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Multicultural Education Conference

The 27th Multicultural Education Conference


Sacramento State is excited to host the 27th Annual Multicultural Education Conference virtually. This year our conference theme is "Lifting as We Climb" inspired by the work of the National Association of Colored Women founded in 1896 to support education and women's suffrage by fighting racism and sexism. We see these ancestors as guides to help us build a path towards collective healing from the complexities of our trauma and grief over the double pandemics of Covid 19 and anti-blackness.

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The Keynote presentation was not recorded by request of the presenter. This recording begins at the presentation of the Social Justice Award.

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Conference Details

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Conference Information:

Date: March 20th, 2021, 9:00 am- 4:00 pm.

The webinar session will be recorded and transcribed. We will also have an ASL interpreter and Closed Captioner to support accessibility.

Proposals due: February 25th, 2021.

Conference Schedule

Time Event Event
9:00–11 a.m. Welcome, 27th Annual MCE Conference Drs. Dale Allender & Aaminah Norris
  Land Acknowledgement Dr. Margarita Berta-Avila
  Thank Yous Dr. Dale Allendar
  Keynote Speaker Dr. Bettina L. Love
  Racial Justice Award Bablwa Kwanele
  Closing Drs. Dale Allender & Aaminah Norris
11 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Counternarratives in Communities and Classrooms Dr. Dale Allender
  Panelist A Dr. Daniel G. Solorzano
  Panelist B Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales
2:00–4:00 p.m. Centering Black Women Educators in History Dr. Malika Hollinside & Panelists
  Panel (see program for full panelist listing)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bettina Love

Dr. Bettina Love

Dr. Bettina L. 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).

Live Presentations

Presenter: Dr. Daniel G. Solorzano

Dr. Daniel Solarzano

Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education, Professor of Chicana/o and Central American Studies Director of the Center for Critical Race Studies in Education University of California, Los Angeles

Daniel Solorzano is a Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education and Chicana/o and Central American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also the Director of the Center for Critical Race Studies in Education at UCLA. His teaching and research interests include critical race theory in education; racial microaggressions; racial microaffirmations; and critical race spatial analysis. Dr. Solorzano has authored more than 100 research articles, book chapters, and books on issues related to educational access and equity for underrepresented student populations and communities in the United States. In 2007, Professor Solorzano received the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2012, Solorzano was awarded the Critical Race Studies in Education Association Derrick A. Bell Legacy Award. In 2014, Solorzano was elected a Fellow of the American Education Research Association. Professor Solorzano received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Claremont Graduate University in 2020. Also, in 2020, Solorzano was elected to the National Academy of Education.

Presenter: Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales

Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales.jpg

Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales is a professor in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. She has worked with students, teachers, schools, and districts throughout the nation, including the San Francisco Unified School District, to co-develop Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Social Justice, and Filipino Language curriculum. She co-founded several programs and organizations that have spearheaded the curriculum and pedagogical development of Ethnic Studies including Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) and Community Responsive Education (CRE).

Dr. Tintiangco-Cubales was born and raised on Ohlone land with parents who were immigrants from the Philippines--womb (Batangas) and seed (Tarlac). She is an award-winning full professor in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Since 2000, she’s been teaching in the Asian American Studies Department with a focus on Filipina/x/o (American) Studies. She is also an affiliated faculty member in the Educational Leadership. She has mentored hundreds of critical master’s and doctoral students who are now teaching and working in schools, colleges, and community organizations across the nation. She is also the co-founder and director of Community Responsive Education (CRE), a national firm that supports the development of responsive, equitable, and justice-driven educators. She is currently providing direct support to schools, districts, and organizations in San Francisco, Daly City, Oakland, New York, and Baltimore. Her most recent endeavor with CRE is the development of a community responsive wellness praxis of change and index. In 2001, she founded Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP), a “barangay” that focuses on providing schools with Ethnic Studies courses and curriculum, developing radical educators, and creating resources for Filipina/x/o communities and similarly marginalized people. She has worked with several school districts throughout the nation, including the San Francisco Unified School District, to co-develop Ethnic Studies, Social Justice, and Filipino Language curriculum. She is the author of four books of curriculum and numerous articles focused on the applications of critical pedagogy, Ethnic Studies curriculum, Motherscholarship, and Pinayism.

