20th Annual Conference - 2018

Dates: March 16-17, 2018 

Location: Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sponsored by Drexel University's Critical Conversations in Urban Education

The Collective Struggle for Social Justice: 20 Years of PA-NAME

Yes, multicultural education is important, but, in the face of hateful violence being visited on so many of our students and communities, it is simply not enough.  We need to consider what we are willing to do to defend our children, their parents, and our schools and we need to be clear about where our solidarities lie.
-Wayne Au

A reason for optimism and resolve - … every major social revolution in the United States that has brought progress on these fronts has occurred on the heels of great tragedy taken up by people of courage and people of conscience to turn into opportunity.
- Linda Darling-Hammond

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

In this current sociopolitical climate of hate, violence, and intolerance, it is imperative that students, families, educators, and community members stand together to confront injustice.  From people working together within classrooms and on campus to community organizations forming collaborative partnerships, collective efforts to address inequities have been and remain the engine of social change.  Building on the principles and practices offered by multicultural education, the collective struggle for social justice is the theme for the 20th anniversary conference of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education.  We invite proposals that reflect on historical and contemporary models of collective action, examine current efforts to combat inequities in schools and communities, and imagine a world where social justice prevails.  



Lewis Diuguid is the author of Our Fathers: Making Black Men (2017), A Teacher’s Cry: Expose the Truth About Education Today (2004) and Discovering the Real America: Toward a More Perfect Union (2007). Diuguid is the recipient of the 2017 Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism at Harvard University. With the honor, he was named a 2017 Knight Visiting Fellow, at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Diuguid was an editorial board member and columnist with The Kansas City Star until October 2016.

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