Cultural Literacy and Equity Symposium
The University of Idaho’s Office of Equity & Diversity and the President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion invites the university community to participate in the biennial (and newly-renamed) Cultural Literacy & Equity Symposium. Dedicated to the memory of Dr. Jane Baillargeon, a lifelong advocate and ally for diversity and inclusion issues at the university, the Symposium serves as an unique opportunity to deepen our Vandal family’s awareness, personal and professional skills, and institutional capacity building around cultural literacy and equity initiatives at the university.
The 2018 Symposium will take place on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31, with special sessions geared towards staff and faculty, as well as a session for students only. The Symposium will be facilitated by Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz, Founding Executive Director of , who also served as the University of Idaho’s 2018 Latinx Heritage Month speaker. Dr. Arauz’s work is focused on promoting equity as a foundation for educational excellence. Click the Register box at the top of this page to confirm your attendance!
Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz
Dr. Arauz is a sought-after speaker and facilitator, inspiring and captivating audiences through his creative storytelling approach. He has mastered the art of addressing the delicate topics of 21st century education, equity, immigration and Black/Brown male youth development. He is featured in a documentary that focuses on contemporary civil rights activists and has traveled internationally as an inspirational ‘Spoken Word’ storyteller. His fresh and compelling vision cultivates collaboration between the private and public sectors, providing solutions to humanize the educational process for every student and educator. He has worked in the educational sector for over 30 years.
Dr. Arauz received his B.A. and M.A. in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He received his Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco. His dissertation focused on the racial identity development of undocumented youth. Dr. Arauz’s belief that we cannot have educational excellence without equity led him to found the nonprofit, , where he currently serves as the Executive Director. In addition, Dr. Arauz is an adjunct professor at Dominican University and has served as a trustee for several independent schools and educational organizations.