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2021 Advocacy & Policy Conference
Friday, March 12, 2021, 10:00 AM to Saturday, March 13, 2021, 10:00 AM PST
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Building a Just Future: From Hope to Action

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Glossary of Terms


Barbara Ransby, PhD
Professor of History, Gender and Women's Studies, and African American Studies

Dr. Ransby is not only a historian and writer but also a long-time activist.  She was deeply involved in the anti-Apartheid/ Free South Africa movement in the 1980s and later co-founded a number of organizations including: The Ella-Baker Nelson Mandela Center, Ella’s Daughters, and African American Women in Defense of Ourselves.  She is a founding member of the national organization Scholars for Social Justice and works closely with The Movement for Black Lives and the multi-racial coalition, The Rising Majority.
She serves on the Board of Directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, and the grassroots Chicago-based, Equity and Transformation, (E.A.T.) a group that supports formerly incarcerated persons and those working in the informal economy.



Melina Abdullah, PhD
Professor and former Chair of Pan African Studies at CSU, Los Angeles

Dr. Melina Abdullah is a recognized expert on race, gender, class, and social movements. She was among the original group of organizers that convened to form Black Lives Matter and continues to serve as a Los Angeles chapter leader. Professor Abdullah is a womanist scholar-activist, understanding the role that she plays in the academy as intrinsically linked to broader struggles for the liberation of oppressed people. Professor Abdullah is a leader in the fight for Ethnic Studies in the K-12 and university systems and was a part of the historic victory that made Ethnic Studies a requirement in the Los Angeles Unified School District, also serving on the Taskforce for the Advancement of Ethnic Studies for the California State University system.  

Who Should Attend?

All faculty members, union and academic senate leaders, student leaders and those who work in categorically funded programs are encouraged to attend.

This is your opportunity to network and share ideas with colleagues across the state, participate in professional development sessions, and hear from top decision-makers on policy and budget.

Conference Rates 

Member Full-Time $50  |  Member Part-Time $20

Non-Member Full-Time $100  |  Non-Member Part-Time $40

                 Retired Faculty $20  |   Students: Complimentary Registration                      

Week of Action

This year, instead of legislative visits in the State Capitol, we are very excited to announce that the Advocacy & Policy Conference will have a "Week of Action" during the week following the conference. 

Week of Action Schedule


Contact: Lidia Stoian, Director of Program and Development | 916-447-8555 | [email protected]