Summit Program


Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Santos Manuel Student Union, CSUSB


Program At-A-Glance

8:00 AM: Check-In - Live Music

8:45 AM: Presentation of Colors

9:00 AM: Welcome Remarks

9:45 AM: "Novela Educativa" video screening

10:00 AM: Opening Ceremony - "Honoring the Ancestors"

10:20 AM: Panel - "Pedagogies of Violence and Indigenous Rootedness: Black-Brown Connections"

11:00 AM: Break / “Un Cafecito” & Live Performance

11:15 AM: Panel - “Project Inspire - Proyecto Inspire Transformando Vidas" (bilingual format)

12:00 PM: Lunch/Live Entertainment

1:20 PM: Featured Address – Hon. Antonio Villaraigosa

2:00 PM: Panel - “Catholic School Advantage: Latino and African American Student Achievement”

2:40 PM: Panel - "Access Denied: Rising Selectivity at California's Public Universities"

3:20 PM: Break / “Otro Cafecito” & Live Performance

3:35 PM: Panel - “Campaign to Promote Ethnic Studies: the El Rancho and Long Beach Models”

4:15 PM: Capstone Address - Dr. Maulana Karenga

5:00 PM: Concluding Remarks & Acknowledgements

5:10 PM: Networking Reception


Program Detail

Masters of Ceremony

  • Dr. Enrique G. Murillo, Jr.
    Professor of Education, and LEAD Executive Director,
    California State University, San Bernardino

    Podcast: Blog-Talk Radio - Dr. Enrique Murillo
    * Courtesy of Armando F. Sanchez Productions
  • Elias Escamilla
    Assistant Professor, Counselor
    Vice President Faculty Association
    Mt. San Jacinto Community College

Enrique MurilloElias Escamilla


8:00 AM: Check-In - Live Music

  • Continental Breakfast, Distribution of Packets and Optional Credit Registration
  • Mariachi Generación Musical

8:45 AM: Presentation of Colors

  • Color Guard Presentation
    Air Force Junior ROTC, West Covina High School
  • Pledge of Allegiance
    Jesus Acuña-Perez, Capt. (ret) USAF, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, West Covina High School
  • National Anthem
    Guest Singer - Miranda Allred
    Pre-Nursing, California Baptist University

Jesus Acuna-PerezAir Force Junior ROTC, West Covina High SchoolMiranda Allred


9:00 AM: Welcome Remarks

  • Dr. Timothy P. White
    Chancellor, California State University
    Video Message
  • Dr. Tomás D. Morales
    California State University, San Bernardino
  • Hon. John Longville
    President, Board of Trustees
    San Bernardino Community College District
  • Dr. Jay Fiene
    Dean, College of Education
    California State University, San Bernardino
  • Ms. Rosemary Zometa
    Interim Director, Office of Student Engagement, Division of Student Affairs
    California State University, San Bernardino
  • Fr. Patrick S. Guillen
    2016 LEAD Honorary Chair / "Padrino de Honor"
    Co-Founder, Libreria Del Pueblo

Dr. Tim WhiteTomas Morales - President - California State University, San BernardinoJohn LongvilleJay Fiene, Dean - College of Education, California State University, San BernardinoRosemary ZometaFather Patrick Guillen


9:45 AM: "Novela Educativa" video screening


Docu-Drama (15 Min)
Written by: Miguel & Andrés Orozco
Directed by: Andrés Orozco
Produced by: Novelas Educativas

In the U.S. there exists a crisis of extreme disciplinary of young black and brown youth within the K-12 school system. Many of the disciplinary actions and use of excessive force are due to fear, misconceptions, and low regard/value of their lives.

The docu-drama film, “StrikeOut” provides an inside view into the devastating reality of the students and families living in the school-to-prison pipeline. Using Entertainment-Education methodology, the film will show how “zero tolerance” and other overly harsh school disciplinary policies and practices push students out of school, criminalizing and incarcerating students for trivial misbehaviors that are often normal age-appropriate misconduct. Experts featured in “StrikeOut” will share how this extreme disciplinary crisis has broad-reaching effects: the harm it causes extends beyond the school hallways and into communities, law enforcement, teachers, the workforce, and ultimately the future of the U.S.

