The upcoming 2018 3rd Annual Education and Ethnic Studies Summit on April 28 will feature a host of nationally recognized experts in the Ethnic Studies field as well as community activists and leaders.

The theme of this year’s one-day event is “Nurturing Community: Critical Consciousness, Spirituality, and Solidarity.” Workshop presentations and discussions will explore ways to develop inclusive communities and support students of color and language-minority youth in the P-20 pipeline.

One of the keynote speakers, Dr. Angela Valenzuela, is the director of the University of Texas Center for Education Policy and the National Latino Education Research and Policy Project and the author of the books Subtractive Schooling: U.S. Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring, Leaving Children Behind, and Growing Critically Conscious Teachers. Her talk “A Spark on Dry Grass: The Grassroots Movement for Ethnic Studies and Growing Our Own Teachers” will explore to address the achievement gap while enhancing the well-being of out communities as a whole.

“I am really excited about Dr. Valenzuela joining us for this year’s summit. Her most recent work centers on the preparation of culturally responsive educators. But she is also rooted in community education projects in Texas that are exemplars of what beautiful, empowering grassroots Ethnic Studies could look like,” said Dr. Miguel Zavala, Associate Professor in the Attallah College of Educational Studies and one of the founders and planning committee chairs for Chapman’s Education and Ethnic Studies Summit.

Other special guests include Chingona Fire: A Feminist Latina Poetry Collective and several speakers from XITO (Xicanx Institute for Teaching and Organizing), an urban education consulting collective, whose nationally renowned urban education experts have years of work serving minoritized students.

In conjunction with the summit, Chapman’s Leatherby Libraries is partnering with Santa Ana’s Valley High School to host a youth art exhibit titled “Mi Cultura es mi Poder (My Culture Is my Power).”

Free and open to the public, the event will include workshops sessions for Chapman students and faculty as well as local teachers, parents, and high school students in English and Spanish.

See the event page for a full list of speakers and to register.