The Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA) has extended its deadline for its 12th Biennial Conference until February 5, 2016. The conference—organized around the theme “Education, Gender, Equity and Social Justice: Puerto Rican Alliances to Advance Change”—will take place October 27-30, 2016, at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Description: Education researchers and educators are forging new theories and methods grounded in practice to advance the wellbeing of Puerto Rican and broader Latina/o communities. How we conduct research, teach, and provide access to learning across varied social and institutional settings is informed by changing concepts of diversity, inclusion, and the political economy. As educators, we struggle with widening achievements gaps along racial, ethnic, gendered and socio-economic lines. We contend that educational equity and access is a civil right that promotes social justice. In the current sociopolitical landscape, how do we critically evaluate local, and national data sets and modes of qualitative inquiry to better examine and interpret the needs of Puerto Rican children and young adults and other historically marginalized groups?
Puerto Rican and Latina/o Studies programs and departments regionally and nationally have fostered the development of a cadre of primary and secondary school teachers, college faculty, and administrators to continually spark creativity and interest in communication, ethnic and gender studies, humanities, and the social sciences. These educational settings in some cases delimit, and in others engage the expertise we bring to bear as educators. The challenges we face inform curriculum and instruction, educational pathways, graduate school advancement, tenure and promotion, and administrative leadership.
This conference seeks to explore the past and imagine a future where education moves beyond the reproduction of inequality and serves as a means to empower Puerto Ricans and other historically marginalized groups to further promote transformative and emancipatory forms of knowledge in practice in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
We invite artists, scholars, students, educators, researchers, policy-makers, and representatives of local and national non-governmental organizations and foundations to share their expertise and offer forward-thinking solutions in practice to advance educational practices and possibilities.
The 12th Biennial Conference will be hosted by the University of Maryland Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity at the University of Maryland, College Park. Additional collaborators and co-sponsors will be added to the site and future correspondence. [. . .]
Registrants may only submit an abstract or panel for consideration if they have paid their membership dues for 2015.