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Colleagues Working Together

October 17, 2023

Lecture Series: Public Service & Social Impact: Pathways to a Purposeful Career.

Stanford University   

Graduation Ceremony

November 15, 2023

 Activism and Academics: Collegiate Movement-Building and the High Cost of Education

University of California at Santa Cruz

Old Book

December 3rd, 2023

What Research Can Be: The Power of Staying Connected to Your Soul and Purpose

Mount Tamalpais College- San Quentin


Previous Engagements


2022       "Education and Social Justice: Gaps and Blindspots in Our Practice." Equity Summit. University of North Dakota

2022       "Equity Is Not About 'Them', It's About You." One-Day Training- Upward Bound. Sonoma State University

2022        A Call to Action: Considerations for  Black Parents and Their Students. Black Family Night. Oakland Unified School District

2021       "Our Work as a Colonial Conundrum   California Council of Cultural Centers in Higher Education (CaCCCHE). Summer Virtual Conference

2021        "What Does It Mean to Do the Right Thing?" Foothill College Annual Student Services Conference. Virtual

2020        "We Can do Better Through Equity" (conference theme). West (WLAC) Annual Leadership Retreat. Virtual

2020         "Protecting and Empowering Our Students in These Difficult Times." Nativity Miguel Coalition National Conference. Virtual.

2020         "SJ Educators as Facilitators of Student Empowerment." Las Positas College Mandatory Flex Day. Virtual.

2020        "Making Sense of My World: College Frosh in a Time of Crisis." Oakes College, UC Santa Cruz. Virtual.

2019.       "Discourse Analysis and School Climate Initiatives in the U.S.: A Case Study". International Sociological Association. Warsaw, Poland

2019.        "Avoiding Pathologization: School Discipline and Safety in Historically Targeted Communities."  The NorCal SHSC. Berkeley, CA.

2019.        "Violence and Schooling in the U.S.- The Democratic Normalizing of Toxicity." UNESCO, Warsaw, Poland

2019         “Culturally Responsive Discipline and Addressing Implicit Bias” OUSD Office of Equity Speaker Series.     Oakland, CA.

2019         “Moving Into Matrix”. Larkin Street Advisory Board Ceremony. San Francisco, CA

2019         “Social Justice as a Daily Habitus” SOMeCA 11th Annual Alumni Event. UC Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA.

2018         “Institutionalizing Cultural Responsiveness”. Skyline College Flex Day. San Bruno, CA.

2018         “Critical Pedagogy and School Discipline”. Bay Area Writing Project Speaker Series. Berkeley, CA.

2017        “Merging Activism and Undergraduate Success”. Oakes College Freshmen    Plenary. Santa Cruz, CA    

2017        “Breaking The Cycle: Deconstructing Education Inequity”. UC Santa Cruz College 9/10 Social Justice Sequence Event. Santa Cruz, CA

2017         “African-Americans in the Community Colleges”. Southwestern College Rites of Passage Ceremony. San Diego, CA

2017         “Contextualizing Student Success” Umoja Southern California Symposium. Riverside, CA.

2016         “Equity and the Secondary-CC Connection”. C6 Alliance for College and Career Pathways. Bakersfield, CA.

2016         “How to Navigate College Without Losing Yourself”. UC Santa Cruz, Oakes College. Santa Cruz, CA.

2016         “Why Finishing College Feels So Difficult.” West Los Angeles College Student Leadership Summit. Culver City, CA

2016         “Thoughts on Equity in the California Community Colleges” West Los Angeles College Leadership Retreat. Culver City, CA.

2016         “Thoughts on Equity in the California Community Colleges” Merritt College Professional Development Day. Oakland. CA

2016         “Thoughts on Equity in the California Community Colleges.” College of the Redwoods Professional Development Day. Eureka, CA

2016         “Success Must Include Far More Than a Degree.” University of California at Berkeley EAOP Next Steps Summit. Berkeley, CA.

2016         “Career Pathways and the Challenge of Equity” CCCAOE Conference. San Diego, CA.