*Presentation made possible through a working partnership with Novelas Educativas® , a digital media company based in Burbank, CA that specializes in Entertainment-Education strategies, Bilingual Outreach Strategies and Multi-Platform Campaigns. Our mission is to create cultural-relevant media campaigns that help diverse communities navigate through educational, financial, health and other complex systems. Our digital media resources are distributed via Internet,mobile, broadcasting, radio and film to have the maximum community and social impact.

Miguel Orozco

Novelas Educativas

10:00 AM: Opening Ceremony - "Honoring the Ancestors"

"Sacred Circles" is an indigenous based performance group that incorporates Aztec/Mayan and other traditional teachings, danza, storytelling and imagery to inspire, enlighten, heal and honor the spirit of the ancestors and people of all roots.

“Dembrebrah” West African Drum and Dance Ensemble is a collection of professional and semi- professional lay artist educators dedicated to the study, preservation and promotion of authentic West African art, culture, and history in all its power, beauty, strength and grace.

Introduction / Facilitator:

  • Maestro Jerry Tello
    Director of the National Compadres Network, Therapist, Author, Performer and Program Developer,
    and Recipient of the Ambassador of Peace Award and Presidential Crime Victims Service Award


“Sacred Circles”: Maestro Jerry Tello, Susanna Armijo, Citlali Arvizu, Virginia Arvizu-Sanchez, and Victor Muñoz

“Dembrebrah”: Baba John Beatty, N'della Davis-Diassy, Kwesi Williams, Libretch Baker, and Hanif Riley

Jerry Tello "Sacred Circles""Dembrebrah"

*Presentation made possible through a working partnership with the National Compadres Network (NCN), whose mission is to strengthen, rebalance, and redevelop the traditional Compadre extended kinship network by encouraging, supporting and re-rooting the positive involvement of males in their families and community and preventing or reducing the incidence of family and community violence, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, and other oppressive behaviors.

National Compadres Network

10:20 AM: Panel - "Pedagogies of Violence and Indigenous Rootedness: Black-Brown Connections"

Podcast: Blogtalk Radio - Jerry Tello, Panel Chair

Gathering of the Wisdom KeepersVideo; Gathering of Wisdom Keepers, Oakland California 2015

The mass media continues to discuss the occurrences of violence, killings, and brutality we have witnessed on TV in this country as aberrations, bypassing the larger systems that drive them. This line of thinking actually contributes to the national crisis we are living - a crisis that goes beyond "human rights abuses."

Moreover, historically, it is recognized that all indigenous people from a sense of purpose, values, and traditions are connected to their rooted story and medicine. At the same time, the sense of interconnectedness based on teachings, journey, struggle and survival has interwoven the journey of Black and Brown people along a parallel and blended path.

The panel will first examine the violence and the common threads of dehumanization and impunity. Next, panelists share important elements of ideology, pedagogy and ceremony that are important to consider and build on as we acknowledge and build on this interdependent strength and leadership as a connected people moving forward.

Introduction / Moderator:

  • Cherina Betters
    Educator, Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District
    Doctoral Candidate, Educational Leadership Program, CSUSB


  • Roberto "Dr. Cintli" Rodriguez
    Assistant Professor, Department of Mexican American & Raza Studies
    University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Maestro Jerry Tello
    Director of the National Compadres Network, Therapist, Author, Performer and Program Developer,
    and Recipient of the Ambassador of Peace Award and Presidential Crime Victims Service Award
  • Baba John Beatty
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker, retired PSA Counselor
    and Director of the Traditional African Drum Praise Ministry

Cherina BettersRoberto Rodriguez Jerry Tello Baba John Beatty

11:00 AM: Break / “Un Cafecito” & Live Performance

*courtesy of The PUENTE Project

Spoken Word: In Lak' ech - You are My Other Me.
Message focus: Empowerment and strength in unity.

