MTSU education students invited to April 23 Murfre...

MTSU education students invited to April 23 Murfreesboro City Schools panel, Q&A 

Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Fairness, Justice and Equity, housed within the university’s College of Education, is hosting a free Educator Panel made up of teachers and staff from local Murfreesboro City Schools for its education students on Tuesday, April 23, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Room 160 of the College of Education Building. (MTSU graphic illustration by Stephanie Wagner)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The College of Education’s Center for Fairness, Justice and Equity is partnering with Murfreesboro City Schools to put on an upcoming Educator Panel and Q&A session for MTSU education students. 

No RSVP is required for students to attend this free event on Tuesday, April 23, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Room 160 of the College of Education Building.

Mia Zellars
Mia Zellars

“We believe that hearing directly from educators can provide invaluable insights and inspiration for students considering careers in education,” said Mia Zellars, student engagement and partnerships coordinator for the center. “This panel presents a unique opportunity for COE students to gain these into the world of education from those who are actively shaping it. 

“The panelists will share their personal experiences, mentorship opportunities and thoughts on the future of education. There will also be a Q&A session where students can engage directly with the panelists and gain further understanding.”

The panel will be made up of a diverse group of experienced teachers and other education staff from the K-6 district to offer MTSU students a wide array of experiences and perspectives into potential career paths. There will also be an American Sign Language interpreter present. 

Dr. Michelle Stevens, director, Center for Fairness, Justice and Equity, MTSU College of Education
Dr. Michelle Stevens

The rest of the center’s team helped coordinate the event and will attend along with Zellars, including Director Michelle StevensLisa Strayer, executive assistant; and Tara Wallace, recruitment and engagement specialist for one of the center’s major initiatives. 

The Center for Fairness, Justice and Equity launched just over three years ago and aims to help cultivate an inclusive and diverse education college by intentionally recruiting diverse faculty, teacher candidates and educational personnel from a multitude of backgrounds. 

Learn more about its other upcoming events and opportunities at, and learn more about the College of Education at

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