Equity Interrupted in the Academy: Rights, Resistance, and Power
Council for Affirmative Action • Spring 2018 Equity Conference

Friday, March 16, 10am – Saturday, March 17, 5pm
Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Los Angeles

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Conference Narrative:

The resurgence of racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, xenophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-labor, and white supremacist discourses in the aftermath of the 2016 American Presidential election has necessarily produced an existential crisis in labor organizing and called into question the efficacy of traditional leftist principles and practices.  At the same time, grassroots political and social movements including #BlackLivesMatter, American Indian resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, ADAPT protesters, the populist appeal of the Bernie Sanders campaign, the Women’s March and the #MeToo movement in the wake of the 2016 election continue to illuminate a path forward that utilizes intersectional theory and practice.

Intersectionality is a framework created by Black feminist scholar and civil rights advocate Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw in 1989 to describe conflicting and reciprocal identities that confront both individuals and social movements as they seek to navigategender, race, social class, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, mental and physical illness as well as other forms of identity. Crenshaw argued that these aspects of identity are not “unitary, mutually exclusive entities, but rather … reciprocally constructing phenomena.”  Intersectionality can be used to understand the multidimensionality of systemic injustice and how different expressions of power and oppression collaborate to create an all-encompassing system reflecting multiple forms of discrimination. Further, any serious comparative historical view of resistance to power suggests that demands for solidarity across social divisions are as likely to compete as to coalesce.

This conference seeks to further CFA’s demands for solidarity across the lines of social division by engaging the framework of intersectionality as a critical mode of organizing and coalescing the multiple identities that comprise the American labor movement.

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.


Friday, March 16, 2018

10:00a – 11:00a               Caucus meetings

11:15a - 12:15p                Council for Affirmative Action  

12:15p– 1:30p                 Conference Welcome Luncheon

Session 1: 1:45p – 2:30p      

Being Female: The Many Faces of Sexism in The Twenty-first Century

Campus Climate for LGBTQ and Ally Faculty and Students

Session 2:  2:45p – 4:00p                      

Intersectionality and Affirmative Action

The Intersectionality of Inequality: Latinx Students in the CSU

Session 3: 4:15p – 6:15p                     

Film viewing More Than A Word by John and Kenn Little and panel discussion with Craig Stone, Brian Baker, Amanda Blackhorse, Ozzie Monge              

6:15p – 7:00p           Cocktails/Hors d’oeuvres

7:00p – 8:00p           Dinner with guest speaker Kent Wong, Director of the UCLA Labor Center

8:00p – 10:30p        Gus Lease Hospitality Suite for karaoke, fun, and games

Saturday, March 17, 2018

7:00a – 7:45a         Yoga with Adesh Kaur

8:00a – 9:00a         Breakfast with Jen Eagan, President CFA

Session 4: 9:15a – 10:30a        

“Practice What You Preach”: Infusing Social Justice Unionism into Teacher Education Programs

Data & Research Presentation: Changing Faces of CSU Faculty and Students

Session 5: 10:45a – Noon       

Disability Studies, Community, Culture, and Activism

Lifting as We Climb: African American Faculty in the California Faculty Association

Lunch & Keynote: Noon – 1:45p          

Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology & Education Teachers College, Columbia University

Session 6: 2:00p – 3:15p         

Talking Union: Rights, Resistance & Power in the Wake of Janus vs. AFSCME

Data & Research Presentation: Changing Faces of CSU Faculty and Students

Session 7: 3:30 – 4:15p           

Improv with Obama’s Other Daughters

4:15 -5:00pm    CLOSING


Conference Planning Committee

  • Cecil Canton, Chair CAA (Sacramento)
  • Nicholas L. Baham III, Co-Chair (East Bay)
  • Dorothy Chen-Maynard, Co-Chair (San Bernardino)
  • Sharon Elise (San Marcos)
  • Rafael Gomez (Monterey Bay)
  • Meghan O’Donnell (Monterey Bay)
  • Erma Jean Sims (Sonoma)
  • Charles Toombs (San Diego)
  • Maureen Loughran, CFA Staff
  • Audrena Redmond, CFA Staff
  • Michelle Cerecerez, CFA Staff
  • Rose Mendelsohn, CFA Staff
  • Tanesha Travis, CFA Staff
Direct conference questions or interest in joining the Planning Committee to Audrena Redmond.