Maryland Cultural Proficiency Conference
The 3rd Annual Maryland Cultural Proficiency Conference will be held Tuesday, October 24- Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Morgan State University.
The theme: Realizing the Equity Agenda: Courage, Leadership and Resilience addresses an important time in the educational community as we take stock on both the meaning and implications of local discourse about equity, the national conversation on education, and its intersection with the imperative that we eliminate gaps in student achievement and outcomes while raising academic rigor make this moment paramount in our efforts. We will examine what it means to be courageous in a time of continuing demographic changes of the public school population, what it means to offer effective leadership serving the students who attend our schools today, and how we garner resilience to resist the temptation to be stagnant. We must continue our transformation toward responsive education that meets the needs of every learner.
Dr. Tanya Williams
Tanya Williams’ mission is to provide and create spaces in relationships, conversations, communities for all people to feel seen and appreciated for their authentic selves. She believes that educating and working toward equity, as well as creating spaces of justice and communication all grow out of that desire. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Tanya is based in both New York City and Oakland, CA and leads Authentic Coaching and Consulting (www.authenticseeds.org). She has over 20 years of diversity, inclusion, and social justice teaching, programming and facilitation experience in higher education including professional roles at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, and Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. She holds a doctorate (Ed.D) in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and her dissertation focused on internalized oppression and process toward liberation. She also holds an MS in Educational Administration and BA in Journalism and English from Texas A&M University.
Plenary Title: The Equity Mixtape: Keeping the Rhythm of Resistance
In our country’s present climate, individuals and organizations working toward equity have to be reflective and intentional about their policies, practices, and actions toward creating a world that works for all. It will take much more than simply thinking that equity is a good idea - we will need to develop some skills, practice some behaviors, and settle into the courageous self that will stay focused during "the long game” of achieving equity in our schools and world. Join social justice education and equity consultant and coach, Dr. Tanya O. Williams to reflect on policies, practices and possibilities available to us as we strive towards creating our own equity mixtape.
Dr. Frances E. Kendall
Frances E. Kendall, Ph.D., is a nationally known consultant who has focused for more than forty years on organizational change, diversity, and white privilege. Author of Diversity in the Classroom and Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race, Ms. Kendall received her M.S. from Bank Street College of Education and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Kendall was recently named a “Pioneer of Diversity” by Profiles in Diversity Journal as well as being selected as an inaugural Legend of Diversity by the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals.
Plenary Title: Inequity by Design
One of the most difficult and painful realizations to hold onto is that our organizational systems were specifically designed to produce inequitable realities based on race, sex, class, religion, ability, sexual orientation and identity, skin color and ethnicity. In this keynote conversation we will examine how we, intentionally or not, participate in maintaining inequitable schools and how we can meet our responsibility to make change occur.
Web Registration is now open:
Early Bird Registration:
August 16th-September 20, 2017
September 21st- October 13, 2017
Reserve Your Seats
Registration can be processed by completing this form. Please make checks payable to Baltimore County Public Schools and mail to:
Alyssa Piña, Special Projects Liaison
Baltimore County Public Schools
Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency
9611 Pulaski Park Drive, Suite 307
Baltimore, Maryland 21220
Participants can register on site on October 24th and October 25th. The cost for onsite registration is $200.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-809-2444