CFA 2021 Equity Conference, March 10-13
Connecting for Co-Liberation

To view the videos from the 2021 sessions click here.

Conference Narrative:

The 2020-2021 Equity Conference mark the first time the Equity Conference, birthed as a project of the California Faculty Association’s Council for Affirmative Action, is offered in consecutive years and as a project of the Council for Racial and Social Justice.  This is more than a name change, as it reflects the concerted efforts undertaken in the last several years to center Anti-Racism and Social Justice in all things CFA, beginning with the recognition that racism and white supremacy is institutionalized in our organization and a commitment to what we began calling our Anti-Racism Social Justice Transformation.

The 2018 Equity Conference, called us to take the lens of intersectionality to our practices and vision following the framework of Black feminist and Critical Race scholar/activist Kimberle Crenshaw as we sought to respond to the “resurgence of racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-labor, and White supremacist discourses in the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential election” and to build upon the resistance expressed by progressive activists across the country. We saw intersectionality as a framework for coalition building in the labor movement.

Now, for Equity 2020-21, we build upon that framework by merging notions of belonging and bridging (cf John Powell, Facing Race) and of redefining difference as a source of power (Audre Lorde) as we connect for co-liberation. We now view our oppressions as linked in a matrix of domination, therefore, so too are our freedoms. This envisioning inspires us to call on members to organize in a new, distinctive way.  Instead of working within individual caucuses (e.g., Asian/Pacific Islander, Women’s, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender, Chicanx/Latinx, Indigenous Peoples, Disability, African American and Teacher Education) to prepare workshops and guest speakers, caucus leaders and conference planners were tasked with approaching key themes intersectionally, while offering their collective wisdom in consideration of how these themes are best articulated with particular identities and experiences so that we may “connect for co-liberation.” 

The chosen themes chosen are:

  • Decolonization, Liberation, Joy and Resistance
  • Intersectional Continuums of Violence & Power
  • (In)/(Hyper)Visibility

We look forward to mapping a way toward co-liberation and are thrilled to announce confirmed series of keynotes from:

  • Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams
    Writer, Activist, ordained Zen priest and Author
  • Jenny Yang
  • Dr. Fania Davis
    Attorney, Artist, Author
  • Tommy Orange
    Author of “There There”
  • Dr. Shaun Harper
    Executive Director of USC Race & Equity Center
  • Dr. Tara Yosso
    Professor, Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside
  • Loretta Ross
    Activist, Public Intellectual, Professor