Social Justice Conference

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In collaboration with the University Honors Program, the Latino Resource Center, and The Center for Black Studies, we would like to cordially extend the invitation to you for our first annual “Social Justice Conference: Strengthening our Campus Community while Developing Culturally Effective Students,” held on Saturday, October 19, 2013. 

The theme for the 2013 Social Justice Conference, “Strengthening our Campus Community while Developing Culturally Effective Students,” will allow you to explore varying concepts, theories, and experiences as defined by a social justice framework. Connecting research, academics, and personal experiences is an interdisciplinary approach that enables you to identify, validate, and articulate your definition of and role in social justice.

The “Social Justice Conference: Strengthening our Campus Community while Developing Culturally Effective Students,” will feature keynote speaker Dr. David Stovall, an Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dr. Stovall studies the influence of race in urban education, community development, and housing. His work investigates the significance of race in the quality of schools located in communities that are changing both racially and economically. From a practical and theoretical perspective, his research draws from Critical Race Theory, educational policy analysis, sociology, urban planning, political science, community organizing, and youth culture.

Dr. Stovall is a very powerful speaker and champion of social justice.  You can hear him on You Tube through the following links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgDxwolUI8w

There will be practical demonstrations that will encourage dialogue and engagement, while challenging you to critically think of your experiences, influence, and commitment to social justice at NIU and our communities. We are confident you will benefit from our guest presenters’ expertise, passion, and commitment to social justice!

We look forward to seeing you there!