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2022 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Tara Yosso

Leading with a Community Cultural Wealth Approach: Reclaiming Our Past, Reimagining Our Future

Prof. Yosso’s keynote will overview her community cultural wealth model, which has been received nationally and internationally as a paradigm shift for the ways we have traditionally thought about schooling structures, practices, and discourse. She will ask us to consider how we might foster a critical historical perspective of the communities we aim to serve, and draw on the ingenuity and courage of those who have come before us in the struggle for justice.

Dr. Tara J. Yosso is a first generation college student who earned her B.A. at UCLA in an individual major she designed: “Social Psychology of Education with an Emphasis in Chicana/o Studies.” She earned her Ph.D. also at UCLA in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, in Urban Schooling. She has authored and co-authored numerous chapters and articles in publications such as the Harvard Educational ReviewJournal of Popular Film and Television, and History of Education Quarterly. Her research is extensively cited within and beyond education. For example, her article, “Whose Culture has Capital? A Critical Race Theory Discussion of Community Cultural Wealth,” has become the top cited article in Race Ethnicity and Education since its publication in 2005—with over 8,000 citations. The American Educational Studies Association recognized her book, Critical Race Counterstories along the Chicana/Chicano Educational Pipeline (Routledge) with a 2008 Critics’ Choice Book Award, and some of the ten thousand copies that have been sold are being used in colleges and universities nationally and internationally, as far as South Africa, New Zealand, Norway, and as close as University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has been awarded a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Diversity and Excellence in University Teaching and was honored by the Critical Race Studies in Education Association with a 2017 Derrick Bell Legacy Award.

Dr. Yosso is a Professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Riverside this year has been appointed as the Inaugural Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Emancipatory Education at the Connie L. Lurie College of Education at San José State University.


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