2020 Critical Educators for Social Justice  Graduate Student Forum (GSF)
Friday, April 17, 2020 | 8am - 3 pm | United Playaz Center | San Francisco, CA

The Critical Educators for Social Justice (CESJ) Special Interest Group (SIG) invites you to apply to the 12th Annual Graduate Student Forum (GSF) during the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in San Francisco, California. 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 research.
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.While the collective struggles for educational equity, justice, and liberation are not new, our efforts towards social justice are reinvigorated in a historical moment marked by, a) the resurgence in overt manifestations of Islamophobia, racism, misogyny, ableism, nativism, and xenophobia, and the resultant increase of hate crimes on university and K-12 campuses, b) the ramped-up assault on public education through unbridled free market reforms, and c) the persistence of intersecting racialized, gendered, and classed schooling contexts that are simultaneously sanctioned and invisibilized by the state. In light of the continuing and current challenges facing the struggles for material change and educational equity, this year’s CESJ Graduate Student Forum collectively asks: What are our roles as doctoral students engaged in social justice scholarship in the struggle for collective resistance? What strategies might social justice doctoral students engage in to pursue our continued work alongside our communities in the current context?  

The members of the Critical Educators for Social Justice SIG are committed to teach, promote, and implement the principles of critical pedagogy in order to establish an educational movement grounded in the struggle for social and economic justice, human rights, and economic democracy. The members of CESJ are committed to cultural, linguistic, political, and economic self-determination within our classrooms, schools, and communities.

Application Process:
To be considered please fill out the online application by:  Friday, March 6th, 2020 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 minoritized Students of Color), gender identities, sexualities, and other identities. Please direct any questions about the Graduate Student Forum (GSF) to CESJgradforum@gmail.com.
In solidarity,
2020 CESJ GSF Planning Team,
Eric Washington, Texas Tech University
Jawanza Kalonji Rand, University of Pittsburgh
J.C. Lugo, University of California, Los Angeles
Jacquie Forbes, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lisa Covington, University of Iowa
Malayka Neith Cornejo, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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