PAULA GROVES PRICE
TITLE OF THE PRESENTATION:
Reflections and Reverberations of 16 years of the Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference
ABOUT PAULA GROVES PRICE
Dr. Paula Groves Price is the Associate Dean for Diversity and International Engagement and Professor of Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education at Washington State University. Dr. Groves Price has published dozens of articles and book chapters and is the editor of The Western Journal of Black Studies and the forthcoming Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Race and Education. She is also a section editor for the Second International Handbook of Urban Education (2017) and the Handbook of Research in Social Foundations of Education (2011). She is currently the principal investigator for a $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant entitled “Culturally Responsive Indigenous Science: Connecting land, language, and culture.”
Her research areas include, African American and Indigenous education, Hip Hop Pedagogy, Black Feminist Epistemology, Critical Pedagogy, and Critical STEM education. Dr. Groves Price teaches undergraduate culturally responsive pedagogy courses for pre-service teachers as well as graduate level courses in the areas of Critical Ethnography, Critical Race Theory, Qualitative Research Methods, and Critical Multicultural Education. She is a mother of two children, Sachiko (12) and Camden (7), and they serve as her inspiration for engaging in critical work with teachers, students, and researchers. She is a proud first generation college student, receiving her BA’s from the University of California Berkeley in Social Welfare and Interdisciplinary Field Studies and a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Social Foundations of Education. Dr. Groves Price is a founding faculty member of the Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education Program, and has assisted with the planning of the Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference for the past 16 years.
Welcome from the Conference Chair
Sixteen years ago, the Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference was founded by Professor Bernardo P. Gallegos as a way to bring communities together to discuss the complexities and meanings of globalization and diversity in educational research and practice. A key component of this conference space has always been to discuss core issues of equity and inclusivity and work as a community to support greater justice in schools and society. Unfortunately, on October 6, 2019, the education community lost a visionary giant with the passing of Professor Gallegos.
This year, the conference graphic features a hummingbird. Across the globe, the hummingbird is often used symbolically to mean many things—eternity, resiliency, healing, and good luck.
Some say that the hummingbird can serve as a guide to open hearts to more joy and love, and they are reminders that we should seek out what is good in life.
While the conference graphic and theme were chosen well before Dr. Gallegos’ passing, it feels fitting to share a passage from the final chapter of his latest (2017) book, Postcolonial Indigenous Performances: Coyote Musings on Genizaros, Hybridity, Education, and Slavery. Dr. Gallegos tells a story of a captured hummingbird and the passing of his grandfather:
“Today the hummingbird has special meaning for me. When I held it in my hands, its spirit left and merged with mine. Since I absorbed its life, I also absorbed its spirit. Whenever hummingbirds present themselves to me, I notice. I understand that I am part hummingbird. A week later, my grandpa died….Eventually, I came to understand that like the hummingbird, my grandpa’s spirit had become part of my own.”
In many ways, the spirit of Dr. Gallegos will be with us during this year’s conference, as the legacy that he created 16 years ago continues through our work. This year, over 100 papers, panels, workshops, and posters will be presented by educators, researchers, and scholars to discuss key issues of inclusivity and equity in education. Like the hummingbird, I sincerely hope that you all find this conference space to be one that reinvigorates your spirit, brings you joy, and connects you to other justice workers that are dedicated to creating good in the world.