Social Justice Awards

Social Justice Award Winner photo

The 2021 Sacramento State College of Education Multicultural Education Conference Committee acknowledges Babalwa Kwanele’s many efforts to promote social justice education within her community.

Babalwa Kwanele is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), she holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling. She has over 30 years of professional experience working with culturally diverse youth, children, and families in community mental health and school-based settings. Her work and research have a special focus on treatment, prevention, and intervention, with the goal of improving academic outcomes and the social determinants of health. Ms. Kwanele has extensively studied the neurobiology of trauma, complex trauma, and the effects of racism and poverty on communities, families, individuals, and complex systems since 1990. She is a well-seasoned clinician, professional trainer, and consultant; her private practice is Blackstone Therapy and Consultation.  She has been employed with the City of Berkeley for the past 21 Years in the Health, Housing, and Community Services Department within the Mental Health Division working with the community, children, and families. She is the co-founder and co-lead of the African American Holistic Resource Center (AAHRC) project in the City of Berkeley.  The AAHRC’s mission is to eliminate inequities and disparities by using community-defined best practices and approaches.  

We commend you for your work and encourage its continuance. 

Conference Presentations & Materials

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MCE Conference Fellows

The MCE Conference Fellows Listing

Sunday Symposium

Centering Black Women Teachers in Teaching, Learning, and Research Fellows

During Black History Month 2021, Dr. Aaminah Norris, Dr. Dale Allender, and Dr. Malika Hollinside recruited 30 educators from across the nation and one from Brazil to participate in a professional development opportunity focused on the teaching practices of Black women. The fellows conducted research on eight historical Black women figures who were teachers before school desegregation in the United States. We are thrilled to have our fellows shed light on the lived experiences and contributions of these eight little known ancestors: Virginia E. Randolph, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, Charlotte Forten Grimke, Margaret Murray Washington, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Lois Mailou Jones, Septima P. Clark, and Mary McLeod Bethune. Fellows will provide insight into these historical figures’ influence on the field of Education. To learn more, join us and our fellows for the Black Teachers Symposium on March 21, 2021. Centering Black Women Educators Symposium: Black Teacher Lineages and Life History Narratives

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Event Presenter(s)
Welcome Dr. Aaminah Norris
Opening Activity Eghosa Obaizamomwan Hamilton  and Kayla Freeman
Black Teacher Lineages and Life History Narratives  Dr. Dale Allender 
Life History Narratives I  Fearless Four Group  Dr. Araceli Feliz  Gregory Muhammed  Asia Thomas  Hilary Thompson
  Blessed Group  Jean-Paul Prentice  Janneh Frost-Hawkins  Halimo Hassan  La Niecia Henderson-Kobelt  Synopsys
Q&A with Life History Narratives I    Dr. Dale Allender 
Life History Narratives II    Close to the kitchen Group  Amber Clark  Abby Cohen  Mercedees Edwards  Marvin Reed
  Virginia’s Legacy Group  Dr. Jenise Bush  Shukri Muhammmed  Renee Wilmot  Ominira Mars
 Introduction to They Say I’m a Teacher by Catherine Murphy   Dr. Dale Allender 
 Film Short: They Say I’m a Teacher    
Life History Narratives III  Girl on Fire Group  Mariah Harmon  Mechale Murphy  Synthia Smith  Dr. Jenna Porter
   Phenomenal Women Group  Sherral Howard  Asia Clegget  Franciella Cristina Pereira dos Santos   Genesis Bell
Q&A with Life History Narratives III   Dr. Dale Allender 
Life History Narratives IV  Clark Sisters Group  Nikita Gibbs  Laureen Riddick  Melina Braeger   Tracey Anderson
  Queen BEE Group Magan Gaines  Quanee Ross   Iwinosa Idahor 
Closing Comments: A Standpoint Theory on Black Women Educators   Eghosa Obaizamomwan Hamilton and Kayla Freeman 


Thank You From The Multicultural Education Conference Committee

MCE Committee photo

The Multicultural Education Conference Committee:
HyunGyung Joo, Eric Claravall, Dale Allender (co-chair), Aaminah Norris (co-chair), Alma Flores, Maiko Xiong, JaNay Brown-Wood, Arlene Ortiz, and Maha Elsinbawi.


The MCE Conference Committee would like to acknowledge the many brave, kind, and compassionate people of our community that have banded together to make a difference in these trying times. You make a difference.


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