Conference Program 2022


Dr. Bettina Love: Keynote Address will be from 9:00am-10:30am 

Session 1

10:45am – 11:45am

Title: Harvesting Black Power

Presenter(s): Byron Reaves--SRJC; D'Yonna Johnson--UMOJA

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Description: Come learn about how students can harvest the power of being Black in 2022. This session will focus on the action it takes to recognize, grow, and preserve Black power. Attendees will engage in conversation about the roots of Black power, Black love, and Black culture. We will dive into pioneers of Black power, soul and hip-hop music, Black art, and how individuals can use their position regardless of ethnicity or gender to push forward of Black power. This session will also focus on what is happening within the Black community here at SRJC. Join us for an unapologetic, soulful, action-based session sure to leave you inspired!


Title: The Injustice of Healthcare in America

Presenter(s): Terry Winter; Maria Behan--Healthcare for All Working Group

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Description: Every other developed nation offers its residents universal healthcare, so it’s an outrage that the United States—the richest nation on Earth—rations care based on individuals’ ability to pay. Our presentation will expose how our current system values profits more than patients, then share ideas for building a people-powered movement strong enough to take on the medical-industrial complex. This presentation by the Healthcare for All Working Group--a coalition of Sonoma County Health professionals, labor advocates, and community activists--will: *explore the gaps and injustice in our current system. * Examine how the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the shortcomings and inequities of U.S. healthcare--while offering strong evidence that publically financed healthcare helps not only individuals, but the community at large. * Brainstorm how we can organize to achieve health justice!


Title: Unpacking White Privilege and Colorblind Racism

Presenter(s): Dr. Amanda Morrison--SSU

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Description: This interactive workshop will focus on cultivating important skills necessary for white individuals to develop and grow into allies and co-conspirators in the fight against racism. We will cover the perniciousness of structural racism as distinct from interpersonal racism, and how it operates at systemic and institutional levels that cannot be reduced to individual attitudes and behavior. We will also unpack the ways "colorblind" ideologies (e.g. "I don't see race, I just judge people as individuals") can impede the growth and flourishing of antiracist practices.


Title: Fulfilling the Dream

Presenter(s): Rafael Vazquez Guzman--Lideres del Futuro Avanzado

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Description: Latinx immigrant (Refugee) families come to a country they do not understand and often face discrimination. Many of their children suffer through trauma and isolation that lead them to self-harm. In this workshop we will discuss the 25 years of working with gang affiliated youth and the prison program that provided opportunities for people doing life or post release. Some of the youth ended up incarcerated. Against all odds, some of these individuals are now living life outside a cycle of violence that would likely end their lives when young. A book has now been written to guide parents and youth on the acculturation process and how to succeed as immigrants or children of immigrants. The greatest lesson learned is that of loving unconditionally.


Title: What is Equitable Transportation  

Presenter(s): Carla Mays; David Capelli--#SmartCohort

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Description: Too often equitable transportation is defined by planners, sustainability and climate advocates that are not BIPOC, and who do not live or work communities that they make policy and plans. This session will be all about defining "Equitable Transportation". What needs to happen to make Bay Area transportation equitable? We will have a robust and lively discussion about your experiences, challenges and understand what your needs. Our goals are to make recommendations to the State and local transportation agencies and companies from the ground up.


Title: Ethnic Studies: Taking Shape

Presenter(s): Dr. Robert Holcomb; Dr. Emmanuel Raymundo--SRJC

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Description: Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that explores the contributions and experiences of historically oppressed ethnic groups within the United States.  It examines themes of sustained resistance, power in community, collective resiliency, social justice, and shared humanity, among others.  The Department of Ethnic Studies at Santa Rosa Junior College, launching in August of 2022, is comprised of African-American Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicanx and Latinx Studies, and Native American Studies. This interactive workshop will explore newly-developed course offerings, area focuses, degree requirements, faculty positions, and other aspects pertaining to this key instructional area of the College.  Furthermore, opportunities to learn how to enroll in Ethnic Studies coursework, in the fall 2022 semester and beyond, will be provided.


