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Multicultural Education Conference

The 29th Multicultural Education Conference

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Sacramento State's College of Education is excited to host the 29th annual Multicultural Education Conference. This year’s theme is “Beyond the Single Narrative: Fugitive Pedagogies and Educational Resistance.”

We invite poster presentation proposals from researchers, educators/teachers, graduate students, community practitioners, and others to participate in the 2023 MCE Conference. Proposals may focus on the conference theme or feature innovative ideas and pedagogical practice that addresses social/racial justice and equity in education.

2023 Conference Details

Saturday, March 4, 9 am-2 pm (PST) | Virtual Conference
Online via Zoom (see schedule below for full details)| Register for the link
ASL Interpreters provided

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Welcome from the Conference Co-Chairs

We welcome you to the 29th Annual College of Education Multicultural Education (MCE) Conference. As new co-chairs, we are excited to carry the torch passed on to us and continue the vision of transformative and socially just education for all. This year’s theme—Beyond the Single Narrative: Fugitive Pedagogies and Educational Resistance—allowed us to critically reflect on how education can emancipate us from a single narrative. In a multi-racial democracy, diversity of ideas and multiple frames of thinking benefit the community and the world. Moving beyond the single narrative is imperative in education to develop instructional strategies and creative solutions that resist and dismantle hegemonic ideals. Jarvis Givens (2021) calls these fugitive pedagogies.

The dramatic change in the U.S. demographic profile will continue and it reverberates in today’s classrooms. As we resist a single narrative, People of Color will continue to thrive and be visible as part of this multi-racial tapestry of U.S. society. As we emerge from the shadow of the pandemic, the 2023 MCE conference aspires to address the power of multiple narratives, fugitive pedagogies, and educational resistance against a dominant White ideology. We provide a space to help us understand how these narratives, pedagogies, and resistance can challenge the current system and structure of education.

We welcome our keynote speaker, Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, and our diverse panelists—Dr. Shamari Reid, Dr. Rezenet Moges-Riedel, and Dr. Leilani Sabzalian—presenting their scholarly work in Queer, Disability, and Indigenous studies.

We appreciate your commitment to making this conference a success.

En la solidaridad and pakikipag-kapwa!
Drs. Eric Claravall and Alma Flores, Conference Co-Chairs

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Conference Schedule

Time Event
Saturday, March 4
9:00 am Welcome
9:30 am Keynote: Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade
10:30 am Keynote Q & A session
11:00 am Conference Awards
11:15 am Poster Presentations
11:30 am —BREAK—
11:45 am Panel Introductions
12:00 pm  Panelist | Dr. Leilani Sabzalian
12:30 pm Panelist | Dr. Shamari Reid
1:00 pm Panelist | Dr. Rezenet Moges-Riedel
1:30 pm Panel Q & A
2:00 pm Closing 

Live Presentations

Keynote: Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D. | Professor, San Francisco State University.

headshot-jeff duncan andradeJeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., is a Professor of Latina/o Studies and Race and Resistance Studies at San Francisco State University. He was a founder of the Roses in Concrete Community School, a community responsive lab school in East Oakland (, and has been a classroom teacher and school leader in East Oakland (CA) for the past 29 years. Duncan-Andrade’s pedagogy has been widely studied and acclaimed for producing uncommon levels of social and academic success for students. He lectures around the world and has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on effective practices in schools. He has written three books, his most recent just being released with Harvard Press in August 2022. In 2016, Duncan-Andrade was part of the great educators invited to the White House on National Teacher Appreciation Day by President Obama, and in 2019 he was chosen as the Laureate for the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education. In 2021, he was selected to join the Board of Prevent Child Abuse America. Duncan-Andrade has also been ranked as one of the nation’s most influential scholars by EdWeek’s Public Influence Rankings.

Duncan-Andrade’s transformational work on the elements of effective teaching in schools is recognized throughout the U.S. and as far abroad as New Zealand. His research interests and publications span the areas of youth wellness, culturally and community responsive pedagogy, trauma responsiveness, curriculum change, teacher development and retention, and cultural and Ethnic Studies. He works closely with teachers, school site leaders, union leaders, and school district officials to help them develop community responsive classroom practices and school cultures that foster wellness, self-love, confidence, and academic success among all students. Duncan-Andrade holds a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature, both from the University of California – Berkeley.

Panelist: Leilani Sabzalian, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor, University of Oregon

headshot-leilani sabzalianLeilani Sabzalian (Alutiiq) is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies in Education and Co-Director of the Sapsik’ʷałá Program at the University of Oregon. Her research utilizes Native feminist theories to create more just and humanizing spaces for Indigenous students in public schools. Her research also prepares educators to challenge colonialism in curriculum, policy, and practice, and implement important Indigenous-led initiatives, including Tribal History/Shared History, a law that mandates curriculum on tribal history and sovereignty in all K-12 public schools in Oregon.

