Myron F (Mike) Rosskopf was the first recipient of the Clifford Brewster Upton Chair in part because of the leadership he provided in supporting ethnic balance in American textbooks. As the senior author for the Silver Burdette popular K–8 mathematics series, Professor Rosskopf insisted that illustration in the series and names used in the texts word problem represented the nation’s minority population. This example by Silver Burdette set the standard for text equity in practice
Dr. Erica Walker is a major contributor to the literature concerning equity in mathematics education. Through her courses at Teachers College, the work of her doctoral students, and her books about learning communities and the achievements of African-American mathematicians Dr. Walker has extended the traditions of Professor Rosskopf and other TC faculty and graduates of providing access and opportunity to effective mathematics to all students regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status.