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Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference

The 14th annual Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference promises to be an engaging venue for scholars, teachers, and community activists to gather and discuss core issues of justice in education. This conference, which is organized and led by the Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education program in the College of Education, is part of a legacy devoted to critical scholar-activism and the land-grant mission of Washington State University.

This year, the conference graphics feature the Sankofa bird, a symbol from West Africa expressed in the Akan language as “se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki” which translates to “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.” The Sankofa bird is also frequently used as a reminder that whatever we have lost or forgotten, can be reclaimed, revived, and preserved for the future. It is an honoring of our ancestors who have shown us the way and taught us strategies for survival and resistance.

Our conference theme encourages critical and intersectional dialogues on the cultural politics of education, and in particular, decolonial and antiracist education and pedagogies of dissent, resistance, and survival. We are excited that Dr. Michael J. Dumas will join us as this year’s keynote speaker, sharing with us his wisdom and criticality in Black Critical Theory (BlackCrit) as we mobilize to combat antiblack racism in education and society.


Globalization Conference

12th annual international globalization, Diversity, and Education 2016 (#GDE2016)

“Moving the Dialogue on Race, Culture, and Equity Forward in Education”

February 18-19, 2016
Northern Quest Resort, Airway Heights, WA

The past few years has seen increased awareness of racism and bigotry in our country. Of course racism has always been present, but today many are noticing a number of disturbing trends and incidents, ranging from increased acceptance of institutional racism, a spike in blatant police actions against people of color, and indifference or hostility by many Whites toward racism and bigotry. What can we as educators do to address what WSU Vancouver professor Katherine Rodela calls “the continual need for culturally and linguistically diverse student, family, and community leadership and voice in education practice and policy”? In this conference we will examine ways we can talk and act productively and sensitively about race and culture in education. Such dialogue and awareness about racial and cultural equity are necessary as our schools continue to diversify and our nation becomes more multicultural. We invite proposals that address this theme. The following topics are meant to spark your ideas and not be prescriptive or exhaustive:

  • Student activism for racial justice
  • Community and family leadership in education
  • Immigrant and Language Rights
  • Talking about Race with Teachers/Pre-service Teachers
  • White Allies in Education
  • School to Prison Pipeline