Education & Ethnic Studies Summit 2017 Presenters
Attallah College of Educational Studies

» 3rd Annual Education & Ethnic Studies Summit

Nurturing Community:
Critical Consciousness, Spirituality, and SolidarityEthnic Studies Summit Art Logo

Saturday, April 28, 2018
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Beckman Hall Lobby

The 3rd Annual Education & Ethnic Studies Summit explored the power of critical consciousness, spirituality, and solidarity in the movement for Ethnic Studies.

Summit Highlights

See the 5th Annual Education & Ethnic Studies Summit event page for details about our event in spring 2020.

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Speakers and Presenters

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Angela Valenzuela

University of Texas at Austin
Angela Valenzuela is a professor in both the Cultural Studies in Education Program within the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and the Educational Policy and Planning Program within the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin, where she serves as the director of the University of Texas Center for Education Policy. She served as expert witness in the Arce v. Douglas court case that fought the banning of Mexican-American Studies in the Tucson Unified School District. Her latest book is Growing Critically Conscious Teachers: A Social Justice Curriculum for Educators of Latino/a Youth (Teachers College Press, 2016).
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Tracy Buenavista

California State University, Northridge
Tracy Lachica Buenavista is Professor of Asian American Studies at California State University, Northridge. She is also co-principal investigator for the CSUN EOP Dreamers, Resources, Empowerment, Advocacy, and Mentorship (DREAM) Center, one of the first undocumented student resource projects in the California State University system. She has published articles on US Pilipina/o college access and retention, undocumented Asian student experiences, and the militarization of immigration reform in various journals including AAPI Nexus, Amerasia, Asian American Policy Review, and Race Ethnicity and Education.
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James Kirylo

University of South Carolina
James D. Kirylo is associate Professor of Education at the University of South Carolina. His work intersects critical pedagogy, spirituality, liberation theology, and curriculum theorizing in an effort to advocate for a more just, equitable, and appropriate education for all. Kirylo’s books include Paulo Freire: His Faith, Spirituality, and Theology (with Drick Boyd) (Sense, 2017); Teaching with Purpose: An Inquiry into the Who, Why, and How We Teach (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), A Critical Pedagogy of Resistance: 34 Pedagogues We Need to Know (Sense, 2013), and Paulo Freire: The Man from Recife (Peter Lang, 2011), among others.
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Paolo Magcalas

Loara High School
Jose Paolo Magcalas is a Board of Education member at the Anaheim Elementary School District and an Ethnic Studies and US History teacher at Loara High School. In March 2016, he was named one of the Top 25 Teachers in Orange County by OC Parenting Magazine. Magcalas is finishing his Ph.D. in Education at Chapman University. He has presented his research in numerous national and international conferences, and his work was recently published in UCLA’s Center X Education Journal.


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.

XITO Presenters at Ethnic Studies Summit 2018