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Learning/Teaching for Justice Conference


In celebration of Thurgood Marshall College’s 50th Anniversary, the Dimensions of Culture Program is organizing and hosting a CONFERENCE in Spring Quarter 2021 that explores learning and teaching for justice in higher education. We ultimately ask: what do just learning and teaching look like in and beyond the classroom? 

In centering this question of learning for justice especially beyond the classroom, the organizing committee is proud to announce poet and author Saeed Jones as the conference’s keynote speaker. Saeed Jones is the author of the memoir How We Fight for Our Lives, winner of the 2019 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction, and the poetry collection Prelude to Bruise, winner of the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award. The poetry collection was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as awards from Lambda Literary and the Publishing Triangle in 2015. Saeed Jones’s writings help us consider how learning for justice emerges from our complex and intersecting lived experiences.

We intend for this conference to be active, interactive, and inclusive—a space for educators to be students, and for students to educate, recognizing that “teaching” is not done just by academics for students in lecture halls but occurs in residential halls/apartments, academic advising sessions, student organizations, campus centers, and other formal and informal learning communities across the university, and that educators do, and must, learn from their students.


Please direct any questions to Jonathan Kim,


This program is supported in part by a co-sponsorship from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Any views or opinions expressed in this program are solely those of the speaker(s) and/or organizer(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the Office of the Vice Chancellor.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs is proud to co-sponsor this Thurgood Marshall College Program.