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Rodney Glasgow

The Personal Politics of Gender

Participants will explore the dynamics of gender, sex, and sexual orientation through an interactive format that will focus on common language and shared experiences. Tools will be provided for understanding our own gender narrative and the narrative of others, as well as sharing of best practices in a school setting. Participants will use their personal narrative to identify their own brand of gender activism.


Participants will leave the workshop with a clearer understanding of broad terminology related to gender and how to apply the terms in real world encounters as well as learning ways to discuss gender identity with students.

Dr. Stephany Rose

Agents of Change: Our roles in leading inclusive education

In social justice work, we are often reminded that we must be the change we want to see in the world. But what does it mean to be a change agent? What are the cost and benefits to actively working towards inclusive environments? What practical steps can educators take today in creating inclusive classrooms and work environments? This workshop facilitated by Dr. Stephany Rose, founder of For Our Children’s Children Enterprises, will explore the work we all are capable of engaging in now to create equitable environments in education


Practical steps to implementing change now

Vanessa Roberts

Code-switching: Strategy or Selling Out?

Code-switching is something we all do, whether we are conscious of it, or not. But what is code-switching and why does it matter? The term originally derives from linguistics (specifically to refer to mixing languages in conversation), but this presentation invites us to look at code-switching more broadly. Participants are asked to consider code-switching as a cultural phenomenon while reflecting on personal experiences. To build your cultural dexterity requires conscious effort to become aware of how you engage with others and how we all modify our behavior according to cultural codes. This awareness helps empower participants (students, educators and administrators) to examine the climate at their school and other community settings, and further determine how to work towards being inclusive of a diverse array of backgrounds and perspectives.


Participants will learn what is code-switching and understand the personal and professional implications of code-switching. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss code-switching and their personal experiences.

Participants will develop a better understanding on how code-switching can help engagement in discussions about diversity and inclusion.

Daniel Escalante

How to Speak Out and Stand Up in Challenging Situations

In this workshop for self-identified advanced and intermediate folks, participants will explore different approaches to dealing with situations that call for speaking out and standing up for inclusiveness. We will use the Socratic Method, Talking Circle, and Role Playing. Email the specific scenario that you would like to discuss to


How to Speak Out and Stand Up when an injustice is occurring
How to maintain relationship while challenging behavior
Knowing when to not say anything
Knowing how and when to involve allies
Knowing how to keep your cool when challenging
How to reframe a statement

Carolyn Love

Overcoming the Fear of Racialized Conversations

Have you ever had any of these conversations with yourself “I can’t believe she said that to me!” or “Was that a compliment or an insult” or “I was really offended by what he said, but I didn’t say anything.” Regardless of your race or ethnic identity, we frequently experience or witness difficult situations. Someone says or does something unintentionally (or intentionally) that brings shame or hurt to the recipient. However, for a variety of reasons we choose to remain silent.

In this workshop, we will discuss how to give voice to everyday racism.


The workshop participants will identify specific strategies for giving voice to racialized conversations.

Arthur McFarlane II

W.E.B. Du Bois: His Relevance Today

A pictorial retrospective on the life and achievements of W.E.B. Du Bois and some of his contemporaries that will cover the time from his birth in 1868 in Great Barrington, MA until his death in 1963 in Accra, Ghana. A look at the lives of Dr. Du Bois and his great-grandson for lessons learned. Join Mr. McFarlane for a living historical perspective and an interactive dialogue.


One person can make a difference in the hopes, dreams and lives of others!

Robyn A. Mondragon
Ph.D. & Manny S. Gonzalez

Structures for Access and Opportunity: Leading through Inclusive Excellence

The pervasive existence of Equity Gaps has been remarked as the greatest civil rights issue of our time within American history. Educators are navigating the task eliminating Equity Gaps and creating pathways for every student, which provide access to a broad menu of post-secondary options—all amidst a climate of tremendous reform. As Gloria Ladson-Billings states, “…we are charged with producing literate, numerate young citizens who are capable of learning more and faster than any generation that has preceded it. This is no small task.” Through a deliberate filter of Inclusive Excellence, this presentation unpacks the complexities of leading for excellence and equity with precise attention to building systemic Clarity and Confidence. Holding a balanced tension between Clarity and Confidence, leaders will explore tools that promote precise organizational alignment and build systemic esteem of the very people engaged in the work (our educators), ultimately actualizing conditions for The School of Tomorrow, with the intent urgency of Today


Participants will gain practical understanding regarding the paradigm shift from Achievement Gap to Opportunity Gap discourse. Session attendees will be introduced to the concept of Inclusive Excellence, and leave with applicable strategies relative to creating structures for access and opportunity, which include every child in excellence.

Rachael K. Sharp
King Salim Ajanku

Race Matters? Interrupting Implicit Bias in the Classroom

Join Creative Strategies for Change (CSC) co-founders for an interactive workshop examining Whiteness in education and the influence of implicit bias and cultural normatively in relationships with students of color. Get a brief introduction to CSC’s social justice framework and innovative tools for interrupting implicit bias, and cultivating a culture of racial equity and responsiveness.


Social Justice Framework and Vocabulary
Key Components of Culturally Responsive Education
Tools and Strategies for Increasing Awareness and Interrupting Implicit Bias

Erin Yoshimuro

Cultural Artifacts: Dialoguing about diversity through pop culture icons

The average person is exposed to over 3,000 forms of marketing every day and what marketing firms and manufacturers count on are that these images will get imprinted into your mind and become a part of your thought process. What comes to mind when you hear the phrase Just Do It? It’s not surprising how easily we can become conditioned to believe what’s portrayed in the media in forms of TV, movies, commercials, bill boards, and magazines. Participants will engage in dialogue around the impact of various ethnic popular icons and artifacts from the past to the present. Tables will be set up for each artifact to allow participants small group discussion to create safety and encourage that all voices be heard. This is a timed exercise to allow groups to view and dialogue about all artifacts presented.

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