Messages from the CECW
April 22, 2021 Message from the CECW
The Urgency of Now: Transformative Resistance in Higher Education
4th Annual Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth Institute
June 3 and June 4, 2021
The past year has illuminated inequities that have long existed in higher education, but it has also presented a unique opportunity. We have proven we can dramatically and immediately transform how we work and commit to equity and racial justice at the same time. If we want to transform higher education into an equitable system that centers and amplifies the cultural wealth of our diverse communities, the time is now.
At the center of a just transformation are two of the foundational beliefs of “transformative resistance”: a commitment to both social justice and to challenging inequitable structures and practices. Join us as we explore practical approaches and strategies to identify and reform inequitable, oppressive structures in higher education by centering equity and our cultural wealth. The two-day virtual experience will be framed by our featured speaker, Tara Yosso, who created the theory of community cultural wealth. Yosso’s work has shifted our thinking, so we recognize the unique strengths and assets communities of color bring to our work.
Register here to reserve your virtual spot on June 3 and June 4:
Registration Fee: The registration fee for participants external to Bunker Hill Community College is $100 for both days. The fee may be adjusted or waived if presents a hardship. Please contact Lee Santos Silva at firstname.lastname@example.org to request waivers or adjustments. Group discounts are also available for groups of 5, 10, or 15 or more members from one organization. See the registration form for more information.
The registration fee includes access to all 2021 Institute sessions and performances (which will be recorded) for up to three months after the Institute and a certificate of participation.
Call for Proposals
Educators, Students, Educational support staff, Administrators, Scholars, Artists, and Activists are invited to submit proposals for sessions that address one or more of the 2021 CECW Institute Outcomes below. Institute presenters will receive an honorarium and certificate for their work. Proposals are due May 13, 2021. You can find more information and submit a proposal here:
2021 CECW Institute Outcomes:
Understand Community Cultural Wealth
Recognize and integrate forms of community cultural capital into our work
Define transformative resistance
Identify and Share examples of transformative resistance at work
Recognize and apply strategies that integrate transformative resistance
Strategize ways to reform inequitable oppressive structures in higher education
June 5, 2020 Message from the CECW
Our Core Beliefs
Where do we go from here?
- Listen. We will re-open our drop-in sessions as a space for colleagues to voice their frustrations, rage, sadness, or to just be silent, listen and reflect in community.
- Engage our community. We will create a dialogue series that will feature ‘brave spaces’ for active reflection and processing that we might be too afraid, too polite, or too unprepared to have in other contexts.
- Amplify your voices. We will use the collective power of the Center to highlight your narratives and questions.
- Collaborate. We will develop and strengthen partnerships on campus and in the community to align our work and resources in support of combating systemic and institutional racism.
- Advocate. We will advocate that our core mission and values drive decisions, policies, procedures, structures and practices, and we will hold the institution and each other accountable for dismantling systemic racism.
What Can I Do?
- Listen.You can commit to actively listen to black and brown voices with an open mind and empathy.
- Reflect. You can engage in ongoing reflection on racial injustice and systemic racism as they impact our lives, our work and our workplace.
- Critically examine. You can fully engage in the ongoing work of examining and deconstructing your own biases and stereotypes.
- Grow. You can change your beliefs, attitudes and behaviors, and support and challenge your colleagues, family and friends to do the same.
- Repeat. You can commit to the iterative, ongoing process of discovery, growth and transformation for racial justice by continually reengaging steps 1 through 4.