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About Leading with Justice

#LeadingWithJustice is a webinar series featuring educational luminaries who are shaping the landscape of what education is and can be. Check out the recorded videos and resource links below!

Leading with Justice: Afterword and Next Steps
Citation: Wenbourne Hendrick, B. and Watson, V. (2020). “Leading with Justice: Afterword and Next Steps.” Journal of Transformative Leadership & Policy Studies, 9(1).


The Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Sacramento State presents the #LeadingWithJustice series in partnership with: Sacramento State Division of Inclusive Excellence, Sacramento State College of Education, UC Davis School of Education, UC Davis Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Sacramento Area Youth Speak (SAYS), and SMUD.


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Presentations | Fall 2020

Professor Richard Milner, IV | Oct. 7

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H. Richard Milner IV (also known as Rich) is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor and Chair of Education and Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. His research, teaching and policy interests concern urban education, teacher education, African American literature, and the social context of education. Professor Milner’s research examines practices and policies that support teacher effectiveness in urban schools. Professor Milner’s work has appeared in numerous journals, and he has published seven books. His most recent are: Start where you are but don’t stay there: Understanding diversity, opportunity gaps, and teaching in today’s classrooms (Harvard Education Press, 2010 and 2020, Second Edition), Rac(e)ing to class: Confronting poverty and race in schools and classrooms (Harvard Education Press, 2015) and These kids are out of control: Why we must reimagine classroom management for equity (Corwin Press, 2018).
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Dolores Huerta | Oct. 9

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Event Title: The Serna Center Presents: A visiting lecture by labor and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta

Speaker: Dolores Huerta, President and Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation

Event Description: The Serna Center invited the campus community to a visiting lecture by labor and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, on Fri. Oct. 9, from 1pm to 2:30pm. Huerta shared her personal story, offered insights on leadership and civic action, and discussed the importance of participating in the 2020 General Election. As she shared lessons from her activism to inspire the next generation of social and political change makers, Huerta also highlighted the importance of civic engagement, particularly for youth from Latinx, migrant, and underrepresented communities.

Sponsor: California Census

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Assemblymember Jose Medina | Oct. 10

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As the principal author of Ethnic Studies legislation, Assemblymember Jose Medina has been at the forefront of education policy. Assemblymember Medina was elected in November 2012 to represent California's 61st Assembly District, which consists of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris, and Mead Valley. He currently serves as chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education. A former educator, Mr. Medina cares deeply about education and works to champion policies that improve the lives of students across the state. He believes that an educated workforce is critical to the success of California.

Mr. Medina's eagerness to assist students beyond the classroom motivated him to pursue public office. He served as a school board member on the Jurupa Unified School District Board of Education and completed three successful terms on the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees. Mr. Medina recognizes the critical role higher education plays in supporting jobs and opening up the doors for opportunity.
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Dr. Kevin Kumashiro | Oct. 14

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Dr. Kevin Kumashiro ( is an internationally recognized expert on educational policy, school reform, teacher preparation, and educational equity and social justice, with a wide-ranging list of accomplishments and awards as a scholar, educator, leader, and advocate. He is the former Dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco, and is the award-winning author or editor of ten books, including Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning toward Social Justice, and Bad Teacher!: How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture. His recent awards include the 2016 Social Justice in Education Award from the American Educational Research Association, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
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Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings | Oct. 21

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Gloria Ladson-Billings is the President of the National Academy of Education. She is the former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and faculty affiliate in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was the 2005-2006 president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Ladson-Billings’ research examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students. She also investigates Critical Race Theory applications to education. She is the author of the critically acclaimed books The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children and Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms, and numerous journal articles and book chapters. She is the former editor of the American Educational Research Journal and a member of several editorial boards. Her work has won numerous scholarly awards including the H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, the NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Palmer O. Johnson outstanding research award. During the 2003-2004 academic year, she was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. In fall of 2004, she received the George and Louise Spindler Award from the Council on Anthropology and Education for significant and ongoing contributions to the field of educational anthropology. She holds honorary degrees from Umeå University (Umeå Sweden), University of Massachusetts-Lowell, the University of Alicante (Alicante, Spain), the Erickson Institute (Chicago), and Morgan State University (Baltimore). She is a 2018 recipient of the AERA Distinguished Research Award, and she was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2018.
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Dean Maureen Gillette | Oct. 28