Title: Lowrider: Culture and Identity

Presenter(s): Emanuel Morales--North Bay Organizing Project

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Description: Through this workshop we break down how culture impacts self-identity. We use the history of Lowrider Car culture as a lens to consider how Chicano/Chicana culture was and continues to be a form of resistance and honor.


Session 2

12:00pm – 1:00pm


Title: "Lanzamiento" -- Together We Launch!

Presenter(s): Dr. Robert Holcomb; Laura Larque--SRJC

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Description: This workshop will provide an overview of Santa Rosa Junior College's "Lanzamiento" initiative, designed to engage and empower Latinx and first-generation college students through the cultural funds of knowledge they can harvest from within their own communities, including: bilingualism, transnational experiences, Latinx authorship, academic scholarship, and activism.  “Lanzamiento” program goals, activities, key collaborations, and student achievement data will be discussed.  Furthermore, opportunities for student participation, community partnership, and shared advocacy will be examined.


Title: Student Organizing: MEChA and the Latinx Student Congress

Presenter(s): Emanuel Morales--North Bay Organizing Project

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Description: This workshop focuses what the Latinx Student Congress of Sonoma County is, and how student clubs that participate in the LSC are actively engaging in community organizing by participating in student clubs in their respective schools. We also look at the historical context of MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a/x/ista de Aztlan) and talk about how this student-led organization is present on many schools across Sonoma County.


Title: Say It Loud

Presenter(s): LaKiesha McDonald-- LRM Growth Solutions

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Description: This workshop will focus on youth and young adults of color understanding the importance of knowing WHO THEY ARE, WHAT THEY WANT TO BE KNOWN FOR, and how to develop themselves into confident outspoken leaders throughout their educational and personal life journeys, as well as within their communities. It can also serve as a learning opportunity for non people of color to better understand and be more aware of some of the perpetual biases people of color are faced with in everyday life.  ALL participants will learn the power of words, and how they can be used to uplift yourself and others


Title: Unpacking the Intersection of Race, Class, and Special Education

Presenter(s): Seana Dooley McDonald--Petaluma City Schools

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Description: Participants take a deep dive into the data that link race, class, language, religion, gender, and other minoritized communities to the Special Education and the Section 504 systems. They will examine how these educational categories impact student outcomes, particularly how the system limits their choice of programs and classes. The participants will discuss the complexities endemic in the Special Education and Section 504 system, focusing on student and teacher perspectives. They will share their own lived experience in the educational system, including what worked and what did not. We will work together to create best practices based on the Universal Accommodations model so that participants can leave the workshop with tools they can use in their educational institutions, be they students, teachers, or administrators. And we will begin to unpack the pervasive conversation about students with disabilities in our institutions so that we can start to dismantle systemic inequities.


Title: Dynamics of a Vibrant Community

Presenter(s): Dr. Ed Bauman--Bauman Wellness; Christine Bauman--Baha'is of Sonoma County; Ken Beck--Baha'i Club

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Description: We will explore the aspirations people have for community life that give rise to vibrant, purposeful, and durable relationships founded on the oneness of humanity, universal participation, justice, and freedom from prejudice. To provide examples of how to grow a socially just, inclusive, vibrant community, we will share: 1) Experiences and creative activities that speak to stated spiritual, emotional, and material needs of families in our neighborhoods. 2) Examples of children's classes, junior youth empowerment programs, study circles and devotions that Baha'is invite all to attend to build a foundation for positive community life. 3) Explore each person's capacity to become an active protagonist in personal and community transformation based upon values and virtues, rather than power dynamics. 4) Offer an art activity to express images and feelings, to strengthen bonds of unity in community. 


Title: Mental Health Matters

Presenter(s): Genesis Callejas-Mir FNP, MSN--SRJC; Liya Levanda MA-Graduate Level Therapist at Student Psychological Services

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Description: We recognize the work you do organizing for racial and social justice takes a toll. That work, paired with a two-year pandemic has impacted the wellness of many in our community.  Mental Health Awareness month is in May. Join this session to learn about what the signs and symptoms of depression are, prevalence, what group is most at risk, and resources available at SRJC and in our community for our students.