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2021-2022 Programming

Please find below a list of current or upcoming CRISJ-related or -sponsored events on or for the Sacramento State community.

Interested in a previous event? Please see our comprehensive Past Events Archive.

Research Mentorship Conference (Virtual)

Friday, May 6, 10 a.m. - noon.

Students and faculty mentors participating in the inaugural cohort of the CRISJ Research Mentorship Program will present their research, creative, and scholarly work. Come listen to and engage with students and their faculty mentors as they discuss their exciting, social justice-informed research projects. The conference presentations center on timely, critical issues such as immigration policy, bilingualism, mental health, ethnic studies, true crime podcasts, and other engaging topics. The conference is free, virtual, and open to the public.

ZOOM ID: 891 0304 6116

Community Empowerment Faire: "Dignity, Solidarity & Community Building"

April 4, 2022

The Center on Race, Immigration, and Social Justice (CRISJ) in collaboration with Community Engagement Center (CEC) and the Sacramento Poor People's Campagin invites students to their annual Community Empowerment Faire.

In honor and celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and activisim, there will be a press release and public readings of his prophetic “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” speech, followed by the faire where students will be able to engage with various community organizations to learn about their services and how they can get empowered and involved on issues of social justice.

The goal of the event is to help students:

  1. Feel a sense of purpose by addressing issues that matter to them
  2. Motivate them to give back their communities, and
  3. Offer them the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge in the field, providing them the biggest lessons on what works and what does not in the service of social and environmental justice.

Violence Against Indigenous Women Across The Americas

March 8, 2022

Keynote: Dr. Katie Valenzuela, City of Sacramento Councilmember, District 4

Virtual Panel: Morning Star Gali, Restoring Justice for Indigenous Peoples; Irene de Barraicua, Lideres Campesinas; Edith Elizondo, Alerta Raquel; Andrea Guadalupe Luna Santana, Diversidad Sexual de Chihuahua

For more information contact Danielle Slakoff or Maria Vargas.

CRISJ Podcast “Building Justice” is live!

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Building Justice explores critical issues affecting our communities with the hopes of creating a healthier and more just world.

The ongoing conversations between the Sacramento State community and regional partners aim to spark understandings, empathies, and motivation to join the struggle for a better future for all.

For more information or to join the podcast steering and production committee, please contact Professor Monicka Tutschka.

Empowerment Scholarship

The CRISJ Empowerment scholarship recognizes students who exemplify CRISJ'S mission in their academic and community engagement.

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 14, 2021

Award Disbursement: Spring 2022

Criteria/Requirements: Undergraduate or Graduate (classified) student at Sacramento State, minimum 3.0 GPA, Full-time enrollment at time of application and award, demonstrate financial need (working class, first generation student, historically unrepresented minority), demonstrate civic service and social justice in the on and/or off campus community, provide one or two references, and submit with application a 1-2 page essay outlining how student experiences have motivated to civic service and to social justice.

To Apply: From MySacState, choose Student Center > Financial Aid Links > Apply for Scholarships OR via the Scholarship website

Contact Information:

US Neo-Colonialism and Migration to El Norte

November 4, 2021

The forum's objective is to increase understandings of the root causes of migration, highlight the centrality of US interventions (e.g., military, foreign investment, and labor recruitment) in causing migrations to the north. Significantly, the U.S. one-sided framing about why people migrate to el norte, emphasizes poverty, violence, corrupt governments, and lack of human rights... However, missing from the full picture is the marginalization of migrant-sending countries to the United States by its expansionism and domination of the Americas going back to the Monroe Doctrine 1823.

For more information contact Manuel Barajas or

Title Time
Keynote: Dr. Paul Almeida 12 noon - 1:15 p.m.
Musica de Resistencia (Music of Resistance) 1:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Panel: Voices Challenging Neo-Colonial Systems 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Advancing Equity in Higher Education: From the Margins

October 12, 2021

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The CRISJ forum, Advancing Equity in Higher Education: From the Margins explores what context preceded anti-racism initiatives and how to advance equity in higher education.

Mary Romero, Professor of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University, will be a distinguished keynote speaker. The panel will include Terry Scott (CFA Representation Specialist), Dr. Ryan Fuller, Dr. Amber Gonzalez, and Dr. Bernard Brown.

For more information contact Manuel Barajas or

Title Time Format
Keynote: Dr.Mary Romero 12 noon - 1:15 p.m. 40-45 min + Q & A
Panel 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. 40-45 min + Q & A

Un/Equal Freedoms Exhibition

Opened Thursday, May 13

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Un/Equal Freedoms: Expressions for Social Justice is a multidisciplinary exhibition of art and prose reckoning with the unequal freedoms embedded in our social structures.

Representing work by professional and emerging artists, individuals and groups, students and community members, the group offers artistic expressions for social justice, laying bare these unequal freedoms. Themes include:

  • Empowering marginalized voices,
  • Representing forward action,
  • Offering a vision for an improved society.

Image: Kachiside Madu

Too Close to Slavery: Essential Labor in California Agriculture

At Sacramento State, the Center on Race, Immigration, and Social Justice (CRISJ) hosted a zoom forum Too Close to Slavery: Essential Workers in California Agriculture on April 7, 2021.

Farm labor conditions are harsh in California agriculture, and became even more so during the pandemic period — as the COVID 19 infections have hit hard farm workers given their housing and working circumstances. This forum addressed farm workers' labor conditions, their centrality to the wealth of California, what can be done to improve their lives beyond the fields, and what are some of the immediate resources available to them and to their advocates.

Featured scholars, community leaders, and artists who through their work help us understand, empathize and mobilize on behalf of farm working communities.

For more information please contact Dr. Manuel Barajas, Professor of Sociology, or

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