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Equity Alliance forum draws national educational leaders

February 23, 2011

Equity Alliance, a center in the College of Liberal Arts & Science’s School of Social Transformation, will hold its 2011 Leadership for Equity and Excellence Forum on Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Phoenix. This year’s conference theme is “Beyond the Sidelines: Let’s Get to Work!”

ASU faculty members and students interested in engaging with other equity-minded educational leaders are invited to attend this action-focused conference, which has a terrific line-up of workshops and keynote sessions on the agenda, including presentations from Juan Sepúlveda, director of the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanic Students; Willis Hawley, of the Diverse Students Initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center; and Beth Harry, of the University of Miami’s Department of Learning and Teaching.   

ASU students can attend for the reduced conference rate of $75 if they volunteer for a portion of a day, or they may attend for free if they volunteer for a full day of the two-day conference. Post-doctoral fellow Jennifer Huber is organizing volunteers for the event; she can be reached at As a social justice event, this conference would be of interest to students in all education-related degree programs, justice and social inquiry, women and gender studies, social work, leadership and ethics, public service and public policy.

The Equity Alliance at ASU, co-directed by Professors Alfredo Artiles and Elizabeth Kozleski, houses the Region IX Equity Assistance Center, serving Arizona, California, and Nevada on issues related to civil rights in education. Given that well-educated and supported educators are at the heart of educational equity, the center works to build capacity at all levels to bring about systemic and sustainable change that delivers positive outcomes for all students.

The full conference program is posted online at

For more information, contact Elaine Mulligan at 480-965-8378.