Special Call For Manuscripts
School Experiences of Black Girls Across the Diaspora
A Special Issue of the UERPA Journal, Fall 2020
Abstracts are invited for manuscript submissions for a special issue of the UERPA Journal on the theme of School Experiences of Black Girls Across the Diaspora. The call is open for graduate students only.
With many disparities and critical issues that impact the lives of black girls, there is a need for attention surrounding their experiences to reduce barriers confronting them on the path to college and career success. Globally, black girls are confronted with gender-bias and racial stereotypes that influence interactions with adults in school settings. Although black girls make up 8 percent of K–12 students nationally, they are more likely as a group to be excluded or criminalized from disciplinary practices. Black girls also face higher levels of sexual harassment inside and outside of schools than other groups. Additionally, black girls are more likely to be charged with assisting with parental responsibilities of younger siblings and chores that create challenges with balancing homework. For this reason, the intersectionality of black girl experiences in education involves a level of complexity that is essential to explore.
The UERPA Journal Fall 2020 Issue theme, School Experiences of Black Girls Across the Diaspora, invites manuscripts that address critical issues, education needs and approaches for serving black girls around the world.
To Potential Authors
Please submit a 500-word abstract by email to to be considered for publication. Please include "Black Girls Across The Diaspora Special Issue" in the subject title. Abstracts should make clear the conceptual or theoretical perspective, data sources (if empirical), and contributions of the submission. Abstracts will be reviewed by the review committee and notifications of acceptance will be sent to the corresponding author. Full manuscripts will be due on September 4, 2020 and must be uploaded to the UERPA Journal website: All manuscripts will undergo blind peer review. The Fall Issue will release November 2020. 
  • 2019 Call for Papers (Open Call)


    The Urban Education Research & Policy Annuals (UERPA) is a graduate student journal that is published annually by the Urban Education Collaborative at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This double-blind peer reviewed journal will consist of empirical and theoretical research written by masters and doctoral-level students in the areas related to urban education. The UERPA includes original articles, brief reports, and book reviews in the areas of educational reform, educational equity for underrepresented groups, racially diverse perspectives, multiculturalism, teacher education models, student achievement, urban school populations, and academic and social needs for urban students. Articles on other topics will be accepted if they have a clear relationship to research, policy, or practice in urban education.

    Graduate students in education and public policy programs in the United States and abroad are invited to submit articles for review to the UERPA. Submissions will be reviewed by doctoral students under the guidance of full-time faculty in the Urban Education Program at the College of Education at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Consistent with the policies of most journals in the field, articles submitted will either be "accepted," "recommended for revision and resubmission," or "not accepted."

    1. Research/Policy Briefs
      1. All briefs must follow the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition (2011).
      2. Briefs should be in Word format, on 8.5 x 11†paper, having 1 inch margins on all sides, and all pages should be numbered.
      3. Briefs should be 3-5 pages, including references. All graphs and tables should be included within the body of the paper.
    2. Book Reviews
      1. Choose a recent book in the field of Urban Education then write a review giving a detailed analysis of the book’s content.
      2. Book review should be in Word format, on 8.5 x 11†paper, having 1 inch margins on all sides, and all pages should be numbered.
      3. Book review should be 5-7 pages, including references. In all cases, reviews will be considered for publication on the basis of the quality of the evaluation and description of the book, relevance and importance of the book to the field.
    3. Research Article
      1. The journal article submission should demonstrate clear thoughts and analyses of the author by choosing words composed in direct, responsible and active syntax.
      2. A brief abstract stating the principal points, overview of findings and recommendations should be included in your submission. The abstract should be no longer than 150 words.
      3. Illustrations/graphics must be properly referenced in the text of the article, and numbered chronologically.
      4. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and typewritten with one-inch margins on all sides of an 8 ½ x 11 inch paper.
      5. References should be alphabetically listed and cited properly throughout the document. Sources should be properly referenced, indicating the author/s’ name, initials, the title of the source article, journal or book, volume, initial page number and the year of source publication.
      6. Footnotes should be AVOIDED.
      7. Journal submissions for review and publication should be submitted online. Submission of a manuscript is a representation that the paper has not been previously submitted in any publication elsewhere or published in any open literature. It also represents that the author/s have not assigned or transferred copyright for the material.

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