Social Justice Mathematics: Critical Praxis for Mathematics Liberation


Apr. 9, 2022, 9am to 1pm

Office/Remote Location

Virtual event
Dr. Kari Kokka


In this latest installment of the Center for Multicultural Education's Critical Professional Development Series, professor Kari Kokka will engage educators in exploring possibilities for teaching social justice mathematics in their own classrooms. These possibilities focus on:

  • How educators can partner with students to engage in mathematical inquiry about relevant social Issues
  • How educators can advocate for students by leveraging students' political knowledge
  • How educators can build critically self-reflective knowledge that affirms student sense of belonging and efficacy 

All attendees will receive a free copy of High School Mathematics Lessons to Explore, Understand, and Respond to Social Injustice by Dr. Robert Q. Barry III, Dr. Basil M. Conway, Dr. Brian R. Lawler, and Dr. John W. Staley.

About Kari Kokka

Kari Kokka is an assistant professor of mathematics education at the University of Pittsburgh where she studies social justice mathematics and mathematics teacher activism. Prior to her doctoral studies, she was a math teacher, math coach, and teacher activist for 10 years at Vanguard High School, a Title I public high school in New York City, where she used performance assessment and complex instruction to support equitable mathematics outcomes. She has also worked at the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity to support schools and districts with performance assessment and project-based learning. She is co-founder of the Creating Balance in an Unjust World Conference on STEAMM Education and Social Justice and has been part of the Radical STEMM Educators of the Bay Area and People’s Education Movement. Her current research projects are supported by the National Science Foundation and the Spencer Foundation.



Admission Information

Contact Information

UNLV Center for Multicultural Education
Christine Clark

External Sponsor

UNLV Center for Multicultural Education

College of Education

Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach

College of Liberal Arts

Growing Latinas into Outstanding Women (G.L.O.W.)

Code Switch: Restorative Justice for Girls of Color

College of Southern Nevada

Nevada State College

Clark County School District