9th Arizona Multicultural Education Conference: Where is Your Educational Institution on Racial Equity?
Join a gathering of over 250 educators, pre-service education majors, consultants, and community residents.
Mar 19, 2021, 12:00 PM MST – Mar 20, 2021, 2:00 PM MST

Where is Your Educational Institution on Racial Equity?


Racial equity in our education institutions cannot be achieved until all who work in the systems are conscious of and able to counter the impact of systemic inequities. Doing so requires acknowledging that different groups are situated differently, and that targeted, intentional approaches are needed to reach equitable outcomes.

Conference at a Glance
March 19-20, 2021

Friday, March 19th Pre-Conference

12:00 PM - 12:40 PM

Opening Remarks

Where is Your Educational Institution on Racial Equity?

Kathy Hoffman

Superintendent, Arizona Department of Education

12:40 PM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Breakout Session

A Nursing Narrative on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Implementation in the Academic Setting

Raelene Brooks Ph.D. RN

Saturday March 20th Conference Day

9:00 AM - 10:25 AM

Keynote Speaker

Opening Remarks

Erica Maxwell

Associate Superintendent of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Arizona Department of Education

The Healing and Transformative Academic Power of Humanizing Education and Ethnic Studies

Dr. Curtis Acosta

Founder and Executive Director, Acosta Educational Partnership, Assistant Professor, Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies, University of Arizona

How do we continue to survive, thrive, and strive for liberation in an era of hateful rhetoric, anti-intellectualism, and a global health crisis? How can ethnic studies and humanizing educational practices create a paradigm shift in education that simultaneously produces excellent academic outcomes, while transforming the lives of youth, their families, and community? 

10:25 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Breakout Session 1

Exploration of Toxic Stress & Trauma in Relation to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Tammy Zuccala and Ms. Gloria McGinty Med.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Disparities in Special Education

Dr. Latrice Gettings

Racing for Change: Understanding the History of Race and Systemic Oppression

Dr. Jeff McGee

The Embodied Groove: Culture’s Imprint On Physicality And Identity

Súle Greg Wilson, M.A.

11:45 AM - 11:55 AM


12:00 PM - 1:10 PM

Breakout Session 2

Creating Culturally Safe Space for Indigenous Populations

Turquoise Devereaux 

DEI at School: Preparing Materials, Presenting Lessons, Sharing Feedback, and Communicating With Equality and Equity

Kelli Christiansen, President, bibliobibuli

Safer Spaces for LGBTQ+ Students

Andrea Young and Sadie Redfern

1:10 PM - 1:15 PM


1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Closing Remarks

"Racial Equity in Schools" Discussion

Dr. Cliff Moon

Discussion based on the video by Dr. Tyrone Howard speaking to the complex challenges that many students of color encounter in their efforts to be successful, and how they can be supported socially, emotionally, and academically by practitioners, school staff, and school leaders.