  • Alejandra Reyes, Student, De Anza Community College
  • Dr. Irene Monica Sanchez, Education Leadership and Policy Studies-Higher Education, University of Washington, Seattle

11:15 AM: Panel - "Project Inspire - Proyecto Inspire Transformando Vidas" (bilingual format)

Podcast: Blogtalk Radio - Patricia Luna, Panel Chair

The California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) 2-INSPIRE Program works with parents to increase their knowledge about schooling to ensure that parents have vital information about high quality educational options for their children (especially those traditionally underserved and/or attending Program Improvement schools). The Project 2-INSPIRE curriculum informs parents of their role in their children’s education, works with parents so they learn how to work with the information acquired and develops parent leadership skills to ensure their participation and collaboration as part of the school community.

All three levels of the program share the same objective and goal: To increase parental engagement in their child’s learning at home, school, and/or community; and thereby increase their child's academic achievement. However, each of the levels differs markedly in their approach, strategies, methods, activities, and outcomes for parents and their children.

The panelists are parent leaders who currently serve as officers of the Binantional Parent Leadership Institute (BPLI), and as “trainer of trainers” have each passed all three levels, from awareness to mastery to expert.

Proyecto INSPIRE es un proyecto que pertenece a CABE que trabaja con los padres para aumentar sus conocimientos acerca de la escolarización para asegurar que los padres tengan la información vital acerca de las opciones educativas de alta calidad para sus hijos. El plan de estudios del Proyecto INSPIRE informa a los padres de su papel en la educación de sus hijos, trabaja con los padres para que aprendan cómo trabajar con la información adquirida y desarrolla las habilidades de liderazgo de los padres para asegurar su participación y colaboración en el marco de la comunidad escolar.

Los tres niveles comparten el mismo objetivo y meta: aumentar la participación de los padres en el aprendizaje de sus hijos en el hogar, la escuela y/o comunidad; y por lo tanto aumentar el rendimiento académico de sus hijos. Sin embargo, cada uno de los niveles se diferencia notablemente en su enfoque, estrategias, métodos, actividades y resultados para los padres y sus hijos.

Los panelistas son líderes de padres que actualmente sirven como oficiales de la Binantional Parent Leadership Institute (BPLI), y como " formador de formadores " han pasado cada uno de los tres niveles, desde la conciencia a la maestría a nivel experto.

Introduction / Moderator:

  • Arturo J. Hernandez
    M.A.S., Doctoral Candidate, Educational Leadership Program, CSUSB


  • Patricia Luna
    BPLI President, ELAC Past-president Chaffey HS, DELAC Vice-president Chaffey JSD, Presentadora de Los 12 Poderes del Negocio Familiar, Secretaria de Mesa Directiva de Instructoras De Escuela Dominical Infantil, and Instructora de Escuela Dominical Infantil
  • Elidia Valencia
    BPLI Vicepresident, Parent Consultant CABE, Presentadora de los 12 Poderes del Negocio Familiar, LCAP / LEA Committee Member, LCAP Advisor Committee Member, Code of Conduct Committee, DELAC Representative, and CCIME Member Mexican Consulate
  • Isabel Torres
    BPLI Secretary, ELAC President, PELI Parent Engagement Leadership Initiative, and Coordinadora del grupo de Apoyo Padres Con Poder
  • Maribel Colin
    BPLI Parliamentarian, ELAC President, Padres Líderes De Ontario HS Member, Presentadora de Los 12 Poderes del Negocio Familiar, and Presentadora de PIQE

Arturo J. HernandezPatricia LunaElidia ValenciaIsabel TorresMaribel Colin

*Presentation made possible through a working partnership with multiple organizations and entities collaborating under the collective banner of the Binational Parent Leadership Institute (BPLI). The purpose of the BPLI is to explore and establish an organized Parent Involvement mechanism in the Inland Empire that will provide parents with institutional leadership trainings to become effective change agents in service delivery for their families; develop a process(s) for parents to create a cadre of leadership for parent voice, direct input, advocacy and impact in schools & communities and at local, regional, state and national level; and develop focus on effective strategies to meaningfully engage parents in planning, implementation and evaluation of service to ensure successful outcomes for student and families.

