Dr. Kitty Kelly Epstein, an associate professor of education at Holy Names University, is the 2013 recipient of the UAA-SAGE Marilyn Gittell Activist Scholar Lecture Series and Award. Epstein’s courses include Multicultural Education, Issues in Urban Education, and a senior colloquium on Oakland.
The award, which was presented to Epstein at the annual conference of the Urban Affairs Association in April, recognizes an urban scholar who has engaged in field-based research that incorporates direct engagement with local residents and organizations. The Urban Affairs Association is a professional organization for urban scholars and researchers. SAGE publishes academic and professional journals, books, and electronic media.
“Organizing and analyzing with the other folks who live in my city is a great privilege,” Epstein said. “If we all do a lot more organizing, we might eventually be able to end the racial wealth gap and sustain humanity in joyous, equitable cities all over the world.”
Epstein served as director of educational policy and resident engagement for former Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums. Her publications include Organizing to Change a City (Peter Lang Publishing, 2012) and A Different View of Urban Schools (Peter Lang Publishing, revised edition 2012). She also hosts the biweekly KPFA radio program Education Today, which regularly features Holy Names University students.