November 4-5, 2022

Stan State's Social Justice in the Central Valley Conference is back with two days of presentations in Snider Recital Hall. All sessions are free, open to the public, and will be live streamed for remote viewing.

Join us for community-focused Social Justice Advocacy for the Central Valley: confronting social, political & environmental hazards to our personal & community health. Read more about the conference on University News.

Registration required for in-person sessions.
COVID protocol requires us to capture attendee contact information. Pre-register now or at the door. Registration is required for each session.

Complimentary box lunches will be served Saturday.


Event Title Date/Time Link Description

Keynote Program: Social Justice Matters in the Classroom Environment

Friday Nov. 4, Evening Session: 6:00-8:30pm

Friday Session Live Stream

Identity and Inequity: Navigating the Complexities
Dr. Amer Ahmed, Organizational Strategist and Social Justice Educator
Navigating the complexities of similarities and differences to understand how inequity impacts our identity and experiences.

Emotional Justice as Social Justice: Responsive Engagement
Dr. Amelia Herrera-Nakamura, Language Institute, Modesto City Schools/United Black Student Unions of California
Social Emotional Learning considerations educators need to take into account and implement for the newcomer student community.

Inclusivity and the Din of Inequity

Saturday Nov. 5, Morning Session: 9am to noon

Saturday Morning Session Live Stream

Lindsey Bird, Advocate. Ally. Visionary. Reformer.
Immigrant/refugee/asylum-seeker advocacy in the Central Valley, focusing on the challenges and inequities facing immigrant/refugee students in our region’s classroom environments.

Inclusive Pedagogy: Classroom Teaching Strategies
Dr. Amer Ahmed,
 Organizational Strategist and Social Justice Educator
Some practical strategies for crafting a more equitable and student-centered learning environment in diverse classrooms.

A Social Justice Topography of Central Valley K12 Classrooms

Saturday Afternoon Session: 12:30-2:30pm

Saturday Afternoon Session Live Stream

Four recent graduates of Stan State’s EdD program will present a social justice topography of Central Valley K12 classrooms in the Saturday afternoon session, drawing on research conducted for their dissertations, highlighting the educational experiences of key underserved groups in our region. 

Successes and Challenges:
Unpacking the experiences of Native American, Assyrian, Hmong, and Afghan communities and schools.


Dr. Stephanie Beaver-Guzman (Hupa/Yurok)
Lecturer, Stan State Ethnic Studies
Counselor at Columbia Community College

Dr. Kate Hey
English Language Professor at Modesto Junior College

Dr. Kou Her
School Counselor at Merced Union High School District
Adjunct Professor, Fresno Pacific University.

Dr. Jennifer Sarhadi
Academic Advisor at CSU Monterey Bay

The University Art Gallery


Sonic Mediations
Guillermo Galindo
Social Justice Conference Guest Artist 

Now exhibiting in the University Gallery
Monday through Friday, noon-5 p.m.

Artist Reception and  Artist Talk
Thursday, Nov. 10
Reception 6 p.m. | Performance 6:30 p.m

Updated: August 03, 2023