Binational Parent Leadership Institute BPLI

12:00 PM: Lunch/Live Entertainment

  • Aztec Dancers - Grupo Xipetotec

Grupo Xipetotec

* All performances throughout the summit made possible through the generous support of our "Arts, Culture, Music & Entertainment" sponsor/benefactor, Dr. Judy Rodriguez Watson. Judy’s impact on the education and arts communities has been extraordinary. She has served in a number of capacities at the university, including as the honorary chairperson for the CSUSB Latino Education and Advocacy Days Summit in 2011, where she was affectionately referred to as “La Madrina de Honor,” or godmother.

Judy Rodriguez Watson

1:20 PM: Featured Address

Introduction / Moderator:

  • Dr. Juan Sanchez Muñoz
    Senior Vice President & Vice Provost, Texas Tech University

Featured Speaker:

  • Hon. Antonio Villaraigosa
    41st Mayor of Los Angeles, California, and National Chairman of the Advisory Board for Education Post

Hon. Antonio Villaraigosa served as the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles, California from 2005 to 2013, and finished his two terms after eight years of major strides in transportation, crime reduction, infrastructure, energy and resource sustainability, right-sizing government, business development and education reform.

During his tenure as Mayor, he gained national attention for his work and was featured in Time's story on the country's 25 most influential Latinos. He was the third Mexican American to have served as Mayor of Los Angeles, and the first in over 130 years. He was term limited and could not run for re-election in 2013.

He is a respected voice in American politics and a prominent policymaker with a keen understanding of America’s mainstream and emerging communities. Known for his exceptional skill at building broad bi-partisan coalitions, he draws support from the broad center of both Democratic and Republican voters.

Prior to being elected Mayor he was a member of the California State Assembly from 1994 to 2000, the Democratic leader of the Assembly from 1996 to 1998, and the Speaker of the California State Assembly from 1998 to 2000. After leaving the State Assembly due to term limits he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council from 2003 until he was elected Mayor in 2005.

He continues to be actively engaged in education, civic engagement, water, immigration, transportation, and economic development issues. He speaks nationally and throughout California on these issues.

Mr. Villaraigosa also has served in academia, as a fellow at Harvard University and a professor in public policy at the University of Southern California. He also is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he works in the private sector as a Senior Advisor with Banc of California, amongst others, and serves on the McGraw Hill Global Education board of directors. He is the National Chairman of the Advisory Board for Education Post.

Dr. Juan Sanchez MunozAntonio Villaraigosa

*Presentation made possible through a working partnership with Del Sol Group and Education Post. Del Sol Group is a Policy & Public Affairs firm specializing in Strategy, Outreach and Leadership. Del Sol Group is uniquely positioned to assist organizations to develop initiatives, strategies and organize communities in key public policy issues, as well as helping businesses flourish through strategic partnerships. Education Post is a non-partisan communications organization dedicated to building support for student-focused improvements in public education from preschool to high school graduation.

DELSOL Group Strategy Outreach Leadership ""education post better conversation, better enducation

2:00 PM: Panel - "Catholic School Advantage: Latino and African American Student Achievement"

Podcast: Blogtalk Radio - Delila A. Vasquez, Panel Chair

Catholic Schools in an Increasingly Hispanic Church

Catholic schooling began in the 1800's “in a spirit of protest,” when Church leaders objected to the discrimination of Catholic children, and did not want their children indoctrinated in Protestant and secular settings. Disregarded and denigrated by state legislatures, the Church leadership turned to its congregations, demanding that every parish build and support a school and that all Catholic families enroll their children in their parochial school. The result was the largest private school system and alternative to public schooling in the U.S.

