Affirming Change: Taking Action for Social Justice
Council for Affirmative Action • Spring 2016 Equity Conference


Friday, March 18, 10:30a – Saturday, March 19, 6:00p

Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles

Conference Narrative:

The ongoing violent acts targeted at communities of color, and in particular Black males, by law enforcement again have brought to light the need for diverse communities across the country to come together for systemic change and organized social justice action.

The Black Lives Matter movement, DACA Dreamers, and other coalitions have been on the move in the halls of power and, most importantly, in the streets to demand justice.

Upcoming California legislative efforts, to repeal decades old egregious laws including Prop 209, the 1996 anti-affirmative action mandate, and Prop 227, the 1998 anti-bilingual education initiative, are indicators of a changing political climate across the state.

The 2016 CFA Equity Conference is a clarion call for us to analyze, mobilize, strategize and take action in support of these and other efforts and struggles for social justice.

In addition, we must continue to take action for equity, access, and fairness in the California State University system for students, faculty, and staff.   

Conference Participation

The Council for Affirmative Action commits to sponsoring up to five (5) persons from each chapter to attend. Chapter presidents will be sponsored by their own local chapters. Moreover, the Council’s Executive Board strongly encourages chapter presidents to invite current or prospective activist colleagues to participate in the conference. In addition, chapters are strongly encouraged to support at their expense additional faculty (beyond the 5 supported by CAA) with whom it wishes to build stronger activists relationships.

Conference Planning Committee
  • Cecil Canton, Chair CAA (Sacramento State)
  • José Cíntrón, Co-Chair (Sacramento State) 
  • Charles Toombs, Co-Chair (San Diego State)
  • Dorothy Chen-Maynard (San Bernardino State)
  • Erma Jean Sims (Sonoma State)
  • Sharon Elise (San Marcos)
  • Rosalinda Quintanar (San Jose State)
  • Maureen Loughran, CFA Staff
  • Audrena Redmond, CFA Staff
  • Michelle Cerecerez, CFA Staff
Direct conference questions or interest in joining the Planning Committee to Maureen Loughran.  



Friday, March 18, 2016

10:30a – 11:45a                

  • All Caucus Meetings

Noon – 1:30p: 

Welcome & Lunch   

Session 1: 1:45p-4:00p

1:45p – 2:30p: Caucus Workshop TBD
2:45p – 4:00p: Caucus Workshop TBD

4:15p – 5:45p                    

Council for Affirmative Action

6:00p – 7:00p: Cocktails/Hors d’ oeuvres/Music
7:00p – 8:00p: Dinner & Comedy
8:00p – 10:30p: Line Dance Instruction

Saturday, March 19, 2016

7:00a — 8:00a: Yoga (Liz Barba-Pinkava & Chris Cruz-Boone)
8:00a – 9:00a: Breakfast

Speaker: Jen Eagan, President CFA

Session 2: 9:15a – 10:30a

  • Afro-futurism speaker from SDSU, Ajani Brown
  • Caucus Workshop TBD
  • Black Lives Matter speaker panel  

Session 3: 10:45a – 11:45a

  • Caucus Workshop TBD
  • Caucus Workshop TBD
  • Black Lives Matter speaker panel

Noon – 1:45p: Lunch

Keynote: Kevin Johnson, UC Davis law school dean/affirmative action scholar & Recognition/Awards

Session 4: 2:00p – 3:15p

  • Caucus Workshop TBD
  • Revolutionary Dance
  • CFA Research w/ Tess Ahmad

Session 5: 3:30p – 4:45p

  • Caucus Workshop TBD
  • Shirley Weber minority caucus presentation on Prop 209 & 227 repeals on November ballot
  • Presentations

5:00p – 6:00p: Closing Remarks