Anti Oppression & Collective Liberation in the Immigrant Rights Movement.
Doing the work, doing it right.
The month of August we’ll spend reading The Culturally Inclusive Educator by Dena Samuels. We will have some for purchase at our July Spotlight On! On Tuesday, Aug 22nd we’ll have Dr. Samuels join us for our August Spotlight On for a Q and A about the concepts laid out in her book and have a lively discussion. We’ll take a look at the direction we are moving in and see if adjustments are necessary and how we can make them. All are welcome, but we will focus on the Immigrant Rights Movement in Colorado.
At our first of the two part Spotlight On!’s, Tania Valenzuela, of the break through documentary Tania Monarca, facilitated the group through several tools designed to help us look at our own privileged and marginalized identities and see where our leadership and our allyship can shape our collective liberation.
Dena R. Samuels, PhD is an Associate Professor in Women’s and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (UCCS), and received the university’s Outstanding Instructor Award. As Director of UCCS’ Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion and through her consulting firm: Dena Samuels Consulting (www.DenaSamuels.com), she provides seminars and consultation to schools, campuses, and organizations nationally and internationally on the processes of integrating diversity and building inclusiveness. Having already sold out its first run, and now in its second printing, Samuels’ latest book, The Culturally Inclusive Educator: Preparing for a Multicultural World (Teachers College Press, 2014) offers transformative strategies for building cultural inclusiveness. Samuels volunteers as co-facilitator of the monthly Second Tuesday Race Forum of Denver, and also serves as a culturally inclusive, trauma-sensitive yoga instructor.
Tania Soto Valenzuela, originally from Mexico, moved to the US with her family when she was 9 years old. She graduated from Regis University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, where she educated on immigration issues. Besides working full time, Tania is conducting research with the Right to Learn Project making the argument of education as a fundamental right of personhood. She serves on the Executive Committee, and clerks the Third World Coalition of the American Friends Service Committee.