In many communities, parochial schools are entirely supported by a largely working-class minority population. Parents scrimp and save to send their children to parochial school because it matters to them and they want it to make a difference in the formation of their children. For many working-class families, the Catholic schools are the only alternative to public schools that they can afford. And in many areas of the city, the parish school down the street has become the neighborhood school. Additionally, the enrollment of non-Catholic students in Catholic schools has been rising nationwide for the last several decades.

Collaboration exemplifies the wide support for accessibility to Catholic Education in many of our communities, where the U.S. Catholic School system has historically produced successful students from immigrant, poor and medium-income family backgrounds. The mission of Catholic Schools is to provide the skills to successfully complete high school and prepare students for college. While Catholic Schools are not equipped to provide education for students with special needs, the curriculum does include scaffolding, differentiation and adaptation to meet the student where they are with the interest of moving him/her forward with learning and comprehension skills.

Successful professionals across disciplines can be found anywhere and in great numbers you might find that their education has a Catholic School base. Studies have demonstrated that anywhere in the U.S., for example, a Latino student who attends Parochial School has 45% increased chances of graduating, in comparison to his/her counterpart in the public school system. These schools also have great success promoting students from Catholic elementary schools onto Public high school, where students are able to succeed because Catholic schools are known to teach good study habits and develop student values that make them a good role model and positive influence in any environment.

In full circle and in the similar spirit of protest that began Catholic schooling, leaders are now called to ignite Church concerns related to the material and cultural discrimination of Latino and African American communities today. This to suggest that the Church must take a proactive leadership role in creating the conditions by which undeserved communities can reflect and act upon the importance of education.

How are Catholic Schools successful? What are the influencing factors to their success and why is Catholic School a viable option for parents? Why does this financial investment make sense? How can Public and Catholic Schools continue collaborating for the success of our cities, towns?

Introduction / Moderator

  • Sharon Pierce
    School Administrator, Lighthouse Christian Academy
    Doctoral Candidate, Educational Leadership Program, CSUSB


  • Delila A. Vasquez
    President, San Bernardino Catholic Elementary Schools
  • Carla Ford-Brunner
    Senior Account Executive, Inland News Papers and Board Chair, San Bernardino Catholic Elementary Schools
  • Maria Echeverria
    Vice Chancellor, San Bernardino Diocese, Former Catholic Schools Parent
  • Madeline G. Thomas
    Principal, Resurrection Academy, Fontana
  • Robert Villaseñor
    Member, Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL), Vice President, Deposit Relationship Manager, ProAmerica Bank

Sharon PierceDelila Vasquez Carla Ford-Brunner Maria EcheverriaMadeline G. ThomasRobert Villaseñor

*Presentation made possible through a working partnership with the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino. The Diocese of San Bernardino was established on November 6, 1978 by Pope Paul VI. Prior to 1978, San Bernardino and Riverside counties were part of the Diocese of San Diego. San Bernardino native Phillip Straling was the founding bishop of the diocese. In December of 1995 Bishop Gerald R. Barnes became the second bishop of the diocese.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino

2:40 PM: Panel - "Access Denied: Rising Selectivity at California's Public Universities"

Podcast: Blogtalk Radio - Daniel Estrada, Panel Chair

Representatives from three different groups that have advocated for greater access to California higher education will discuss perspectives on this problem. The panelists include Audrey Dow, Vice President of External Affairs and Operations for the Campaign for College Opportunity, Dr. Daniel M. Estrada, Chair of the California LULAC Latino Educational Attainment Committee, and Irene Tovar, Chair of the Statewide Coalition Against CSU Impaction.

Audrey Dow explains the recent Campaign report, “Access Denied: Rising Selectivity in California’s Public Universities.” This report highlights the mismatch between California workforce needs for college degrees and shortages of college seats in California’s public universities. Demand for college admission, among state high school and community college students, forced both the University of California (UC) and California State Universities (CSU) to raise admissions standards. The CSU calls this impaction. Coincidently, California reduced financial support for higher education from previous levels as federal spending, through student Pell Grants, increased. As state higher education spending decreased, UC tuition, since 2000, has increased by 200 percent and CSU tuition by 175 percent. Meanwhile California is 49th among states in the percentage of undergraduate students enrolled in a four year university – public or private not for profit.

