EVENT:  UC Irvine School of Education’s Center for Educational Partnerships and the UCI Teacher Academy – in partnership with the UCI Humanities Center; the Center for Liberation, Anti-Racism and Belonging; and the UCI Libraries’ Southeast Asian Archive – will host a two-day Teaching for Justice conference intended for K-12 educators and all community members interested in integrating the principles of Asian American and Pacific Islander studies into their professional work.

WHEN/WHERE:  9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29

The conference will be held virtually on Friday, April 28, and in person on Saturday, April 29, at the UCI Student Center (bldg. 113, grid D5 on this campus map: https://parking.uci.edu/maps/documents/UCI-MainCampusMap-REV012320-23.pdf)

Parking is available in the Student Center Parking Structure, located near the intersection of Pereira Drive and West Peltason Drive on campus.

The full schedule for both days can be found here:

INFORMATION:  The theme for 2023’s Teaching for Justice conference is “Bridging Communities for AAPI Belonging and Well-Being.” 

Panels, workshops and presentations will be facilitated by researchers and educators – many of whom are nationally recognized AAPI authorities, such as Stephanie Cariaga, Cathery Yeh and UCI’s Judy Tzu-Chun Wu – along with local educational experts and youth leaders. A list of more than 50 confirmed speakers for the conference is available here:

Media planning to attend should contact Cara Capuano at 949-501-9192 or ccapuano@uci.edu for both parking and event credentials. Face coverings are recommended indoors but not required, regardless of vaccination status, per state guidance. 

BACKGROUND:  The racial reckoning sweeping the nation, the COVID-19-related xenophobia and violence aimed at Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on Black and Indigenous populations and people of color have accelerated the urgency and necessity of ethnic studies in schools. Last year, the UCI School of Education launched the Teaching for Justice conference in recognition that for social justice to be integrated and sustained in public education, local partnerships must be built that empower and prepare teachers to implement Asian American studies in the classroom. 

With the 2022 inaugural conference serving as a foundation, the second year of Teaching for Justice aims to nurture meaningful opportunities for participants to learn how to improve and implement social justice-oriented AAPI studies instruction. Organizers will endeavor to encourage Asian American and Pacific Islander belonging and well-being by highlighting pedagogy, research, practice, community-based initiatives and programs focused on AAPI experiences to help people take better care of each other.

The conference is structured around three goals: deepening content knowledge, supporting classroom implementation and advancing advocacy.

Guiding questions include:

  • How has belonging manifested in the AAPI population in the past and how does it do so today? How does it impact well-being?
  • How can we cultivate communities in which AAPI individuals belong and thrive?


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