Black feminist, artist, and educator Dr. Jessica Jamese Williams was recently announced as a speaker at the 2022 Equity Conference.
Williams contributed to The New York Times best-selling anthology You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience, edited by Brené Brown and Tarana Burke.
Williams is dedicated to the creation of authentic and empathetic relationships, communities, and organizations and says, "Everything I do is in service of healing and efficacy; I not only want to be the best possible version of myself, I want to elevate everything and everyone around me, too."
Registration is open now for the 2022 Equity Conference on Jan. 20 and 21 at the San Diego Convention Center.
The annual statewide conference brings together district and school leaders, teachers, parents, students, and community members committed to educational equity to collectively grow our knowledge and work for students.
Educational equity means all students have access, opportunities, and supports to thrive in school. Social or cultural factors should not predict whether students are prepared for college and career.
The conference will support the work of educators and allies to engage in effective, systemic change and better respond to the linguistic, cultural, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students.
The 2022 Equity Conference event theme is Equity Is Love in Action. The event is expected to connect hundreds people with each other and with equity learning and practices that can be implemented the next day.
Register early for discounted rates of $350 per person, $325 per person if you register as part of a group, $150 for students, and no cost for parents who are part of a school site team that registers under the group rate. The early registration rate will close Oct. 31.
The call for proposals is open through Oct. 22. The breakout session topics are student voice and agency, culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy, family and community engagement, asset-based systems, mental health and wellness, and socially conscious leadership.
Also during the conference, people or organizations who are a beacon for diversity, equity, and inclusion will be recognized with a Lighthouse Award. Nominations can be submitted through Dec. 7 on the event website.
Educational equity is a priority of the San Diego County Office of Education, and it is one of the lead agencies for equity within the California system of support for districts and schools. To deliver on the promise of educational equity for all students, the San Diego County Board of Education is committed to providing educational opportunities and support to district and school leaders, teachers, and other stakeholders so that all students, including our historically underserved students, are served well and are successful.