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Lehman College 4th Annual Human Rights and Transformative Justice Virtual Conference

“Moving Toward Racial Justice, Education & Freedom.”

May 7-8, 2021

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Join Our Discussions Addressing P-12 Schools, Higher Education & Community Organizations

We are called toward radical love and hope. We are called to stand in solidarity with communities of color. As Dr. King famously demanded to America ``be who you say you are on paper.`` This nation has truly defaulted on its promise to Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian-Pacific and Arab diasporic communities. We cannot stand idly by and allow harm to continue. We must build a new society, a beloved community, where we can all live free and thrive. This audacious task requires everyone's participation.

We are gathered here today to examine how educators, students and community builders can disrupt racism and create the beloved community. We cannot pretend that racism is absent from our schools, universities and community institutions. It actually thrives in those spaces. So, how do we take care of us? This conference will explore:

• how we can engage in a deep interrogation of our own relationship to white supremacy and align ourselves with racial justice;
• how we can honor and learn from our ancestors, who already laid pathways to create and sustain the beloved community;
• how we can take strategic, meaningful action that centers Black, Indigenous and People of Color, while resisting the trap of performative activism;
• how we can develop communities of care and accountability.

For additional information, contact Dr David Fletcher –


Friday, May 7, 2021 • 10 AM - 6 PM

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Welcome & Keynote

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Panel 1: Raising Critical Race Consciousness in Higher Education

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Panel 2: Taking it to the Streets: Community Advocates for Racial Justice & Abolitionist Frameworks

4:45 PM - 6:00 PM
Healing Space

Saturday, May 8, 2021 • 11 AM - 6 PM

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Welcome & Student Keynote

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Panel 3: Teacher and Teacher Education

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Panel 4: Youth Speak for Freedom and Justice

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Healing Space


Love, B.L. (2019). We want to do more than survive: Abolitionist teaching and the pursuit of educational freedom. Boston, MA: Beacon Press Books


Prof. Elizabeth Klein, Hunter College

Daralee Vázquez García, CONNECT

Aisha Norris, DREAM!

Ayanna Sanders, DREAM!

Prof. Sherry Deckman, Lehman College, Dept. of Middle/HS Education

Chauncy Young, New Settlement Parent Action Committee

Priscilla Prutzman, Creative Response to Conflict

Prof. Michael Buckley, Lehman / Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies

Chiquita S. Williams, Educational Consultant & Peer Healing Practitioner, Consulting

Prof. David Fletcher, Lehman Advanced Certificate Program in Human Rights and Transformative Justice