Dr. Estrada discusses how the 1960 California Master Plan for Higher Education was visionary but not sustainable. Baby boomers benefited from tuition free public universities; but later generations now pay rising tuition to attend these schools. Universal access through a three tiered system of community colleges, CSU and UC campuses no longer exists. Meanwhile, baby boomers are retiring.

After review of CSUs campus endowments, these funds are small for the number of students attending yearly. Also, aside from UC flagship campuses, Berkeley and UCLA, similar problems exist for other UC campuses. California’s economy confronted multiple recessions over several decades. Policy makers know that capital gains taxes are volatile. This problem causes state surpluses in one or several year(s) and deficits in others. Other states address this problem by having universities do development to build endowments and by creating state higher education trust funds.

Increasing higher education investments is critical. Every state dollar invested in the CSU generates $5.43 more. When CSU graduates’ enhanced earnings are considered this investment rises to $23 for every state dollar invested. Today 46% of all Bachelors and 32% of all Masters degrees in the state are granted by CSUs. In 2006-07 CSUs awarded 71,000 BA and 18,000 MA degrees. CSUs employ tens of thousands workers. As wage earners and consumers these workers produce tax revenues for local, state and federal government.

Ms. Tovar discusses the Statewide Coalition Against CSU Impaction’s work. This Coalition consists of labor unions, college alumni associations, and community based organizations across the state. The coalition’s first task has been public education on CSU impaction and how to address CSU admissions practices. This group is mobilizing organizations to challenge current CSU admissions practices and the CSU budget. The coalition is meeting with legislators and the governor this year on the higher education budget.

Questions for the panel discussion:

  • Why have the CSU and UC increased admissions standards? Do the new admissions practices go against California’s Master Plan for Higher Education?
  • Is rejecting eligible students for admission into the CSU and UC healthy for the state economy? How is the Latino student population and Latino community effected by changes in public university admissions standards?
  • How many eligible students were denied admission into the CSU and UC?
  • California is 49th in the country in terms of the number of college aged adults enrolled in a four year university. Can California come up with another master plan for higher education that is sustainable and bring California back into the top five of the country’s states in higher education?
  • How can parents assist their sons or daughters for admission into the CSU or UC?

Introduction / Moderator:

  • Jorge B. Haynes
    Senior Director (Retired), External Relations The California State University
    Feria Educativa 2015 - "Padrino de Honor"


  • Audrey Dow
    Vice President of External Affairs and Operations, Campaign for College Opportunity
  • Dr. Daniel M. Estrada
    Chair, California LULAC Latino Educational Attainment Committee
  • Irene Tovar
    Chair, Statewide Coalition Against CSU Impaction

Jorge HaynesAudrey DowDr. Daniel EstradaIrene Tovar

*Presentation made possible through a working partnership with the California LULAC Committee on Educational Attainment. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), founded in 1929, is the oldest and most widely respected Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States of America. LULAC was created at a time in our country’s history when Hispanics were denied basic civil and human rights, despite contributions to American society.

California LULAC - League of United Latin American Citizens

3:20 PM: Break / “Otro Cafecito” & Live Performance

*courtesy of PROJECT ACTION Inc., Buffong Consulting Solutions, and the Youth Action Project

Message focus: The importance of looking for students to actively look for mentors, helping each other through challenges and the responsibility for adults to always be mentoring.

