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leading for social justice Workshop (JULY 2017)

"Why Social Justice Educator+Scholar+Activists are Needed in Leadership Roles, and How to Lead Anti-Oppressively in schools of education"

20-23 July 2017
Oakland, CA

SUMMARY: What does it mean to lead for social justice, particularly in schools and colleges of education? This 4-day workshop is geared for new leaders and leaders-in-the-making in schools and colleges of education who are starting or seeking institutional positions (dean, associate dean, chair, director), positions in professional associations (president, board member), or informal roles (mentor, organizer), and especially encourages participation by faculty and staff in higher education who are already immersed in social justice work and/or who are members of underrepresented groups. As educator-scholar-activists, we will explore the impact that is possible when viewing leadership as integral to movement building. Participants will learn conceptual frameworks and concrete strategies from accomplished leader Dr. Kevin Kumashiro, who has served as school of education dean, department chair, research center director, grant primary investigator, national association president, community organization board president, and founder of several networks. Lodging options are available, as is an option to commute.

REGISTRATION: Registration includes access to all sessions (please see the tentative schedule below). Registration also includes 1 dinner, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and snacks, as well as a signed copy of one of Dr. Kumashiro’s books. Individuals with limited financial resources are welcome to select the “discounted registration rate,” which entails the same workshop experience but for a lower fee.

LODGING: Various lodging options are available. All lodging includes shared bathrooms and access to lockable closets for belongings, and requires the use of stairs. All beds have high quality bedding, and although towels and essentials are provided, you are encouraged to bring your own toiletries. Check in begins on Friday at 4:30pm, and check out is on Monday at 10:30am (no late check out is possible).

VENUE: To make this workshop affordable and memorable, we are staying in an historic, expansive, unique and charming mansion that has much more of a communal feel and much less of the amenities and luxuries than in a high-end corporate hotel. When not in a session, participants have many spaces to write and to meet, including in four indoor common areas and three outdoor seating areas, with wifi throughout the property. At all times, we will need to be careful not to damage the property or to disturb the neighbors. Please note that the main entrance is atop several steps with no ramps, and most of the bedrooms and bathrooms are one flight of steps up; as a result, this particular workshop is not wheelchair accessible, and the organizers apologize for this. 

LOCATION AND PARKING: The venue is in a diverse urban neighborhood in Oakland, and is a one-mile walk to Lake Merritt, an eight-mile drive from the Oakland airport, a 10-min drive to Berkeley, and a 20-min drive to downtown San Francisco. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the venue. If you drive, ample street parking is available; for those without a car, cabs and shared rides like Uber/Lyft are easily available, and bus stops are a few blocks from the venue.

WHAT TO BRING: The workshop will be as “green” as possible, so no handouts should be expected. Participants should bring a laptop or writing supplies to take notes during the sessions as well as to work on their own between sessions (electrical outlets are plentiful throughout the building), as well as anything to make the experience more enjoyable and comfortable (preferred snacks, headphones, etc). Valuables should be left at home, and the organizers and property owners are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property. 

PAYMENTS: All payments must be submitted at the time of registration, and are non-refundable. Participants may arrive late or leave early, which does not change the registration or lodging fees

LEGAL AGREEMENTS: By registering, you are agreeing to hold Kevin Kumashiro Consulting harmless regarding liability, and also to affirm the indemnity of Kevin Kumashiro Consulting regarding intellectual property.


Day 1
4:30     Arrivals and Check in
5:00     Orientation and Introductions
6:00     Dinner (provided)
7:00     Session on Naming the Moment, Situating Our Work
9:00     End

Day 2
8:00     Optional: Meditation
8:30     Breakfast (provided)
9:00     Session on Five Lenses for Social Justice Educational Leadership
12:00   Lunch (provided)
1:00     Session on Reframing Leadership in Schools of Education
4:00     End (dinner on your own)

Day 3
8:00     Optional: Meditation
8:30     Breakfast (provided)
9:00     Session on Institution Building, Strategic Planning, and Your First 100 Days
12:00   Lunch (provided)
1:00     Session on Challenges to Leading
4:00     End (dinner on your own)

Day 4
8:00     Optional: Meditation
8:30     Breakfast (provided)
9:00     Session on Creating Your Path
10:30   Check out and Departure (by 11am)