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RECN UNITY #IGOTNEXT EQUITY CONFERENCE 2.0

February 5 and 6, 2021

Virtual conference via Whova and Zoom

The theme for the second annual Rainier Educators of Color Network and Equity Leadership Team’s equity conference was Unity - #IGotNext! Our Virtual Conference highlighted amazing sessions for educators, students, and community members learned, engaged, and gathered resources on various intersectionality and equity topics by talented presenters. Thank you for coming!
Rainier Educators of Color Network (RECN) Core & Equity Leadership Team

 
 

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Video created by: Stephanie Ervin

Editing and Production: Andre Ervin

 
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DR. BETTINA LOVE, SATURDAY KEYNOTE

Co-Founder
Abolitionist Teaching Network

Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and the Athletic Association Endowed Professor at the University of Georgia. She is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers. Her writing, research, teaching, and activism meet at the intersection of race, education, abolition, and Black joy. Dr. Love is concerned with how educators working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in Abolitionist Teaching with the goal of intersectional social justice for equitable classrooms that love and affirm Black and Brown children. In 2020, Dr. Love co-founded the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN). ATN’s mission is simple: develop and support teachers and parents to fight injustice within their schools and communities. 


She is the author of the books We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom and Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South. H er work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the English Journal, Urban Education, The Urban Review, and the Journal of LGBT Youth.

DR. GHOLDY MUHAMMAD, SATURDAY KEYNOTE

Educator, Author

Gholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad began her career as a reading, language arts and social studies middle school teacher. After teaching in the classroom, she served as a school district curriculum director and was responsible for K-12 literacy instruction, assessments and professional development.

She is the 2014 recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English, Promising New Researcher Award, the 2015 NCTE Alan C. Purves Award, the 2016 NCTE CEE Janet Emig awardee and the 2017 Georgia State University Urban Education Research Awardee. She was awarded the 2018 University of Illinois- Chicago, Researcher of the Year and was granted $750,000 by the U.S. Department of Education to study culturally and historically responsive literacy in STEM classrooms. Her book entitled, “Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy” was released in 2020.

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DELBERT RICHARDSON, FRIDAY PRESENTER

Second generation storyteller
Global Unspoken Truths

Mr. Delbert Richardson is a national award winning Community Scholar, Ethnomuseumologist, and Second Generation Storyteller, of the National Awarding Winning American History Traveling Museum: The "Unspoken" Truths. With the use of authentic artifacts, storyboards, and the ancient art of "storytelling", Mr. Richardson teaches "American History" through an afrocentric lens. His work is broken into four sections: Mother Africa: which focuses on the many contributions by Africans in the area of science, technology engineering, and mathematics (S.T.E.M.), American Chattel Slavery: the brutal treatment and psychological impacts on African Americans of the Diaspora, The Jim Crow era: The racial caste system that focused on the creation and enforcement of legalized segregation, and Still We Rise: which focuses on the many contributions in the Americas; Black inventors/inventions.


Mr. Richardson's work is primarily geared towards k-12th grade students as well as professional development training for (primarily) white female teachers that make up over 79% of the national teaching force. D.E.I. ( diversity/equity/inclusion) training is also a part of Mr. Richardson's portfolio.

 

FRIDAY SESSIONS

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BEN IBALE, KEYNOTE

Human and Civil Rights Coordinator

Washington Education Association

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MERWYN SCOTT

Director, Community Advocacy and Partnership Engagement (CAPE) Department

National Education Association

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ANDREW HIRSHMAN

CAPE Grantee & High School Social Studies Teacher

Illinois Education Association Member

 

SATURDAY WELCOME SPEAKERS

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LARRY DELANEY

President

Washington Education Association

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JANIE WHITE

Vice President

Washington Education Association

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CHRISTINE SAMPSON-CLARK

Executive Committee

National Education Association

 

SATURDAY SESSIONS

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DR. MARCELLUS DAVIS

Equity Alliance Minnesota

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ALEXANDER HINES

Director of Diversity, Equity and Access, UMN

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DR. CAROLYN STRONG

Strong Conversations

 

STUDENT PANEL

Students were asked questions about their learning experiences, struggles and successes in working through social justice issues in their specific school sites.  This was a raw session there were things that were shared that were hard to hear.  We listened with open hearts and a willingness to learn from the experiences of our student panel in order to improve our practice and better understand the experience that is Public Education as seen through the eyes and ears of these amazing students.

