Making History: BU’s Dr. Hardin Coleman Discusses the Community’s Role in Education Equality and Student Success

This podcast episode is part of the EdTech Times series “Making History,” highlighting black leaders in education.

An educator with over 40 years of experience, Dr. Hardin Coleman has a biography for the history books.

His mother was an educator, born to a family of advocates for equality. His grandparents entertained Langston Hughes and W.E.B. Dubois. His father, William Coleman, served as a lawyer and leader for the NAACP, co-authored the legal brief for Brown vs. the Board of Education, and also happened to be the first African American U.S. Cabinet member.

In the same way that his family members fought for equality, Hardin Coleman has spent his own career “getting these predominately white or European descended, dominated institutions prepared to be useful for kids of color.”

Known for his ten-year role as dean of Boston University’s School of Education, Hardin has spoken many times about the importance of equity and equality in education. Most recently, he has been appointed to the Boston School Committee, where he has continued to put his passion for helping children and expertise in how they learn to good use.

For our series, Making History, we interviewed Hardin Coleman about his experience and how he hopes to better education. Listen in to learn more about his life, work, and hopes for the future of education.

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren is the General Manager of EdTech Times. A Texan by birth but a Bostonian at heart, Hannah is an educational writer, AmeriCorps alum, and one-time StartupWeekend EDU (SWEDU) winning team member. She started her career at a Pearson-incubated edtech startup, but has since covered travel, food & culture, and even stonemasonry in addition to education.