ICARE for Social Justice

Summer Summit Conference 2022 (#ICARE4Justice)

July 7th-13th · Amsterdam & The Hague, Netherlands

The Intersectional and Comparative Advancement of Racial Equity for Social Justice

The purpose of the Global Summer Summit is to bring together a group of transnational critical scholar-practitioners to analyze, assess and design important considerations for establishing a global strategy and framework for advancing equity for racially and ethnically minoritized communities in education research, praxis and policy. Participants in the summit will have the opportunity to share best practices with each other as they present their diversity and inclusion research related to the promotion of access and equity for racially and ethnically minoritized communities in higher education. Participants will also have the opportunity to cultivate global frameworks centered on racial equity.

The overall plan is for this summit to result in several conference deliverables to disseminate the global framework cultivated including a podcast series, a white paper outlining the framework, a transnational grant, symposia panels, and a special research journal issue. The Intersectional and Comparative Advancement of Racial Equity for Social Justice is a program designed to advance graduate students, faculty, policy makers and community organizers interested in global issues related to racial equity, intersectionality, social justice, decoloniality and anti-colonialism.

Day 1 – Thursday, July 7th

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

TIME SESSION DESCRIPTION
3:00 pm Check-in at Crown Plaza Hotel Amsterdam South
6:30 pm Dinner - Location TBD

Day 2 – Friday, July 8th

Location: VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam - New University Building Room 3A47
Moderators: Saran Stewart & Frank Tuitt

TIME SESSION DESCRIPTION
10:40 am Leaving the hotel to the venue (walking)
11:00 am Introductions & Overview
12:05 am [Setting the context: Interactive session: “Challenges and Opportunities for Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the US, UK and Dutch Context”]

Speakers: Prof. Mark Overmeyer-Velazquez, Dr. Maria Arruda, Mary Tupan-Wenno

Facilitator: Pravini Baboeram-Mahes

Description: Recently, student movements and uprisings in the Netherlands, the United States, the United Kingdom, and many other nations demanded justice reform addressing systemic forms of racial oppression. In this session, participants will hear perspectives from partners in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands around current contexts, challenges, and opportunities facing researchers, practitioners, and administrators in advancing justice for racially and ethnically minoritized populations.

1:20 pm Lunch at VU University Amsterdam
2:15 pm [Panel Theme#1: Access, Success and Racial Equity in Higher Education]

Speakers: Prof. Michael Bradford, Stacy Johnson, Dr. Ismintha Waldring

Facilitator: Pravini Baboeram-Mahes

Description: Building on the first session on regional context setting, this panel will integrate regional context and apply it to higher education as a system. Panelists will discuss the status of access, success, and racial equity in higher education systems in the United States, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands, how institutions have been attempting to address access and success in higher education for racially and ethnically minoritized communities, and what efforts have been effective. 

3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:45 pm [Panel Theme #2: Structural Barriers to Advancing Equity and Inclusion for REM communities in Higher Education: Implications for Policies & Practices]

Speakers: Dr. Frank Tuitt, Prof. Ruard Ganzevoort, Prof. Lucy Donaldson

Facilitator: Pravini Baboeram-Mahes

Description: In this critical juncture in our individual societies where anti-Blackness and anti-Asian violence is rampant, yet becoming more transparent; higher education institutions have the responsibility to engage students, faculty and staff in thoughtful and substantive training, research, and learning to prepare them to be racial equity advocates committed to social justice. The task to understand and examine university-wide systemic structures of REM inequities and advance research on REM equity issues requires an understanding of the barriers that are embedded in these structures. Panelists will address what structural barriers exist in higher education institutions in order to set the stage for cultivating the framework to move past these barriers into impactful advancement of racial equity in institutional contexts. 