2015        “Change Within Systems: Ideas for Critical Social Workers.” California State   University- East Bay 2015 Dr. Terry Jones Community Forum.

2015         “What Then, What Now? Blackness in The Modern Era.” Commencement Speaker for Chaffey College BG.  Rancho Cucamonga, CA

2015         “Equity and Success”. Professional Development Day. Shasta College, Redding, CA. Keynote.

2015         4th Annual Achieve the Dream/Student Success Initiative Summit. Los Angeles CC.  East Los Angeles College. Monterey Park, CA.

2015         “The Current Landscape of Educational Policy and Equity.” Education Pioneers Fellows. Oakland, CA

2015         “Thoughts on Equity in the California Community Colleges.” Butte College Flex Day. Keynote. Oroville, CA

2015        “Liberation and the Problem of the Exclusive University.” University of California at Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA

2014        "Addressing Race and Equity Gaps in Your Practice". San Jose City College Presidential Inauguration. San Jose, CA.

2014       “The Central Valley, Equity and the Community Colleges.” California Community College Central Regional Consortium. Merced, CA.

2014        The “E Word”: Developing an Equity Lens in The California Community Colleges. Marin College Staff Convocation. Kentfield, CA.

2014        In Preparation to Confront College: Framing the Transition from Here to There. Maisin Scholars Award Event. San Francisco, CA.

2014        "Equity and Transformation- Challenges for Community College Faculty". Faculty Equity Institute. CCSF.  San Francisco, CA

2014        Developing Agents of Change. State Center Community College District K-12 Summit. Fresno, CA.

2014         “Equity Challenges in Southern California Community Colleges”. Student Success Summit at Mt. San Jacinto College. San Jacinto, CA.



2023       "Anti-wellbeing Professional Culture at a Community College." Plenary Keynote. ESA RN10 Conference in Warsaw, Poland.

2021       Thoughts on Leading and Listening. Sonoma Valley for Healing Justice- The Hanna Institute Sonoma, CA

2021        Authentic Equity Work in an Unjust Educational Order. Chabot College President's Speaker Series, Virtual.

2021        Equity in Catholic Education: Are We Living the Legacy. Panelist. Loyola Marymount University, Center for Catholic Education. Virtual.

2020        Transformative School Leadership. Panelist.Skyline College Equity Summit. Virtual.

2020        Embracing a Protective Ethic for Safe and Healthy Schooling.  Alder Graduate School of Education. Virtual.

2019        Understanding Transformative Leadership. Skyline College Statewide Equity Summit, San Mateo, CA.

2018         Addressing the Sub-Oppressor in School Discipline. National Conference School Safety, Reno NV.

2017         Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and the Community College. Equity Training Series at Skyline College. San Bruno, CA.

2017         Rethinking Social Justice Teaching: A critical Analysis of Teacher’s Lives and Teacher Leadership. AERA, San Antonio Texas. Panelist.

2017         Critical Challenges to Urban Education Reform. Atlanta Public Schools & Annie E. Casey Exploratory Convening. Oakland, CA.

2016         Embracing Authority and Liberation Pedagogy. San Francisco Teacher Residency Program (SFTR). San Francisco, CA.

2016        Humanizing Approaches to School Discipline- WestEd School Climate    Symposium on School Climate and Leadership. Oakland, CA.

2016        Equity Gaps in the School Discipline Discourse- UCB Social Justice Symposium

2016         Pathologization of the Traumatized in the School Discipline Discourse International Conference for Critical Education V, London, England.

2016         Humanizing Disciplinary Practices. National School Discipline Conference. Las Vegas, NV.

2015        Bullying and Race- Gaps in the Bullying Discourse. National Girl Bullying Conference. Atlanta, GA

2015         Equity Gaps in the School Discipline Discourse- Free Minds Free People Conference. Oakland, CA

2015         Educational Enablers- International Conference for Critical Education IV, Wroclaw, Poland.

2015          Boundaries and Stereotypes: The Slippery Slope to Pathologization. National School Discipline Conference. Atlanta, GA

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