"Decolonizing Practice and Promoting Racial Justice in Community Colleges"

26 July 2018 | Joliet, Illinois
Joliet Junior College | 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet IL, 60431

co-sponsored by:
Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois
Joliet Junior College

Community colleges and other two-year institutions of higher education have long served the educational needs of the vast majority of students of color, racial minorities, and colonized people. Realistically, the volume of students from these populations have frequently been the statistic majority in these educational settings. Yet, there remains an equity gap between these students who attend and graduate these institutions and their White counterparts. The gap widens further when looking at overall achievement throughout all types of higher education in the United States. This conference is being held to dialogue and learn about how community colleges and other two-year institutions can serve as agents for racial justice and decolonization. Current quality practices and future recommendations will be explored in relation to issues of politics, access, identity, and policy.

Conference Schedule

8:00-8:45am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:45-9:15am Welcome & Introductions
9:15-10:00am Keynote
10:10-11:10am Breakout Session I
11:10-12:10pm Networking Lunch
12:10-1:10pm Breakout Session II
1:15-2:15pm Breakout Session III
2:20-3:15pm Closing

Breakout Sessions

  • Decolonization and the Centering of Indigeneity in Academics
  • Student Activism: The Quest for Black Liberation in Chicago's City Colleges, 1968 and 2018
  •  Deconstructing White Culture and Practices for Producing Equitable Student Outcomes in STEM at Hispanic-Serving Community Colleges
  • Overcoming Stereotypes and Biases to Empower Racially Minoritized Former Foster Youth
  • Using Intergroup Dialogue to Address Racialized Realities at Community Colleges
  • Decolonizing Postsecondary Spaces: Using Pedagogy to Reimagine Education
  • It’s Going to Take Progressive Social Change: Are Community Colleges Up to the Task?
  • Racial Battle Fatigue: Navigating Racialized Realities in the Two-year College
  • Pedagogies of Risk: Exploring the Role of Educators in Decolonial Contexts
  • DACA and Serving Undocumented Students

Keynote Speaker: J. Luke Wood

headshot of J LukeJ. Luke Wood, Ph.D. is the Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Education in the College of Education at San Diego State University. Wood serves as the Director of the Joint Ph.D. program in Education between San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University and Director of the Ed.D. Program in Community College Leadership. Wood also serves as the Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), a national research and practice center that partners with community colleges to support their capacity in advancing outcomes for underserved students of color. CCEAL houses the National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC) which hosts trainings, information sharing sessions, and provides resources to colleges with initiatives and programs supporting college men of color.