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2017 Community-Based Social Justice Initiative for San Antonio
Chair: Maricela Oliva
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AERA-J’s 2017 Community-Based Social Justice Initiative for San Antonio
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By Dr. Maricela Oliva
AERA-J Host City Social Justice Chair

At the request of Vice President Ana Martínez Alemán, I am honored to serve as the host city Chair for the AERA-J Social Justice Initiative for 2017. The initial and continuing purpose of this effort has been to offer something to local constituencies even as Division J members enjoy all that the city has to offer during the conference. In that sense, the initiative is like a parallel conference for local constituencies, supported by voluntary presentations and other support from Division J members.

This initiative dates to William G. Tierney’s stint as AERA President in 2012-2013, and has been proudly continued by AERA-J ever since. The specific aspects of the initiative have historically been left for the host city to identify and to plan based on local need. More information on the San Antonio program follows below.

As the 7th largest city in the United States and one that in 2018 celebrates the tricentennial* anniversary of its founding, San Antonio has a long and proud history.  We hope to share some of this while you are in town.  This year, preparations for the 2017 AERA-J Social Justice Initiative have been supported by a tight and highly knowledgeable local Executive Committee.  Members include Dr. Adriana Contreras - Executive Director of the San Antonio Education Partnership, Mr. Martin Acevedo - Director of Development and Community Partnerships for the San Antonio Area Foundation, and Ms. Jillian Woolard – Program Specialist at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

First, in keeping with past practice, we have identified a local non-profit postsecondary focused program to support philanthropically for their good work. As a Carnegie classified Community Engaged institution, UTSA hosts community initiatives that foster student readiness and family awareness about what it takes to be admitted to college. Given that the majority of postsecondary students in San Antonio are the first generation of their family to college, this is a need that cuts across the region’s 16 independent school districts. The Academy for Parent Leadership is a partnership of area organizations devoted to working with parents and families to insure that they understand the demands of college admission so that they work with their children to be ready for admission and are prepared to share this information with parent peers in their communities. This partnership of the Region 20 Education Service Center, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the regional P-20 Council, the San Antonio Education Partnership, and other community organizations offers classes for groups of parents around college readiness. The approach is innovative, however, in that parents enroll in a “Knowledge to Action” class complete with a syllabus and course deliverables. In this way, parents commit to and learn about how their children will later engage the college environment as applicants and as students.

AERA-J members traditionally contribute financially to the local project as part of the social justice initiative. With this in mind, we have developed an online contributions page for the Academy for Parent Leadership. Please consider giving to this initiative at: https://giving.utsa.edu/APL. One hundred percent of proceeds go directly to the Academy for their use.

The Chair and Executive Committee also finalized the second prong of the social justice initiative; we concluded that there is a local need for professional development and action on four fronts:

  • a)High school graduation requirements and College Choice (audience = parents and families)
  • b)Undocumented Students (audience = families and educators)
  • c)Deaf education and South Texas (audience = policy-makers and educators)
  • d)Men of color and college (audience = educators and policy-makers)

In the coming weeks, we will identify scholar session leaders for community-focused “a, b, and d” sessions (the leader for “c” is from Gallaudet University). It is important for the individuals who serve in this capacity to be able to translate current research for the target audience. Parents and families, for example, need information, but also strategies about how to use the information in practical ways that further their goals. If you are interested in volunteering to work with a local co-presenter on these workshops, please contact me at maricela.oliva@utsa.edu.

We congratulate Vice President Ana Martínez Alemán, Program Chair Judy Márquez Kiyama and the Section Chairs for what promises to be an outstanding meeting and program. All of us look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!

* For additional information, see http://www.sanantonio300.org/.

 
 
Social Justice Initiative
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Academy for Parent Leadership 

AERA-J members traditionally contribute financially to the local project as part of the social justice initiative. With this in mind, we have developed an online contributions page for the Academy for Parent Leadership. 

Please consider giving to this initiative at: https://giving.utsa.edu/APL. One hundred percent of proceeds go directly to the Academy for their use.

 
 
Past Initiatives
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AERA Division J/NAFSA Convening, 2013

Summary Report

Papers (Hazelkorn; Hudzik; Marginson)

 
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