This year’s conference will feature a strong community presence.
More than 15 local, regional and national nonprofit
organizations have partnered with the college to engage with
educators from Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, Texas, Canada,
Ghana, and Indonesia. These scholars from around the world will
deliver presentations on best practices in working with
impoverished and homeless children to encourage academic
success, share classroom strategies for better psychological
understanding of the trauma of poverty, and much more.
The conference kicks off Feb. 5 with a free reception and
keynote speech that is open to the community.
professor and dean at the School of Education of Loyola
University Chicago, will deliver a keynote address, “We Are They
and They Are We: The Personal Praxis of Probing Poverty.”
Dantley has more than 20 years of experience in higher
education, including academic appointments in the School of
Education, Health and Society at Miami University. The event
will also include a poetry performance by Kinetic Affect, a
Michigan-based duo who combined their diverse pasts and powerful
voices to create an entirely new spoken word poetry experience.
Prior to the opening reception and keynote speech, registered
guests will have an opportunity to attend a pre-conference
poverty simulation workshop coordinated by the Steinbruck Center
for Urban Studies in Washington, D.C. The workshop is designed
enlighten participants regarding the perpetuation of stereotypes
and misinformation about the homeless and people living in
Ingrid J. Guerra-López,
associate professor and director of the Institute for Learning
and Performance Improvement in the College of Education, will
share her personal experiences with poverty — particularly as an
immigrant and daughter of a single mother struggling to learn a
new culture and language — and the impact it has had on her life
and career. Guerra-López was born in Ecuador and moved to Los
Angeles when she was 11. By the time she was 13, she had moved
several times and attended eight schools before finding
stability in Miami. Carolyn Shields, dean of the College
of Education, will take on the issues of poverty from a social
justice perspective in her presentation, “America’s Longest War
Can Be Won.” Kurt Metzger, director emeritus of Data
Driven Detroit, will share demographic data and trends that
impact the Detroit community.
Registration for the full three-day conference is $180.
Registration is $100 for a single day. Discounted rates are
available for community partners, members of nonprofit
organizations, students, and Wayne State faculty and staff. For
more information or to register, visit
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