5:00 pm  Wrap-up and Reflections
5:30 pm Closing
6:30 pm Leaving for the restaurant
7:30 pm Dinner in Amsterdam - Location shared upon arrival

 

Day 3 – Saturday, July 9th

TIME SESSION DESCRIPTION
11:00 am Visiting the Black Archives in Amsterdam for the exhibition Facing Blackness
Lunch & Dinner on the participant's own

 

Day 4 – Sunday, July 10th

Location: The Hague, Netherlands

TIME SESSION DESCRIPTION
11:00 am Check out of Crowne Plaza hotel (leave luggage)
12:00 pm Lunch at Tropen Museum
Tour the Exhibit in Amsterdam - Tropen Museum Tour
Bus to transport to Voco Hotel, The Hague
5:00 pm Check in at Voco Hotel, The Hague
6:30 pm Dinner - Location shared upon arrival

 

Day 5 – Monday, July 11th

Location: The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS), Johanna Westerdijkplein 75, Den Haag, Main Building of The Hague, Room: The Light House Speakers’ Corner
Moderators: Saran Stewart, Frank Tuitt, Pravini Baboeram

TIME SESSION DESCRIPTION
9:00 am Introductions & Reflections
10:00 am [Panel Theme #3: Islamophobia, Refugee/Asylum Seekers, Undocumented Students: Creating Inclusive and Equitable Learning Environments]

Speakers: Omar Romandia, Yasmin Elgoharry, Prof. Joylette Williams, Rusen Cok, Dr. Neema Begum, Abdi Ahmed

Facilitator: Assistant Dean of Students Luz Burgos-Lopez

Description: Further complicating the narrative of racial equity in higher education is increased anti-Muslim racialization in global, particularly western, contexts. Moreover, the racialization of immigration leads to detrimental impacts on refugees, asylum seekers, and undocumented communities impacting student experiences at and access to higher education institutions. 

11:30 am Coffee Break and Snacks
11:45 am [Panel Theme #4: Critical Frameworks to Guide Racial Equity Taxonomy in the UK, US and Dutch Context]

Speakers: Dr. Naomi van Stapele, Prof. Lewis Gordon, Dr. Saran Stewart, Dr. Frank Tuitt, Dr. Onyeka Nubia

Facilitator: Pravini Baboeram-Mahes

Description: This panel will focus on essential frameworks and conceptual underpinnings intended to guide the establishment of a global racial equity framework. Panelists will discuss the following concepts and frameworks: Decolonization; Inclusion; Intersectionality, Critical Race Theory; Abolition and Liberation

1:00 pm Lunch
1:45 pm [Panel Theme #5: How do Institutions advance Intersectional Racial Equity in STEM and Health fields in Higher Education]

Speakers: Dr. Christina Ross, Dr. Maria Arruda, Dr. Machiel Kooistra

Facilitator: Stacy Johnson

Description: In order to cultivate a robust global framework and research agenda that can be applied across multiple fields, it is key to incorporate interdisciplinary perspectives. This panel will focus on how institutions advance racial equity in STEM contexts, what institutional structures have been helpful in advancing racial equity in STEM, and what barriers to advancing racial equity exist in STEM research. Participants will learn important context related to STEM and health fields in order to secure the global equity framework’s applicability and utilization in many educational contexts. 

3:00 pm Break
3:30 pm [Introduction of Knowledge Cafés]

Facilitator: Pravini Baboeram-Mahes and Dr. Saran Stewart

4:30 pm Wrap up and Closing
6:30 pm Leaving for dinner
7:00 pm Dinner in The Hague - Location shared upon arrival

Day 6 – Tuesday, July 12th

Location: Spaces The Hague, Zuid-Hollandlaan 7, 2596 AL Den Haag
Moderators: Saran Stewart, Frank Tuitt, Mary Tupan-Wenno

TIME SESSION DESCRIPTION
9:30 am Breaking into Knowledge Cafés
10:30 am Knowledge Café – Strategy Session
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Break into Knowledge Cafés
4:00 pm Wrap up and Closing
5:30 pm Leaving for Dinner
7:00 pm Dinner in The Hague - Location shared upon arrival

Day 7 – Wednesday, July 13th

Location: Spaces The Hague, Zuid-Hollandlaan 7, 2596 AL Den Haag
Moderators: Saran Stewart & Frank Tuitt

TIME SESSION DESCRIPTION
9:00 am Introductions & Reflections
9:30 am Knowledge Café Presentation – Framework
Scheduled Podcast Recordings - Rolling Interviews Throughout Presentations
Hosted by Josefien van Marlen and Omar Romandia
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Knowledge Café Presentations – Framework
3:30 pm Closing Session, Next Steps & Key Takeaways
6:30 pm Dinner in The Hague - Location shared upon arrival
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