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Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)

Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE) brings an interdisciplinary scholarly focus to the major factors that influence educational attainment, especially for underserved children.

RILE program

The program

The RILE program trains students to become national leaders in conducting research on how race, inequality, and language intersect to make both ineffective and effective educational opportunities.

RILE is a doctoral cross-area specialization. RILE students specialize within their program of study: Curricular Studies and Teacher Education (CTE); Developmental and Psychological Sciences (DAPS); or Social Sciences, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Policy Studies in Education (SHIPS). RILE offers a coordinated curriculum as well as a common working space, the RILE seminar, for discussing issues of race, culture, language, and poverty. 

Learn more about the cross-area specialization in RILE

RILE at Stanford GSE

In addition to the doctoral cross-area specialization, RILE convenes faculty and students on the local, national, and international levels. These convenings provide learning opportunities for RILE students as well as a chance to bring visibility to RILE scholarship.

RILE Speaker Series

RILE speaker series

Throughout the school year RILE hosts scholars to share knowledge and discuss emerging research in the field. Many of these presentations are open to the public, while RILE students and faculty have their own opportunity to engage more deeply with guest speakers. 

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RILE Conference

RILE conference  

Each fall, RILE hosts a conference that brings together scholars from a range of disciplines. This convening promotes RILE scholarship and highlights research and practice at the intersection of race, inequality, and language in education.

Learn more about the annual RILE conference

Faculty

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RILE events

22
Apr
Lecture/Talk
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Zoom
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11
Mar
18
Feb
Lecture/Talk
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Zoom
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28
Jan
Lecture/Talk
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Zoom
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14
Jan
Lecture/Talk
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Zoom
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Our community

Meet some of the faculty, students, and alumni who make up the GSE community.

Farzana Saleem, Assistant Professor
Studying how racial stressors affect mental health
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Kia Turner smiling in front of beautifully colorful books
Kia Turner, PhD '26
Exploring ways of thinking about punishment and justice
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Rubén González, PhD '25
Seeking ways to change the system
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