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EDU|CAL’s inaugural symposium will feature keynote speaker Tara Yosso, who will discuss “Recovering Our Histories, Reclaiming Community Cultural Wealth” and demonstrate how we can engage these frameworks to foster a critical historical perspective of the communities we aim to serve. She will offer timely insights for those asking questions about how can a community cultural wealth lens inform our curriculum, our class environment, the relationships we build within the school community, and how that knowledge influences the structures and processes of the school itself. Her talk will be followed by a panel discussion with local K-12 in-service teachers who implement community cultural wealth in their classes.
Yosso is interested in understanding the ways communities of color have historically utilized an array of cultural knowledge, skills, abilities, and networks to navigate structures of racial discrimination in pursuit of educational equality. Her research and teaching apply the frameworks of critical race theory and critical media literacy to examine educational access and opportunity. She is a first generation college student from San Jose, California, and a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside. She has authored numerous collaborative and interdisciplinary chapters and articles in publications such as Equity and Excellence in Education, Harvard Educational Review, and Radical History Review, and has been awarded a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Diversity and Excellence in University Teaching. Her article “Whose Culture has Capital? A Critical Race Theory Discussion of Community Cultural Wealth” has become the top cited article in Race Ethnicity and Education since its publication in 2005, with close to 5,000 citations. The American Educational Studies Association recognized her book Critical Race Counterstories along the Chicana/Chicano Educational Pipeline (Routledge) with a 2008 Critics’ Choice Book Award.
EDU|CAL is made possible by an HSI Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of this event, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon, is to provide outreach to current and future students by offering pedagogical resources and tools to successfully work with a growingly diverse student demographic.