Panelist: Shamari Reid, Ed.D. | Assistant Professor, New York University

headshot-shamari reidDr. Shamari Reid (he/him/his) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. As a scholar, Dr. Reid’s work explores how Black trans and queer youth and their communities sustain themselves amidst oppression, as well as how we can collaborate with these communities to better transform schools into sites of equitable opportunities for Black LGBTQ+ youth. In addition to working with Black LGBTQ+ communities to reimagine schools, Dr. Reid’s work examines radical love as a moral imperative in social justice education, and as a path toward culturally sustaining school communities.

Panelist: Rezenet Moges-Riedel, Ed.D. | Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach

headshot-rezenet moges-riedelDr. Rezenet Moges-Riedel is an Assistant Professor in ASL Linguistics and Deaf Cultures program at California State University, Long Beach. Her dissertation focuses on intersectional experiences and retention of Deaf Faculty of Color, working at postsecondary institutions. Her current works are heavily shaped by critical race theory, which she reframed "White Oralism" and "Black Deaf Gain". Her research interests also encompass in linguistic anthropological issues, such as sign language contact, demissionization, and female masculinity signing styles. Moges(-Riedel) has published in Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity and Sign Language Studies journal. She also had several book-chapters published by University of California Press, Oxford University Press and Gallaudet University Press.

Social Justice Awards

2023 Awardees

Community Member Award | Chanowk and Judith Yisrael
chanowk_judith_yisrael_sja.jpgChanowk and Judith Yisrael are co-founders of the Yisrael Family Urban Farm, located in their home community of South Oak Park, Sacramento. The mission of the Yisrael Family Urban Farm is to “transform the hood for GOOD using agriculture to engage, employ, and empower our community,” . Founded in 2012, the organization has 3 primary initiatives: 1) Garden Build Program: A program that provides residents a garden and hands-on learnings to grow from – either at no or low cost 2) Project G.O.O.D (Growing Our Own destiny): A summer youth mentorship program, 3) Culinary education: A separate pillar that provides educational programming in culinary, herbal and food preserving skills. Chanowk and Judith understand urban agriculture as a tool for community engagement, empowerment, resilience and autonomy. Their work is rooted in deep wisdoms that emerge from African and Indigenous approaches to permaculture and responsible relationship to our planet, with multiple intersecting impacts including racial justice, economic justice, critical land-based pedagogies, community-building, and more.

Alumnus Award | Nancy Huante-Tzintzun
nancy_huante_tzintzun_sja.jpegNancy Huante-Tzintzun has dedicated much of her personal and professional life to uplifting her community of Stockton. After graduate from Sac State in 2008, she went on to get her Masters at SDSU, and after finishing her PhD at the University of Utah she returned to her hometown of Stockton to put her degrees into practice. As the Education Director of the Stockton Schools Initiative (SSI), Initiative of Reinvent South Stockton Coalition she facilitated workshops supporting parents and community members to become leaders in their children’s education. She co-founded NOPAL in Stockton a project that holds space for youth to convivir (be in community) and learn about the self and its connection to Chicana/o/x history, culture, and power. Currently, she is working with her co-founder to secure a cultural space for Stockton youth to gather. Nancy’s unrelentless dedication to her community, and her ability to bridge academia with community are a shining example of working beyond the single narrative.


The MCE Committee, pictured left to right:

Dale Allender, Lorena Camargo Gonzalez, Karina Figueroa-Ramirez, Elizabeth Morgan, Aaminah Norris, Ravin Pan, Parker Scott, Sruthi Swami, Maiko Xiong, Vajra Watson

Resources & Research


Ryan Alvarez

Exploring The Effects Of Institutional Peer Supports On A Community College English Learners Sense Of Belonging

Alvarez presentation

Jodi Becker M.A. Ed

A Teacher’s Right to Thrive: Exploring Care and Harm in Education through a Healing Circle Model

becker presentation

Orlando Carreón, Leslie Banes, Rebecca Ambrose, Matt Wallace

Advocacy Takes Courage and Courage Takes Practice: Teacher Candidates Learning by Listening to Multilingual Youth


Gloria Valle Halleck and Dr. Setareh Tabrizi

Dismantling the “Single Story” Narrative: Re-examining Grading Practices with Students in Mind


Krystle R. Andrews, Ed.D

School Discipline Reimagined: Centering Black Students in Discipline Policies


Lisa Stubenrauch

Ethnic Studies and the 7 C's as an empowering counternarrative


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Thank you to all that contribute to advancing multicultural education, here at the university and beyond. Without your tireless work, the goals of our anchor university initiatives would not come to fruition.

Thank you to our sponsors who keep this work going:
The Office of the President,
The Division for Exclusive Excellence,
The College of Education,
& all who give in the name of anti-racist education.


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