  • Sheba Jennings, Junior, Summit High School-Fontana
  • Raihanah Medlock, Junior, Grand Terrace High School
  • DeVon Clay, Freshman Political Science Major, CSUSB


3:35 PM: Panel - " Campaign to Promote Ethnic Studies: the El Rancho and Long Beach Models"

Podcast: Blogtalk Radio - Prof. Armando Vázquez-Ramos, Panel Chair

This presentation has been made possible by the California-Mexico Studies Center, El Rancho Unified School District and LEAD, as co-conveners of the Campaign to Promote Ethnic Studies Summit on October 18, 2014 at CSU Long Beach. The CPES Summit was webcast by LEAD throughout its worldwide network and prompted the Los Angeles and San Francisco school districts to adopt policies similar to the historic El Rancho USD’s resolution approved in June 2014, as the first Ethnic Studies graduation requirement by a local school board in California. Since the CPES Summit, 15-20 more local school boards have adopted comparable Ethnic Studies policies throughout California, including the Santa Ana, Montebello, Bassett and Woodland school districts.

This panel will present on the progress that has been made at El Rancho USD, to build upon their landmark resolution a comprehensive Ethnic Studies curriculum, and the also precedent-setting Long Beach Ethnic Studies Program (LB-ESP) that has created a model for school districts to offer ethnic studies H.S. and college-credit courses on Saturdays. The LB-ESP builds upon the nationally recognized Long Beach College Promise relationship between the LBUSD and CSULB, supported with a 5-year funding commitment by LBUSD, to offer high school students at least 12 college-credit Ethnic Studies courses every semester.

The panelists will discuss in detail how these initiatives came about, their benefit and replicability, and answer questions related to the Campaign to Promote Ethnic Studies’ goal to promote Ethnic Studies for all students in the K-12 curriculum, throughout California and the United States.

Introduction / Moderator:

  • Idali Lopez
    San Bernardino High School Program Specialist and SBCUSD Ethnic Studies Committee Facilitator


  • Dr. Aurora Villon
    School Board President, El Rancho Unified School District
  • Prof. Armando Vázquez-Ramos
    California-Mexico Studies Center President
  • Tino Gutierrez
    El Rancho USD Ethnic Studies Curriculum Master Teacher

Idali LopezAurora VillonArmando Vasquez Ramos Tino Gutierrez

*Presentation made possible through a working partnership with the California-Mexico Studies Center (CMSC). The CMSC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to research, develop, promote, and establish policies and programs between higher educational institutions and cultural organizations that will enhance the teaching, mobility and exchange of faculty, students, and professionals between California and the U.S. with Mexico and other nations in the Western Hemisphere.

Campaign to Promote Ethnic Studies California-Mexico Project

4:20 PM: Capstone Address - "Multicultural Unity, Education and Struggle: Some Essential Principles and Practices"

Introduction / Moderator:

  • Dr. Angela Clark-Louque
    Professor and Chair, Department of Educational Leadership & Technology, CSUSB

Featured Speaker:

  • Dr. Maulana Karenga
    Professor and Chair, Department of Africana Studies at CSULB, and creator of the pan-African cultural holiday Kwanzaa

Dr. Maulana Karenga is professor and chair of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach. He holds two PhDs, one in political science and the other in social ethics with a focus in classical African ethics of ancient Egypt. An activist-scholar of national and international recognition, Dr. Karenga has played a major role in Black intellectual and political culture since the 60’s, especially in Black Studies, and the Black Power, Black Arts, Million Man March/Day of Absence and other social movements. He is also the executive director of the African American Cultural Center (Us), the Kawaida Institute of Pan-African Studies and chair of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations.

Moreover, he is the creator of the pan-African cultural holiday Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba and the author of Kawaida philosophy out of which both were conceived and developed. He is also author of numerous scholarly articles and books, including: Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture; Introduction to Black Studies; Odu Ifa: The Ethical Teachings; Maat, The Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt: A Study in Classical African Ethics, and Kawaida and Questions of Life and Struggle. He is also subject of a new book by Molefi Asante titled, Maulana Karenga: An Intellectual Portrait. Currently he is writing a book on the social and ethical philosophy of Malcolm X titled The Liberation Ethics of Malcolm X: Critical Consciousness, Moral Grounding and Transformative Struggle.

Angela Clark-LouqueDr. Maulana Karenga

5:00 PM: Concluding Remarks & Acknowledgements

5:10 PM: Networking Reception