STUDENT SESSIONS

Soul Beats! - Ron Holland

History of the N-word 2.0 How do we change the school culture use of the N-word? - Dr. Marcellus Davis, Alexander Hines

Meet the NAACP Youth Council: The Youth Tell the Truth About Racism in Schools! - WA NAACP Youth Council

SESSION 1 OPTIONS

History of the N-word 2.0 How do we change the school culture use of the N-word? - Dr. Marcellus Davis, Alexander Hines

From an Ally to an Accomplice and Co-conspirator - Charlotte Lartey

When Culturally Responsive Teaching Isn't Enough; Ethnic Studies as a vehicle for abolitionist teaching - Bruce Jackson, Pamella Johnson, Alexis Mburu

What does it mean to be an AAC? 1.0 - Bill Lyne

White Supremacy Culture and the Antidotes - Darcy Smith, Jenny Bathlet

Black Girl Blues - Dr. Carolyn Strong

True Colors - Kandis West

The Intersectionality of Capitalism & Racism: Economic Justice NOW - Julianna Dauble

Courageous Conversation - When Conflicts Occur Across People of Color and Accomplices - Ben Ibale

Confronting White Nationalism in Schools - A Western States Center Toolkit - Keri Roberts

Stepping Up and Stepping Back; No One is Free Until We're All Free - How Eradicating White Supremacy Benefits Us ALL - Susan DuFresne, Becca Ritchie, Alan Sutliff

SESSION 2 OPTIONS

Meet the NAACP Youth Council: The Youth Tell the Truth About Racism in Schools! - WA NAACP Youth Council

Engaging Native American Youth - Levi Horn, Stephanie Ervin

Confronting White Nationalism in Schools - A Western States Center Toolkit - Keri Roberts

Implicit Bias as it Relates to Race and Racial Micro-Aggressions - Aneeka Ferrell

Teaching Anti-Racism in the Classroom - Edissa Jaramillo

Stepping Up and Stepping Back; No One is Free Until We're All Free - How Eradicating White Supremacy Benefits Us ALL - Susan DuFresne, Becca Ritchie, Alan Sutliff

White Supremacy Culture and the Antidotes - Darcy Smith, Jenny Bathlet

The Power of Hope and Resiliency "Transforming the Classroom and Student Lives" - Mason Quiroz

Black Girl Blues - Dr. Carolyn Strong

Disability Implicit Bias - Joanne Barber, Dindria Barrow

Courageous Conversation - When Conflicts Occur Across People of Color and Accomplices - Ben Ibale

 SESSION 3 OPTIONS

From an Ally to an Accomplice and Co-conspirator - Charlotte Lartey

Engaging Native American Youth - Levi Horn, Stephanie Ervin

When Culturally Responsive Teaching Isn't Enough; Ethnic Studies as a vehicle for abolitionist teaching - Bruce Jackson, Pamella Johnson, Alexis Mburu

Implicit Bias as it Relates to Race and Racial Micro-Aggressions - Aneeka Ferrell

Teaching Anti-Racism in the Classroom - Edissa Jaramillo

What does it mean to be an AAC? 1.0 - Bill Lyne

The Power of Hope and Resiliency "Transforming the Classroom and Student Lives" - Mason Quiroz

True Colors - Kandis West

Disability Implicit Bias - Joanne Barber, Dindria Barrow

LGBTQ+ Students of Color Experience in School - Joseph Bento