This year’s conference has been postponed. Participants will receive a cancelation email. Thank you for visiting our page and stay tuned for updates.
The Centering Equity Conference will influence thinking and engage participants in individual and collective action for social change. To ‘center equity’ means to focus on and create a point of action whereby fairness and justice are explicitly implemented in your personal and professional life and within your organizational structure. The Centering Equity Conference is an all-day event with afternoon breakout sessions.
- Explore techniques and strategies that will affect the ways in which you are activating humility in yourself, your community and your organization.
- Build a coalition of equity and principals committed to advancing equity through transformative and corrective policies and practices.
- Strive toward accountability to yourself and others by confirming and responding to issues of equity that are affecting humanity on health, cultural, economic, educational and social levels.
What is the PERSONAL JOURNEY?
Transformational equity work is a personal journey toward developing critical consciousness. Each person is transforming their thoughts, interrogating their practices and behaviors, and developing or deepening their core values to address systemic oppression for historically excluded or marginalized individuals and groups of people. The journey is key to interrupting, decreasing, and eliminating discriminatory practices and policies that sustain systemic oppression.
The personal journey is an ongoing and life-long process of exercising and practicing cultural humility, investing in learning about yourself and others, holding multiple narratives and stories to be true about people, and leveraging your privileges and positions for a greater cause. Each person has a sophisticated story that is not debatable. Therefore, each person’s journey to engage in equity work is layered, complex, and shaped by their experiences.
The 2023 conference will focus on how personal journeys, narratives, and identities grow and progress from power and pain. The personal journey is at the center of transforming ideologies that affect all systems of oppression and shapes how each person is willing to be disturbed and be a disruptor to achieve equity. Therefore, the conference will seek presentations highlighting the importance of honoring the personal journey, valuing how individuals leverage their commitments to equity work, and avoiding defaulting to the status quo or replicating inequitable systems.
Sponsored by the UCA College of Education and Outreach and Community Engagement