Ujima Projects: Educational and community partnerships

9:45 - 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 21, 2017
PSU 308

Ujima – the principle of collective work and responsibility – can be the basis of a good relationship when developing educational and community partnerships. Our panel will utilize examples from Ujima Projects – collaborative programming with Missouri State University, Springfield Public Schools, Springfield NAACP and other community organizations.

We will share the benefits, strategies, promises and pitfalls of working together to solve community needs and problems.


Exec. Dir. of Learning Support and Partnerships Marty Moore

Marty Moore

Exec. Dir. of Learning Support and Partnerships
Springfield Public Schools

Marty Moore is executive director of learning support and partnerships for Springfield Public Schools. Moore oversee the school accreditation process, student achievement and data analysis, leadership development and standardized testing.

Her strengths are arranger, restorative, learner, individualization and relator. She utilizes her strengths to advance equity and access, create community and build partnerships within and between numerous educational and community organizations.

Moore earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Baylor University and a master's degree in education from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Assistant Professor Shurita Thomas-Tate

Shurita Thomas-Tate

Assistant Professor
Missouri State University

Dr. Shurita Thomas-Tate is an assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders at Missouri State University. Her areas of research and professional interests include: language and literacy development and disorders in culturally and linguistically diverse students; developing culturally competent SLP clinicians and promoting culturally responsive clinical practices and African American English and other dialects of American English.

Devoted to language, literacy and diversity, Thomas-Tate is a passionate educator, researcher and community member who lives by the principal of “Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility.”