“Sembrando Esperanza: Reflecting on the Past, Mistakes We Have Made, and Restoring Culturally Sustaining Education”
Co-Sponsored: CA NAME , California State University of Bakersfield
March 26, 2022
Proposals Due: January 14, 2021

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Conference Chairs:
Dr. Bre Evans-Santiago, Chair of Teacher Education, California State University, Bakersfield
Emily Callahan M.A., Assistant Dean of Students, California State University, Bakersfield
Dr. Bryan Bowens, CA-Name Board Member; Educator, Panama Buena Vista School District
Mariela Gomez, Multicultural And Gender Equity Center, California State University, Bakersfield
Hilda Nieblas-Valenzuela, Interim Assistant Director of Resident Life, California State University, Bakersfield


The California Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (CA-NAME) is organizing its 11th Annual Statewide Conference for K-12 educators, Social Justice for Educators, Higher Education, College Students, Social Justice Advocates, Community Organizers, and others who are interested in Social Justice Issues. The conference will be held Saturday, March 26, 2022 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM in person on the campus of California State University, Bakersfield. The 11th Annual Conference encourages us to cultivate hope through reflecting on the past, mistakes we have made, and restoring culturally sustaining education. Issues of oppression and marginalization are ever present within our schools. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, our teacher roles have heightened, and the exhaustion is overwhelming; but when we are united, there is opportunity for change. Through it all we were resilient by making a way out of no way. We invite you to the 2022 CA-NAME Conference to engage with fellow educators and community activists on ethnic studies and social justice issues concerning our communities.

We are honored to have Dolores Huerta and Dr. Bre Evans-Santiago as our Keynotes. The conference theme expands on frontline work of the civil rights leader Dolores Huerta who has been fighting for social justice issues for decades. In addition, we will expand on Dr. Bre Evans Book "Mistakes We Have Made: Implications for Social Justice Educators."

Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as Vice President and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). DHF is connecting groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create
strong leadership development. She has received numerous awards: among them The Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998. In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

Dr. Bre Evans-Santiago is an Assistant Professor at CSU Bakersfield and the Department Chair for Teacher Education. She received her Ed.D. with a focus on culturally relevant pedagogy at Illinois State University in 2015. Dr. Evans-Santiago grew up in both California and Illinois. She taught for 15 years in PK-8 in San Bernardino and La Cañada, CA, Washington D.C., and Bloomington, IL. Connecting with her intersecting identities, Dr. Evans-Santiago continues to research issues in education as they relate to underrepresented populations. She is also one of the key leaders with Kern Urban Teacher Residency as she works with WestEd, SRI and the National Center for Teacher Residencies to evaluate teacher preparation and provide insight for program improvement.

Inspired by Evans-Santiago's (2020) call to create “space[s] to allow other teachers to contribute their stories… [so that] social justice educators know that, first, it is okay to make mistakes, and second, do not make the same mistakes we have made” (p. xii) we invite proposals that center radical vulnerability, critical reflection, and openness toward improvement. We seek proposals that challenge teacher educators and practitioners to reflect upon our actions and to be more diligent with inclusive practices in education. In other words, we seek reflection and collaboration towards action and justice centering the phrase "start where you are, but don't stay there" (Milner IV, 2010). Thus, the goal is to build and move into brave spaces to break (our own) barriers, experiment towards solutions, and move toward freedom and liberation in education. In such a way, we aim to focus not only on the challenges of current times and spaces, but also the resilience, leadership, and (critical) hope of those sharing this space. Given this scope, we invite proposals related to topics, including:

1) Ethnic studies curriculum development and or implementation
2) Social justice issues within the school system and in our communities that negatively impact minorities
3) Culturally insensitive mistakes that have been made in and out of the classroom
4) Celebrations and or achievements for ethnic studies and or social justice issues in education
5) How to establish a more inclusive education system for all students
6) The perceptions of those aspiring to become educators
7) Reflection on the past on how education is becoming more culturally inclusive over the years.

Evans-Santiago, B. (2020). Mistakes we have made : Implications for social justice educators. Myers Education Press
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