FEATURED Keynote speakers:
Dr. Nancy Gutiérrez (President & CEO of NYC Leadership Academy)
Dr. Sharmila Sen (Executive Editor-at-Large at Harvard University press)
Keynote Speaker Panel: Josephine Kim, Ali Nomani, Daren Graves, and Roberto Velasquez.
Brandon Fleming (Assistant Debate Coach at Harvard & Founder/CEO of Harvard Debate Society Diversity Project)
HOMECOMING (noun). “The return of a group of people usually on a special occasion to a place formerly frequented or regarded as home.”
Yet, in educational spaces, Pre-K through higher education, students don’t always feel at home. People of Color have often experienced what it feels like to be voiceless and powerless—to not belong. However, through our unification, we are reminded of the power that we do have. Our power is rooted in our stories: stories told by us, not by others, about our past, present, and future. The ability to use storytelling as a tool to change the narrative for marginalized communities is powerful, and indeed one of our greatest assets. Our power is rooted in connection. When we connect, build our network and collectively fight for justice, we prevail.
Systems of oppression cross various borders and boundaries. Community organizers, activists, artists, and educators committed to justice are strategizing to disrupt and dismantle systemic oppression that exists around the world. Through the stories and connections of our past, present and future—through our HOMECOMING—we can create welcoming spaces for our communities to thrive.
This March, return to the institution that was a part of your journey and explore the issues that continue to shape your work with future educators. This year's conference, "Homecoming: Past, Present, Future," provides participants a space to learn about and leverage social justice efforts for their own practice and trajectories in order to create a welcoming home for all students.