WTAMU 5th Annual Social Justice Leadership Conference - 11 April 2014
From Seeds to Success: the Minority Experience in Higher Education
FREE LUNCH for Registrants • 11:30am – 12:45pm
Senate Room, Jack B. Kelly Student Center
Conference Panels and Workshops • 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Jack B. Kelley Student Center
Lisa Ramírez, “Seeds to Success: Grounded in Equity,” Public Address • 7:00pm
Recital Hall, Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex
About the Conference
Social justice now occupies center stage as the world reaches global consciousness through rapid globalization. This conference highlights some of the many issues that we face both locally and internationally towards a socially just world, a world where the worth of each person is recognized and valued irrespective of ethnicity/national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic background, physical abilities, religion and other differences without any prejudice. Social justice in its broadest sense is inclusive of human rights, philosophical orientations, access to resources and equal opportunity for ALL.
Another purpose of this conference is to encourage and promote diversity throughout the University and community. Diversity is defined as a reality created by individuals and groups from a broad spectrum of demographic and philosophical differences. These include ethnicity/national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic background, physical abilities, religion and other differences that create an inclusive environment. WTAMU realizes a diverse community of learners enriches the educational experience and opportunities of all its members. As such, WTAMU is committed to the goal of promoting mutual respect, understanding and appreciation of the uniqueness of all people.
Dr. Lisa R. Ramírez is a renowned author of "Dulcified", an autobiographical account of extreme resiliency. She is currently assigned to the United States Department of Education in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education as the national director of the Office of Migrant Education in Washington, D.C. Dr. Ramírez is also a private speaker, consultant, and educator. Her primary focus in her private business is to promote educational leadership and the building of strong individuals and families through the convergence of different avenues that include family values and beliefs, cultural competency, education, resiliency, spirituality and service to others. She has had the privilege and the pleasure of seeing how education can truly help break the cycle of poverty by serving as a student, classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal in West Texas. Her experiences include working with high-risk populations that include minority, EL, economically disadvantaged, special education and migrant students. Dr. Ramírez received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University and her certifications include English, Spanish, English as a Second Language, Mid-Management and Superintendent. She is also an alumnus of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.