Symposium on “Visions of Justice & Liberation” Explores Interdisciplinary Activism

Event presented by the Center for Critical Race Studies and InterActions Journal includes keynotes by artist/activist Edxie Betts and Michelle Téllez of the University of Arizona, May 18.

InterActions, the UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, and the Center for Critical Race Studies will host “Visions of Justice & Liberation: How Do We Get Free Through Education and Technological Practices?” on May 18, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Campbell Hall, Rm. 1101. The symposium will include keynotes by Edxie Betts, a multiracial and trans artist, activist, and cultural producer, and Michelle Téllez, assistant professor of Mexican-American Studies at the University of Arizona.

Yadira Valencia, a Ph.D. student in the division of Social Sciences and Comparative Education and a research associate for CCRS, is a member of the planning committee for the symposium. She says that the collaboration with InterActions, “is important for CCRS because as a Center we engage in research that is intersectional for Communities of Color. Partnering with an established journal such as InterActions to put on a symposium can help us talk about research, student involvement, and activism at different institutions. This can be viewed as another method of demystifying information.”

Valencia says that the keynote speakers reflect the theme of “Visions of Justice and Liberation” by highlighting individuals that can discuss how their identities impact their work and activism in and out of academia.

“The symposium is very diverse and challenges traditional understandings of research and scholarship,” she says. “We hope that this collaboration can set a precedent for future intersectional, activist oriented and interdisciplinary symposiums that welcome diverse student populations.”

“Visions of Justice & Liberation” is co-sponsored by the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies; UCLA InterActions Journal of Education and Information Studies; the Center for Critical Race Studies at UCLA; UCLA Academic Advancement Program; Western Bagels; Guayaba Kitchen; and the Conservatory for Coffee, Tea & Cocoa.

This event is open to the public and admission is free of charge; however, registration is required to attend.

To RSVP for “Visions of Justice & Liberation,” visit this link.