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College of Education

Keynote Speaker 2019

Dr.Dyan Watson

Nurturing Our Souls and Talking Back to Educational Inequality 

Dr.Dyan Watson teaches at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling in Portland, Oregon. She teaches methods classes for preservice social studies teachers, research methods classes for doctoral students, and researches how race mediates teaching. Watson began her professional career teaching math and writing for young mothers working on their GEDs in Portland, Oregon. She taught social studies at the high school level in a suburb of Portland before pursuing her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Watson is an editor for Rethinking Schools, a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization dedicated to sustaining and strengthening public education through social justice teaching and education activism. She is the author of “’Urban but not too urban’: Unpacking Teachers’ Desires to Teach Urban Students”, “Norming suburban: How teachers talk about race without using race words,” and “A Letter from a Black Mom to Her Son”; as well as the co-editor of Teaching for Black Lives, Rethinking Elementary Education, and Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching poetry for social justice.

Terisa Siagatonu

Another Wor(l)d for our wounds: Re-imagining Education as the Practice of Freedom

Terisa Siagatonu is an award-winning poet, teaching artist, mental health educator, and community leader born and rooted in the Bay Area. Her presence in the poetry world as a queer Samoan woman and activist has granted her opportunities to perform and speak in places ranging from the White House (during the Obama administration) to the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, France. The most memorable moment in her career was receiving President Obama’s Champion of Change Award in 2012 for her activism as a spoken word poet/organizer in her Pacific Islander community.

Washington State University