[Wsssc] FW: [ANNOUNCEMENT] Celebrating Diversity in Education Conference

Luca Lewis llewis at whatcom.edu
Fri Apr 13 13:54:14 PDT 2018

Good Afternoon, Colleagues,

Please join us for the Celebrating Diversity in Education Conference on Friday, April 20th at Whatcom Community College. Please forward to colleagues and students!



Luca E. Lewis, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Services
Whatcom Community College
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From: Barbara Nolze
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2018 1:24 PM
Subject: [ANNOUNCEMENT] Celebrating Diversity in Education Conference

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Thursday, April 19, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm, Syre Student Center, for Parents, Faculty and Staff

·         Celebrating Diversity in Education, Voices Together Ignite Change, Fortifying & Furthering Our Commitments to Social Justice in Our Schools

·         Keynote address given by Verónica N. Vélez, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Director, Education and Social Justice Program & Minor, Woodring College of Education, Western Washington University

Friday, April 20, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm, Syre Student Center, for Students, Faculty and Staff

·         Celebrating Diversity in Education, Voices Together Ignite Change

·         Keynote address given by Verónica N. Vélez and Andrea Gamboa, Breakout Sessions

Register at:

Keynote Speakers:

Verónica N. Vélez, Ph.D.
[cid:image002.jpg at 01D3D321.CD3BB4A0]Verónica (Vero) Nelly Vélez is an Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Education and Social Justice Minor at Western Washington University (WWU). Before joining WWU, Vero worked as a Research Fellow and the Director of Public Programming at the Center for Latino Policy Research (CLPR) at UC Berkeley. At CLPR, Vero developed research partnerships with P-16 institutions, non-profit organizations, and grassroots groups connected to CLPR's research priorities in the areas of education, im/migration, and civic engagement. She co-led a multi- method community needs assessment in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco as part of a US Department of Education grant that resulted in $30 million to provide cradle-to-career services for Mission residents.

Her research focuses on migrant mother activism, community-based participatory action research in grassroots contexts, popular education, and the use of digital mapping technologies to explore the spatial dimensions of educational (in)opportunity. Each of these areas is informed by her interdisciplinary training and expertise in Critical Race Theory (CRT), Latinx/a/o Critical Theory (LatCrit), Radical Cartography, and Chicana Feminist Epistemologies. Vero has published in multiple academic journals including Educational Foundations, Harvard Educational Review, Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, and Race, Ethnicity, and Education, in addition to several chapters in edited anthologies.

Vero completed an MA and PhD in Education from UCLA with a specialization in race and ethnic studies, and a BA in Psychology from Stanford University. In addition to her scholarly work, Vero worked as a grassroots organizer with Latinx/a/o im/migrant families for over 15 years. In 2017, she was one of six faculty across Washington State awarded The Ormsby Award for Faculty Citizenship to recognize exemplary service in the public interest for her efforts to create systems through which historically underrepresented and underserved students can access higher education. Vero is the proud daughter of a Mexican im/migrant mother and a Panamanian im/migrant father, whose journey to provide her with a quality education fundamentally inspires her work for social justice.

Andrea Gamboa, Foster High School

[cid:image005.png at 01D3D321.CD3BB4A0]Andrea Gamboa was born and raised in Seattle where she attended 13 years of formal education before moving to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University. Here she double majored in American Cultural Studies with a concentration in  Chicano/a

Studies and History. While at Western Andrea was an active member of the MEChA de WWU chapter, a co-founder of the Ridin Low in the 3-6-0 Lowrider Car show, attended numerous conferences including  LEAP,  and  helped  revitalize   the   Migrant   Youth Conference. She graduated in 2003 from Western, took time off and entered Seattle University's Master In Teaching program, and graduated in 2005.

She began teaching History at Foster High School in Tukwila (just South of Seattle near the airport). When she began she was the only Xicana teacher in the building and one of a handful in the entire district. She helped students begin a MEChA chapter, took students to LEAP, and eventually co-lead a Raza Leadership Conference at the high school. In 2009 she earned her National Board Teaching Certificate, the highest certificated honor a teacher can earn in the U.S. She has served in numerous boards and committees, at many levels, but remains most passionate  about  working  with  students   and   serving   the community. She is passionate about her chosen career and believes deeply in helping students unlock their potential and love for learning

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