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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Summit Program

Note the following schedule is tentative and subject to change.

8:00 am

9:00 am
Opening Ceremony

9:30 am
Attallah College of Educational Studies Dean Margaret Grogan 

9:40 am
Opening Keynote
Dr. Tracy Buenavista

10:30 am
Session 1

El Rancho Unified School District, Leader of the Ethnic Studies Revolution
Dr. Aurora R. Villon, Karling Aguilera-Fort, Christina Mata, Melinda Aguilar, and Jesus Magdaleno

The Implication of a Spirituality of Becoming on the Critical Pedagogue
Dr. James Kirylo

Youth-Led Participatory Action Research
Loara High School Students

Ethnic Studies I Wish I Learned in High School and College: Curriculum, Narratives, and Resources for Teachers and Administrators
Chapman Students

Transcultural Spaces: Building Bridges to Support Students of Color in the P-20 Pipeline
Victor Vega, Dr. David Gonzalez, Dr. John Escobedo, and Jesus Miranda

Poetry and Storytelling to Create Healing Spaces
Jeremy Michael Vasquez

Achieving Ethnic Studies at Chapman: Asian American Studies Panel
Dr. Thomas Fujita-Rony, Dorothy Fujita-Rony, and Dr. Edward Park

Turtle Island's Finest: A Discussion on Solidarity and Spirituality Through Dance
Tyler Vela, Casey Fox, and the Blue Star Singers

The Mexican-American/Raza Studies Federal Court Struggle: A Decade Long Legal and Political Struggle to Defend Raza History, Culture and Equal Protection
Sean Arce, XITO

11:40 am
Session 2

Student Developed Proposal for Chapman Korean Language Program
Josie Tiffany, Lisa Kang, and Beatrice Lam

Adaptación Sin Perder Identidad
Maria Barboza and Araceli Chavez
(Spanish language workshop with headsets provided for translation)

Centering Students; Myriad Identities in the Elementary Classroom: Focus on Conversations around Gender Identity
Jamaica Ross & Courtney Farrell

Eye to I: Engaging Solidarity and Critical Consciousness Through Duo-Autoethnographic Art, Teachers, Scholars
Kyler Asato and Dr. Kevin Stockbridge

Navigating Education as a Muslim Woman: Narratives of Solidarity and Spirituality
Tahirrah Badawi, Duaa Elwan, Maisune Abu-Elhaija

Decolonizing Pedagogy Through Counter-storytelling
Dr. Anita Fernández, XITO

On the Matter of Black Lives: African American/Black Studies at Chapman University
Dr. Quaylan Allen and Chapman’s Black Student Union

Action Research in Our Schools
Santa Ana Youth

The Lation/a Religious Experience: Identity, Ethics, and Transcendence
Dr. Rafael Luevano

Chingona Fire Poetry Workshop for Educators
Angela Aguirre and Yesika Salgado

Tezcatlipoca: An Imperative Toward Self-Love
Norma Gonzalez, XITO

12:40 pm

1:30 pm
Chingona Fire: A Feminist Latina Poetry Collective

2:00 pm
Session 3

Resilience in the Resistance
Monica Brasov-Curca

Rebranding Ethnic Studies for Community Schools: Creating Collaborative and Caring Environments to Promote Healing and Spiritual Well-Being beyond the Classroom
Victor Vega and Freddie Chavarria

Taking Action to Transform the Student Ecosystem: Nurturing Communities by Activating Student Voice
Edgar Orejel

Advancing Social Justice Pedagogies in Mathematics
Dr. Cathery Yeh and Dr. Carolee Koehn Hurtado

The Transformative Possibilities of a High School Ethnic Studies Class
Jose Paolo Magcalas

Círculos@Chavez: Learning without Barriers
Rafa Andrade, Matthew Cruz, Dr. Noah Asher Golden, Jesus Hernandez, Arlyn Shelton, and Natalie Medina-Esquivel

Centering Students, Myriad Identities in the Elementary Classroom: Focus on Conversations around Gender Identity
Jamaica Ross and Courtney Farrell

Nontraditional Ways to Success / Alternative Paths
MEChA de Chapman

The Art of Developing Community and University Partnerships: A Discussion between Longtime Community and University Collaborators
Patricia Huerta, Tim Bolin, Patty Meza, Suzanne SooHoo, and Kevin Stockbridge

Chingona Fire Poetry Workshop for Youth
Angela Aguirre and Yesika Salgado

Identity Dualism and the Struggles of Multiculturalism
Vietnamese Student Association, Andrew Pham, and Justin Le

The Nahui Ollin: An Indigenous Framework for Problem-Posing Education
Jose Gonzalez, XITO

3:00 pm

3:15 pm
Closing Keynote
A Spark on Dry Grass and the Grassroots Movement for Ethnic Studies: Growing Our Own Teachers
Dr. Angela Valenzuela

4:00 pm
Awards and Recognition

Student Art Exhibition

In conjunction with the 3rd Ann. Education & Ethnic Studies Summit, Leatherby Libraries is hosting a special exhibition of student artwork from Santa Ana Unified School District's Valley High School.

Mi Cultura es mi Poder (My Culture is my Power)
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Exhibition Dates: April 28 – May 20, 2018
Location: Leatherby Libraries Hall of Art, 1st Floor

Special thanks to Chapman's Office of Diversity & Inclusion for sponsoring the exhibition opening reception.

Awards & Recognition

Awards for Excellence in Ethnic Studies Teaching
Linn Lee, Benjamin Vasquez, and Carah Reed

Chapman Organizer Awards for Advocacy
Dr. Miguel Zavala and Kyler Asado

Ethnic Studies District Award
El Rancho Unified School District, Aurora Villon

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.


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