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Leadership Symposium

School of Education

School of Education Leadership Symposium

Hosted by the School of Education at Concordia University Irvine, our School of Education Leadership Symposium provide fresh insights into the most relevant issues concerning educational leadership. Each half-day symposium features distinguished participants, administrators, and influencers in education who will present best practices across a variety of topics. The symposia are free to attend and open to the public.

Equity vs Equality in Education: A New Call to Action for Educational Leaders

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021, 8am – 12pm PDT
Speaker: Deborah L. Collins, EdD
Location: ZOOM

Participants in this symposium will have the opportunity to explore issues related to the leadership imperatives for equity in education, including assumptions, moral courage, implicit bias, justice, and distribution of power. Educational leadership in volatile and uncertain times will be addressed through the lens of reflection and considerations of specific ways to embrace the moral necessity to act.

Symposium Learning Outcomes Highlights

  • Continued Racial Tension
  • Justice Programs
  • Equity vs. Equality
  • Servant and Transformative Leadership
  • Exploring Our Own Implicit Bias
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Please note, the views and opinions expressed by speakers do not necessarily represent the views or positions of Concordia University Irvine.


Currently Enrolled MAED Students

Students in the MAED: Educational Administration degree program are required to attend 3 symposia and complete an assignment for each as part of their coursework. The 3 symposia are embedded in the Leadership Academy courses (561, 562, 563). Students will be notified when it is time to register.


Additional Resources

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Speaker: Dr. Deborah Collins

Dr. Deborah Collins has been involved in public education since 1977 when she started her teaching career in the Irvine Unified School District as a kindergarten teacher. In 1986, she was hired as an elementary school principal in the Monrovia Unified School District. Debby was appointed to Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources in 2000, and from 2003 to 2012 served as Associate Superintendent and then Deputy Superintendent. Late in the 2012/ 2013 school year, she became Superintendent of Schools until she retired in July.

Dr. Collins is currently teaching in the MAED and EdD programs at Concordia University Irvine and serves as chair on dissertation committees and as a supporting committee member. She is also an adjunct professor at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, providing instruction in the EdD program, as well as serving students on dissertation committees. She also facilitates negotiations in several school districts and provides collective bargaining training to school educators through the School Employers Association of California (SEAC).

Dr. Collins has interacted with hundreds of teachers and school administrators, and developed a passion for continuing work in equity in education. She provides instruction in leadership and supports doctoral students in their research on relevant aspects of equity in schools.

Dr. Deborah Collins
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