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Dr. Amber Pabon and Doninique Headen

Dr. Pabon meets with Dominique Headen (Class of 22') from Susquehanna High School.

Dr. Amber Pabon and Damian Earl

Dr. Pabon and Damain Earl (Class of 19')  from  Executive Charter School.

FDI Kicks Off The Teaching Lab

The Fredrick Douglas Institution just launched its first of many projects. The Teaching Lab is a digital resource of culturally relevant and sustaining teaching practices by BIPOC educators in PA. FDI director Dr. Amber Pabon and her team will be collaborating with KU alum and faculty across the State System to document culturally-aligned pedagogies and curricula to support our increasingly diverse K-Higher Ed student body population.  Stay updated on this research study by following our Instagram

Poster for Black and Brown Women's Writing Coalition.  Reads "Join Dr. Amber Pabon for a virtual writing workshop Sundays 8 a.m.-10 a.m. / co-a-li-tion noun, an alliance for combined action, especially a temporary alliance of political parties forming a government or of states."  Graphic includes illustration of African American with flowing black hair that forms the background for the above text.

FDI Announces: The Black and Brown Women's Writing Coalition 

The Fredrick Douglass Institute Black and Brown Women's Writing Coalition, a virtual workspace to foster BIPOC women's personal and professional writing and research goals. The Black and Brown Women's Writing Coalition meets Sundays from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. via zoom. Email  for more information and to join. 

Illustration in a painting format of Frederick Douglass

Spring 2023: The Education as Freedom Project

The Fredrick Douglass Institute is looking for eager students to participate in the Education as Freedom Project. FDI will be partnering with urban schools in the surrounding  school districts to provide support in reading and math. The Education as Freedom Project is a great opportunity for students seeking volunteer or fieldwork hours, as well as research experience. No education background and all majors (even undeclared), as well as graduate and undergrad students are welcome to participate. Training will be provided. For more information, email .