Dr. Joy Lawson Davis presents 'Culturally Diverse Gifted Students: Coming Out from Under'

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location: Woodis-McDonald Auditorium Graves Hall
Cost: Free 

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Joy Lawson Davis has over 30 years of experience in gifted education as a teacher, administrator, writer, researcher & consultant to schools nationwide. Dr. Davis grew up in Newark, New Jersey and later in King & Queen County, Virginia. In both of these very diverse environments she learned first-hand the struggles of African Americans during the tumultuous period of racial riots and school desegregation which occured during the civil rights era. A first generation college graduate she is deeply empathetic to the needs of culturally diverse students who seek out challenging academic environments to help them reach their potential.

Among her many positions in Public Education, Davis was the African American to hold the position of State Director of Gifted Services, K-12 in the commonwealth of Virginia, 1993-98. Today, she is presently an Assistant Professor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction and Director of the Center for Gifted Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. As a practitioner, scholar and writer she has focused her work in advocating for increased attention to the needs of culturally diverse gifted students. In 2011, Davis published her first book, the award winning- 'Bright, Talented & Black: A guide for families of African American gifted learners'. Dr. Davis earned her master's and doctoral degrees from The College of William & Mary in Virginia and is now serving a three year- term as an at-large member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children. Before serving on the Board of Directors, she served two terms as Chair of the National Association for Gifted Children's Diversity & Equity Committee. Dr. Davis is also a Special Populations columnist for Teaching for High Potential, an NAGC publication. She has also published book chapters and other articles. Most recently, Davis' chapter on 'The Importance of Family Engagement' appeared in a book edited by Johnsen & Coleman entitled: 'Implementing RtI with Gifted Students'.

Davis also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Gifted Child Today, a practitioner oriented peer-reviewed journal with the largest subscription base of any gifted journal nationwide. A sought-out expert in the area of cultural diversity and gifted education, Davis has also provided training to educators across the nation and in South Africa and Trinidad/Tobago focused on the needs of culturally diverse gifted children.

Contact Info: Rebecca Ballard, (205) 348-7936,

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