Virtual conference

Registration open for the free virtual conference “Education as a civil right”

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (March 31, 2022) — Register now to attend the free virtual conference “Education as a Civil Right – Truth, Justice and Equity for All”, will take place online from April 7 to 9.

The conference is organized by the University of Kentucky College of Education Education and Civil Rights Initiativein collaboration with the NAACP. Registration is free through sponsorship from WesBanco, with additional support from partners such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, and Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University.

“This virtual conference is for anyone who has a stake in ensuring that every child, from the time they start school until the end, has equitable access. Necessities such as education, health care and financial literacy is a civil right,” said Gregory Vincent, a law graduate and PhD in education, professor in the Department of Education Policy Studies and Evaluation at the UK College of Education, and executive director of a groundbreaking collaboration between the UK College of Education and the NAACP, the country’s largest and most important civil rights organisation. “We must bridge the fault lines between the haves and the have-nots. We must also set an example for young people who will take over this work for the next generation, showing how they too can make a difference in their own communities.”

Explore the most pressing issues of our time through several tracks unfolding during the three-day virtual conference, including:

  • Law and justice course*
  • PK-20* educator course
  • Community organization component
  • Post-secondary stream
  • Financial Literacy Track

*Continuing Education Credit is available upon request.

“We’ve brought together a variety of voices to provide context and insight into the trends and issues we see unfolding in the news and in communities every day,” said Sarah LaCour-Yarbrough, Deputy Director of the Initiative for education and civil rights. , housed in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the UK College of Education, where LaCour is Assistant Professor. “They will also help to highlight issues within the larger story, giving perspective on what isn’t always part of the story, but should be, in order to make a difference. By bringing this panel of experts to engage with community participants, we will reach not only decision-makers, but also citizens who want to play a role in creating positive change in their communities, one step at a time.”

Guest speakers include:

  • Julian Vasquez Heilig, Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Education and Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation;
  • Professor Carl Smallwood, Director of the Divided Communities Project, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University;
  • Natalie Cofield, Deputy Administrator of the Office of Women’s Business Owners;
  • Luis Ponjuan, IDEAL Professor and Research Director, Texas A&M University;
  • Gregory Vincent, Professor and Executive Director of Education & Civil Rights Initiative, University of Kentucky;
  • Sarah LaCour-Yarbrough, assistant professor and associate director of the Education and Civil Rights Initiative, University of Kentucky;
  • and much more.

The conference will be hosted virtually via WHOVA and Zoom. Register now to confirm your free ticket. The full conference agenda will be published shortly. In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like to sponsor the event, please email [email protected]