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Graduate Student Organization

Upcoming General Meeting

SEP 16



4:30 PM

News and Highlights 


About UEC

We Are The Change!

Urban Educators for Change (UEC) is an interdisciplinary Graduate Student Association that works for the advancement of scholarship that promotes transformative urban education through six strands of study: urban, mathematics, reading, English literacy, TESOL, and elementary education. 


We aim to provide support for graduate students who work within these strands of urban study to advance urban education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the city of Charlotte, and other urban centers across the nation and world.


UEC Board Members

2019 - 2020 ACADEMIC YEAR

Stephanie Jones-fosu


Stephanie Jones-Fosu is a third year doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction for Urban Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She attended Morgan State university where she received a B.A. in Political Science. She then earned her M.A. in Education and Human Development at the George Washington University. Stephanie has taught middle and high school social students for 9 years. She has also coached over 100 first and second year teachers through a non-traditional teaching organization. Her research interests include preservice, teacher preparation, and culturally sustainable pedagogy.


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Erin Lewis

Vice President

Hometown: Columbia, SC
2nd Year Doctoral Student
Research Focus: College and Career Readiness, Writing Pedagogy


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Charlottte Hancock


Charlotte R. Hancock is a doctoral student in the Curriculum & Instruction, Urban Literacy, TESL program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She earned a Master’s degree in Spanish with a concentration in Literature, Languages, and Culture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research focuses on best and effective practices in dual language and world language, policies and practices that support multilingualism, and culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Her scholarship is informed by her prior work as a high school Spanish teacher and an elementary school dual language teacher and coordinator. She currently serves as the Dual Language/Immersion Advisor to the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina.


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Candace Chambers


Candace R. Chambers is a second year Ph.D. student in the Curriculum & Instruction, Urban Literacy program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in secondary education from Jackson State University, and a Master’s degree in English from the University of Alabama with a concentration in Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies.For over 5 years, Candace has taught and tutored writing composition. Candace currently is a part-time instructor of English at Central Piedmont Community College and Ashland University, where she teaches English composition in the Second-Chance Program for incarcerated students. Additionally, Candace is the CEO of Educational Writing Services, LLC (www.edwritingservices.org), and she conducts community-based writing workshops to assists students with writing scholarship essays using her text, Write Your Way to a Successful Scholarship Essay.


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Evan Willis

Senator I

Evan Willis is a Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Pastor. He holds a B.A. in Theology from Oakwood University and a Master of Divinity degree from the SDA Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, MI. He is a second year doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, studying in the Curriculum and Instruction program with an emphasis in Urban Education. His research interests include equity and inclusion, the impact race and religion on Christian schooling, Black male outcomes and its function in both the Black community and in urban spaces.


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Deneen Dixon-Payne

Senator II

Deneen Dixon-Payne  is a second year doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in the Curriculum and Instruction program with an emphasis in Urban Education.  She attended Winston-Salem State University where she received a B.A. in Elementary Education. She then earned her M.A. in  School Administration  at Gardner-Webb University. Deneen has taught elementary and middle  school students in both Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Forsyth County schools for over 20 years. She has been an academic facilitator, testing coordinator and new teacher coach.  Her research interests include diversity and inclusion in gifted education for Black girls , Black girls in STEM  and culturally responsive leadership.


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Jimmeka Anderson

Media Specialist

Jimmeka Anderson is a Doctoral student in the Urban Education program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a focus on urban students and critical digital media literacy.  She received her master's degree in Educational Media with a focus on New Media Literacies and Global Perspectives at Appalachian State University.  While serving as the Founder and Executive Director of I AM not the Media, Inc. for eight years, she has developed curriculum and award winning community programs that empower youth through media literacy and media creation (www.iamnotthemedia.org).  Additionally, Jimmeka is the Chapter Lead for North Carolina for the national Media Literacy Now organization, the creator of the Teen Media Literacy Conference in Charlotte, NC (www.tmlconference.com) and serves on the Student Leadership Council for the National Association of Media Literacy Education.


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Upcoming Events

SEPT - DEC 2019


Workshop: How To Write A Research Paper



Workshop: Successful Networking 



Event: Speed Mentoring



Event: Community Conversations

7PM - 8:30PM | UNCC CENTER CITY 1105



UEC membership is open to any University of North Carolina at Charlotte graduate student with an interest in graduate and professional development in Urban Education. 


We aim to foster a positive graduate school experience for all members. We encourage a friendly environment that will enhance communication among fellow graduate students. In addition, we collaborate with education professionals in the community through the sponsorship of special programs and forums. Finally, we strive to support pre-service, undergraduate students in the field of education at UNC Charlotte.

Join UEC Today!

It's very easy to join UEC. There are two steps involved:

Step One:

Sign up for membership through Niner Engage by clicking the link below:


Step Two:

Pay your $25 dues as soon as possible via PayPal.


Contact Us


9201 University City Blvd.

Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

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