Equity Summit 2018

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

4:30–9 PM
UC Davis Conference Center
Davis, California

Registration for the 2018 Equity Summit is now closed.

Watch the Equity Summit online

Join educators, community members and experts from a range of disciplines for this annual event that addresses the pertinent social issues of our time. The UC Davis Equity Summit coalesces people, ideas and institutions to deepen strategies, shape actions and create solutions:

  • Connect with colleagues over dinner, refreshments and music.
  • Be inspired by Social Justice Award winners.
  • Create an action plan through in-depth discussions.
  • Explore resources and a curated pop-up book store.
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KEYNOTE: Dr. Leigh Patel
Professor Patel is a professor at UC Riverside and the award-winning author of Decolonizing Educational Research: From Ownership to Answerability, and Youth Held at the Border: Immigration, Education and the Politics of Inclusion.

She has been a consistent voice in educational policymaking and analysis, and her writing and research has been featured in media outlines including Beacon Broadside, The Atlantic, The Feminist Wire, Racialicious.com and HuffPost Live. She is the recipient of the June Jordan Award for scholarly leadership and poetic bravery in social critique.

Congratulations to the 2018 Social Justice Award winners:

Award for Community-Engaged Scholarship and Activism

Dr. Malik Henfield, University of San Francisco
Dr. Micia Mosely, The Black Teacher Project

Award for Seeding Improvements in Education Policy and Practice

Roger Viet Chung, Asian Prisoners Support Committee
Dr. Lina Mendez, University of California, Davis

Ubuntu Award for Inspiring Social Change

Patrice Hill, Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS)
Dr. Natalia Deeb-Sossa, University of California, Davis

Branding Harrison Youth Leader and Youth Organizing Award

Daniel Mendoza, University of California, Davis
Sammy Gensaw III, Nature Rights Council and Ancestral Guard

Lifetime Award for Embodying Equity and Diversity

Sammy Nunez, Fathers and Families of San Joaquin Valley

"I expected the 7th Annual Equity Summit to be intriguing and empowering, but I never imagined how meaningful of an impact it would make in how I envisioned my own future. When Dr. Vajra Watson, founder of Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS), said, 'Stand up if you are an agent of change,' and everyone in the room stood up, I was overcome with a sense of belonging and unity, a sense of feeling I was at the right place, at the right time. As a sociology student at UC Davis, structural change in the world has been a main focus of my studies. I previously dismissed teaching as a potential career because I believed it to be designated to micro-level change. The Equity Summit opened my eyes to see how it is possible to make societal change through education. Not only are our children the future of this planet, but changing social institutions, like public education, can make a broader impact on the community."

— Alison Barnard                    

Read more about UC Davis student Alison Barnard's experience at the 2017 Equity Summit.

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