Keynote Speakers

September 30th 
Evening Speaker (followed by heavily hors d'oeuvre styled reception)
Sandy Grande Ph.D.

SG Pic SMILE (1)Professor of Education, Director of the Center for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity 

Sandy Grande is a Professor of Education and the Director of the Center for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) at Connecticut College. Her research and teaching interfaces Native American and Indigenous Studies, Education and critical theory, toward the development of more nuanced analyses of the colonial present. She was also recently awarded the Ford Foundation, Senior Fellowship (2019-2020). Her book, Red Pedagogy: Native American Social and Political Thought was recently published in a 10th anniversary edition and a Portuguese translation is anticipated to be published in Brazil in 2019. She has also published numerous book chapters and articles including: Accumulation of the Primitive: The Limits of Liberalism and the Politics of Occupy Wall Street, The Journal of Settler Colonial Studies; “American Indian Geographies of Identity and Power,” Harvard Educational Review; and, “Red-ding the Word and the World” In, Paulo Freire’s Intellectual Roots: Toward Historicity in Praxis. She is also a founding member of New York Stands for Standing Rock, a group of scholars and activists that works to forward the aims of Native American and Indigenous sovereignty and resurgence. As one of their projects, they published the Standing Rock Syllabus. In addition to her scholarly work she has provided eldercare for her parents for over ten years and remains the primary caregiver for her 91-yr. old father.

October 1st 
Edmund W. Gordon Distinguished Lecture 2020 (Preceded by Formal Luncheon)

Na'ilah Suad Nasir Ph.D.

President of The Spencer Foundation 

Na’ilah Suad Nasir is the sixth President of the Spencer Foundation which invests in education research that cultivates learning and transforms lives. She held a faculty appointment at the University of California, Berkeley from 2008-2019, where she also served as Vice-Chancellor of Equity and Inclusion. Nasir earned her PhD in Education Psychology at UCLA and was a member of the faculty in the School of Education at Stanford University. Her work focuses on issues of race, culture, learning, and identity. She is the author of Racialized Identities: Race and Achievement for African-American Youth and has published numerous scholarly articles. Nasir is a member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

October 2nd 
Closing keynote Speaker (Preceded by Formal Luncheon)


Daniel G. Solorzano Ph.D.                      
Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education,    Director of the Center for Critical Race Studies in Education

Daniel Solorzano is a Professor of Social Science and  Comparative  Education and Chicana and Chicano Studies at the   University of California, Los Angeles. He is also the Inaugural   Director of the Center for Critical Race Studies in Education at   UCLA. His teaching and research interests include critical race   theory in education; racial microaggressions; racial   microaffirmations; and critical race spatial analysis. Dr. Solorzano   has authored around a 100 research articles and book chapters on   issues related to educational access and equity for   underrepresented student populations and communities in the   United States. For the last 45 years Solorzano has served in all three segments of California public postsecondary education. In 2007, Professor Solorzano received the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award.  In 2012, Solorzano was presented the American Education Research Association (AERA) Social Justice in Education Award. In 2012, Solorzano was also awarded the Critical Race Studies in Education Association Derrick A. Bell Legacy Award. In 2014, Solorzano was elected a Fellow of the American Education Research Association. In 2017, Solorzano received the inaugural Revolutionary Mentor Award from the Critical Educators for Social Justice (CESJ) within the American Educational Research Association (AERA). In 2019, he delivered the American Educational Research Association Distinguished Lecture on Racial Microaggressions at the annual meeting.  In 2020, Solorzano was elected as a Member of the National Academy of Education.