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2019 Critical Educators for Social Justice Graduate Student Forum (GSF)
Friday, April 05, 2019 | 9am - 3 pm | Location TBD | Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Theme: Humanizing borderlands with radical love and critical clapback: Building bridges to hold space and honor place.

The Critical Educators for Social Justice (CESJ) Special Interest Group (SIG) invites you to apply to the 11th Annual Graduate Student Forum (GSF) during the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in Toronto, Ontario. This forum is a designated session free of charge for approximately 25-30 doctoral students. The session includes a light breakfast, full lunch, a panel of distinguished professors, as well as opportunities to interact with both panelists and participants.

The purpose of the Graduate Student Forum is to create space for doctoral students committed to and engaged in social justice and critical education research to:

* Help prepare critical scholars for future scholarship and related work.
* Identify strategies and tools to share and take back to our colleagues, students, communities, and home institutions.
* Learn from scholars and peers about the possibilities and tensions that arise in social justice and critical education

Within our current political climate, learning how to be a critical scholar in turbulent times is more imperative than ever before. The continued efforts to dehumanize minoritized and marginalized communities necessitate charting radical paths to dismantle artificial borders between scholarship and activism by sustaining relationships with people, places, and critical counter-spaces. Educators committed to social justice praxis honor place and hold space to navigate and negotiate realms of liminality, criticality and fugitivity in the academy and beyond. In our intergenerational gathering, critical scholars and scholar-activists, or ”scholactivists”, will (re)connect, (re)energize, and strive towards wellness, while building community and strategizing on how to tear down the walls that dehumanize, colonize and otherize our people, our places and planet. To that end, the 11th Annual CESJ Graduate Student Forum is guided by the following questions:

1. How can we leverage/engage/activate radical love and critical clapback to sustain relationships across borderlands in the academy and beyond?

2. In humanizing borderlands, what strategies might doctoral students engage to tear down walls, build bridges, hold space and honor place in hostile climates?
a. What guiding principles or enduring insights should inform our efforts?

3. In our scholactivist strivings, how do we prevent falling into the trappings of the academy?
a. In advocating, representing, and serving minoritized students
b. and, in producing, humanizing and decolonizing (P.H.D.) knowledge

Application Process:
To be considered please fill out the online application by: Friday, February 23, 2019 5pm PST

Space is limited and interested participants should complete the application as soon as possible. Applicants are asked to provide the following information:

- General background
- Current academic status and institutional background
- Research interests
- What you hope to gain from your participation in the forum

The CESJ Graduate Student Forum aims to gather a diverse group of graduate students whose work and backgrounds align with CESJ’s mission and values. We hope to have representation from different universities, stages in the graduate process, research interests, ethnic/racial groups (especially underrepresented Students of Color), gender identities, sexualities, and other identities. Please direct any questions about the Graduate Student Forum (GSF) to

In solidarity,

2019 CESJ GSF Planning Team,
Malayka Neith Cornejo, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Nikki Cristobal, University of Pittsburgh
Lisa Covington, University of Iowa
Nerizta Diaz-Cruz, University of New Mexico
Jawanza Kalonji Rand, University of Pittsburgh
Oscar Patrón, University of Pittsburgh
Gabriela Vargas, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Eric Washington, University of Pittsburgh

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