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Dr. Maureen Gillette was appointed Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Seton Hall University in 2016. She previously served for eleven years as Dean at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and five years as Associate Dean of the College of Education at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Prior to that, she was a faculty member and Chair of Teacher Education at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. Maureen began her career as a teacher, serving 13 years in elementary and middle-level classrooms in public and Catholic schools. She has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. She is co-author of two books, the latest Star Teachers of Children of Poverty (Routledge, 2016, with Martin Haberman & Djanna Hill) and the 2005, Learning to Teach Everyone’s Children: Equity, Empowerment, and Education that is Multicultural (Wadsworth Cengage, with Carl A. Grant). Her research focus is on the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs that recruit, prepare, and graduate first-generation, community-based teacher candidates for urban schools.

Maureen earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin Madison, an M.S Ed. and BS Ed. from Northern Illinois University. She holds a certificate in Management and Leadership in Higher Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a certificate from ACE in Women Leaders in Higher Education. In 2015, she was named one of the 30 most influential deans of education in the United States by Mometrix Test Preparation.
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Presentations | Spring 2021

Dr. Victor Rios | Mar. 3

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Dr. Victor Rios is Associate Dean of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. at the University of California Berkeley in 2005. Professor Rios has worked with local school districts to develop programs and curricula aimed at improving the quality of interactions between authority figures and youths. Using his personal experience of living on the streets, dropping out of school, and being incarcerated as a juvenile—along with his research findings—he has developed interventions for marginalized students aimed at promoting personal transformation and civic engagement. These programs have been implemented in Los Angeles, California (Watts); juvenile detention facilities; and alternative high schools. He is also the author of six books including, My Teacher Believes in Me: The Educator’s Guide to At-Promise Students (2019); Street Life: Poverty, Gangs, and a Ph.D. (2011); Buscando Vida, Encontrando Éxito: La Fuerza de La Cultura Latina en la Educación (2016); and Human Targets: Schools, Police, and the Criminalization of Latino Youth (2017).

Dr. Rios has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Ted Talks, the Oprah Winfrey Network, Primer Impacto, and National Public Radio. He has had the honor of meeting President Obama and advising his administration on gun violence and policing. His Ted Talk “Help for kids the education system ignores” has garnered over 1.4 Million views. He is the subject of the documentary film The Pushouts (

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Dr. Bree Picower | Mar. 10

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Dr. Bree Picower is an Associate Professor at Montclair State University in the College of Education and Human Development. She is the Co-Director of the Urban Teacher Residency, Newark Teacher Project and the Critical Urban Education Speaker Series with Dr. Tanya Maloney at MSU. Her newest book, Reading, Writing and Racism, is an unflinching examination of recent examples of viral racist curriculum and what it means for our educational institutions to take responsibility for addressing teachers’ understandings of race.

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Our Justice Journey | Mar. 11

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Our Justice Journey is a collection of social justice podcasts designed to educate others on how to fight for social change as youth and beyond. This collection gets insight from a wide range of revolutionaries as they push to manifest equity and belonging in the world. Our Justice Journey was created by the College and Career Readiness team 2020-2021, and organized by Adiyah Obolu (Inderkum High School, 10th grade).

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Dr. Pedro Noguera | Mar. 17

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Dr. Pedro Noguera is the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the Rossier School of Education and a Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining USC, Noguera served as a Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before joining the faculty at UCLA, he served as a tenured professor and holder of endowed chairs at New York University, Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of 15 books. His most recent books are A Search for Common Ground: Conversations About the Toughest Questions in K-12 Education (Teachers College Press) with Rick Hess and City Schools and the American Dream: Still Pursuing the Dream (Teachers College Press) with Esa Syeed.

Dr. Bettina Love | Mar. 20

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Dr. Bettina Love keynotes the 27th Annual Multicultural Education Conference! Dr. Love is an award-winning author and the Athletic Association Endowed Professor at the University of Georgia. Her writing, research, teaching, and educational advocacy work meet at the intersection of education, abolition, and Black joy. In 2020, Dr. Love co-founded the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN). ATN’s mission is simple: develop and support teachers and parents to fight injustice within their schools and communities. In 2020, Dr. Love was also named a member of the Old 4th Ward Economic Security Task Force with the Atlanta City Council. In 2018, Georgia’s House of Representatives presented Dr. Love with a resolution for her impact on the field of education. She has also provided commentary for various news outlets including NPR, Ed Week, The Guardian, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She is the author of the book We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom (2019).