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 Bestselling Author Julissa Arce to Speak at Equity Conference

Nationally recognized author, speaker, and social justice advocate Julissa Arce was recently announced as one of the keynote speakers at the 2022 Equity Conference, which will be Jan. 20 and 21. 

Arce's bestselling memoir, My (Underground) American Dream (Entre Las Sombras del Sueño Americano), is being developed into a television series and her young adult memoir, Someone Like Me (Alguien Como Yo), is used in classrooms across the country.

Arce shares her inspirational story to change the conversation around immigration. She immigrated to America from Mexico at the age of 11 and was undocumented for almost 15 years, some of them spent rising to prominence on Wall Street. She made national and international headlines when she revealed that she had achieved the American Dream of wealth and status at Goldman Sachs while undocumented.

Arce is a leading voice in the fight for social justice, immigrant rights, and education equality. 

Registration is open now for the 2022 Equity Conference, scheduled for 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 as a way 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, and the event is expected to connect hundreds people with each other and with equity learning and practices that can be implemented immediately. 

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. 

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. 

Young poets will also have the chance to have their words heard at the conference. Students are encouraged to share their talent in writing and performance art by submitting an audio or video recording of their original poem or spoken word. Submissions are due by Nov. 12.

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.