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CFA Equity Conference inspires activists, builds solidarity

The CFA Equity Conference wasn’t even yet concluded before eager questions started rolling in— “When is the next event?” “How do I get more involved?” “How can we stay connected?”

The flood of positive feedback was testament to the success and service of the Equity Conference, which was held March 16-17 in Los Angeles.

“The Equity Conference is a place to be your authentic self and a place to recharge your batteries,” said Cecil Canton, Associate Vice President of Affirmative Action. “It is the event where lasting relationships are built and activists are inspired. I hope members left with a sense of commitment and purpose, and were able to find joy in being, learning, and working together.”

CFA’s Anti-Racism and Social Justice Transformation work was at the core of the conference, and the Guiding Principles were woven into all aspects of the weekend.The conference, hosted by the Council for Affirmative Action, included CFA caucus and committee meetings, workshops on the changing faces of CSU faculty and students and how to ‘talk union’ in the wake of the Janus v. AFSCME case, and a viewing of the film “More Than a Word,” followed by a panel discussion of members of CFA’s Indigenous Peoples Caucus.

The event also included presentations by CFA President Jennifer Eagan, CSU East Bay Professor Emeritus Benjamin Bowser, Kent Wong of the UCLA Labor Center, and Columbia University Professor Derald Wing Sue. Improv group Obama’s Other Daughters also shared their talent with the crowd of CFA activists.

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