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2024 Plenary Speakers


Angélica María is an internationally touring Chicana poet & musician

originally from Los Angeles. Her work has brought her across the country as a Tedx speaker, and as a finalist for both the National Poetry Slam 2018 and The Women of the World Poetry Slam 2019.


In 2019, she signed with Conscious Campus to bring poetry & writing workshops to university campuses across the country. Her work has been featured in literary
works such as The Breakbeat Poets Anthology: LatiNEXT (2020) on Haymarket
Books and Girls Becoming Women (2021) on Workman Publishing. Her work
focuses on using storytelling to expand the Latina narrative
 in both poetry & music. She has been invited to present at countless universities across the U.S including Harvard University and Yale University, amongst others.

In 2020, Angelica Maria was contracted by Facebook to write a poem for their National Campaign "My People My Power", her poem "Femenina Divina" was featured on their Official Page & racked up more than 5 million views.

 

Her latest endeavor is into music, combining a poetic lyrical style, storytelling and smooth classic & modern instruments to create a powerful listening experience.   






Dr. Nolan Cabrera is an award-winning scholar and nationally-recognized expert in the areas of racism/anti-racism on college campuses, whiteness, and ethnic studies. He is currently a Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona, and was the only academic featured in the MTV documentary White People.

Dr. Cabrera's book, White Guys on Campus: Racism, White Immunity, and the Myth of "Post-Racial" Higher Education, is a critical examination of race in higher education, centering whiteness, in an effort to unveil the frequently unconscious habits of racism among white male undergraduates. It was the winner of the 2019 Outstanding Book Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).

Dr. Cabrera has given hundreds of lectures, keynote addresses, and trainings, throughout the country on challenging racism/whiteness, working through unconscious bias, creating inclusive college campuses, and the expansion of ethnic studies programs. Dr. Cabrera was an expert witness in the Tucson Unified Mexican American Studies case (Arce v. Douglas), which is the highest-profile ethnic studies case in the country’s history.

He moves beyond the “few bad apples” frame of contemporary racism, and explores the structures, policies, ideologies, and experiences that allow racism to flourish. He calls upon institutions of higher education to be sites of social transformation instead of reinforcing systemic racism, while creating a platform to engage and challenge the public discourse of “post-racialism.”

Dr. Cabrera's numerous publications have appeared in some of the most prestigious journals in the fields of education and racial studies. He completed his graduate work at UCLA in Higher Education and Organizational Change and earned his BA from Stanford University in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (Education focus).



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