Social Justice Conference

Harker Social Justice Conf.

Friday, Nov. 10
In person | 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Upper School Campus | 500 Saratoga Ave., San Jose

Harker's community will immerse itself in a transformative experience at our inaugural Harker Social Justice Conference, where Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) converge with the vital issues of social justice and human rights. We will engage with thought leaders, activists and experts as they delve into crucial conversations surrounding equality, equity, systemic change and advocacy.

Plan to be inspired while we learn and collaborate to pave the way for a more just and equitable world for all. The goal of this conference is to extend Harker’s mission and values in preparing our students, faculty and staff to take their place as global citizens.

Morning Keynote Speaker: Maria Hantzopoulous, Ph.D., Professor, Vassar College

Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Monisha Bajaj, Ph.D., Professor, University of San Francisco (and Harker student 1985-87)

Workshop Presenters

  • Courtney Morris, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley
  • Martin Perna, Grammy-nominated producer, musician, writer and music scholar
  • Melissa Canlas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco
  • Paul Barsky, Upper School Head, The Harker School
  • Darius White, English Teacher, St. Ignatius College Preparatory
  • Paul David Terry, Program Analyst for the University of California, Davis, Health Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center

Participants in this conference will listen to morning and afternoon keynotes and then choose from eight different workshop options during the three workshop windows. RSVP to choose your workshops; locations on campus will be shared with attendees the day of the event.

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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rodney Glasgow

Maria Hantzopoulos

Maria Hantzopoulos earned her B.A. in history from Boston University, her M.A. in social studies education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her doctorate at Teachers College in international educational development. Her work broadly considers how educational processes structure inequity in their contexts and beyond. Her research interests include school culture and climate, project-based assessment, peace and human rights education, migration and education, and social studies curricula. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals including Anthropology and Education Quarterly, TC Record, Social Studies Research and Practice, and Policy Futures in Education. She is the author of the book Restoring Dignity: Human Rights in Action (Teachers College Press, 2016), and co-editor of Peace Education: International Perspectives (Bloomsbury, 2016) and Critical Small Schools: Beyond Privatization in New York City Urban Educational Reform (Information Age, 2012). She is also the co-author of the free web-based 9-12 curriculum "Rethinking the Region: New Approaches to U.S. 9-12 Curricula on MENA." Her research has been supported through the Spencer Foundation, the British Council, and the Social Science Research Council. Her forthcoming book is Education for Peace and Human Rights: An Introduction (Bloomsbury, 2021).

Before Vassar, she worked with pre-service student teachers at Columbia University’s Barnard and Teachers Colleges and conducted staff development for middle and high school teachers throughout New York City and nationally. She also taught and worked in New York City public schools, served on several public school planning teams, and continues to work with a variety of established youth organizations and professional educator organizations.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Monisha Bajaj

Monisha Bajaj

Monisha Bajaj is professor of international and multicultural education at the University of San Francisco. She is the editor and author of eight books and numerous articles on issues of peace, human rights, migration and education. Dr. Bajaj has developed curriculum and teacher training materials - particularly related to human rights, racial justice, ethnic studies, and sustainability - for nonprofit and national advocacy organizations as well as intergovernmental organizations, such as UNICEF and UNESCO. In 2015, she received the Ella Baker/Septima Clark Human Rights Award from Division B of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. Bajaj attended Harker in 1985-86.

Workshop Presenter Bios

Event Schedule

7:30 a.m. Check-In Begins Rothschild Performing Arts Center (RPAC)
8:10 a.m. Morning Speaker Zhang Gym
9:10 a.m. Workshop 1

Locations will be shared with attendees

10:35 a.m. Workshop 2 Locations will be shared with attendees
11:50 a.m. Lunch Manzanita Hall
12:45 p.m. Workshop 3

Locations will be shared with attendees

2:05 p.m. Afternoon Speaker RPAC
3 p.m. Closing

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Harker

Diversity, equity and inclusion is at the core of our mission and philosophy at The Harker School. We are firmly dedicated to building, sustaining and retaining a safe, loving and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, staff, families and alumni, and expect all members in the Harker community to participate and engage in this work collectively. Through our educational opportunities for students, and development opportunities for faculty, staff and parents, we embrace the conversations needed so that our students are equipped to be the changemakers needed in our country and throughout the world.

Learn More about Harker's DEI Efforts