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WTAMU to Host Social Justice Leadership Conference

April 7, 2014

CONTACT:    Dr. Vanessa Fiaud, 806-651-2677, vfiaud@wtamu.edu

WTAMU to Host Social Justice Leadership Conference

CANYON, Texas—Dr. Lisa Ramírez, author of Dulcified and national director of the Office of Migrant Education in Washington, D.C., will be the keynote speaker at the fifth annual Social Justice Leadership Conference Friday, April 11 at West Texas A&M University.

Ramírez will present “Seeds to Success: Grounded in Equity” at 7 p.m. in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Recital Hall as part of the University’s Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The theme of the conference is “From Seeds to Success: The Minority Experience in Higher Education.” Students will participate in interactive presentations from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center. The student conference, sponsored by the WTAMU Diversity committee, is free and open to the first 100 WTAMU students who register at wtamu.edu/justice. Registered students will also be provided with a free lunch during the 11:30 a.m. panel.

In her writing and work, Ramírez promotes educational leadership and the building of strong individuals and families. Her experiences include working with high-risk populations that include minority, economically disadvantaged, special education and migrant students. Ramírez received her doctorate in educational leadership from Texas Tech University.

The Social Justice Leadership Conference highlights some of the many issues faced locally and internationally toward a socially just world. Social justice in its broadest sense is inclusive of human rights, philosophical orientations, access to resources and equal opportunity for all. This conference encourages and promotes diversity throughout the WTAMU campus and community.



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