Camarillo, Calif., April 16, 2012 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) will host “Forging Alliances,” the Fourth Annual Conference for Social Justice in Education, on Saturday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at CI’s Malibu Hall and John Spoor Broome Library. 

The event gathers Ventura County teachers and learners to showcase and discuss issues of social justice at work in the community, area schools, and institutions of higher education.

The conference is free and open to teachers, students, parents, administrators, counselors, youth advocates, activists, paraprofessionals and anyone else in Ventura County who is connected to public education in some way and is concerned about issues of equity, access and accountability.

The day will begin with opening remarks by CI President Richard Rush and a keynote speech by Ben Romo, Director of Community Education and Special Projects for the Santa Barbara County School of Education.  Afternoon sessions include presentations by local leaders in social justice issues.  Throughout the day, attendees will have an opportunity to network and share, plan, discuss, question, support and change what we do to achieve equity in our schools. 

Complimentary on-campus parking and lunch will be provided.  Registration is strongly encouraged and is available online at

“Forging Alliances” is sponsored by CI’s School of Education, the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics, the Provost’s office, Extended University, Arts & Sciences, and the Center for Integrative Studies, along with the Ventura Unified School District and the Ventura County Social Justice Fund.

To learn more about social justice education at CI, please contact Dr. Tiina Itkonen, Associate Professor of Education, at  or 805-437-3294.

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