Don’t Miss Our Upcoming Virtual Spring Convening!

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm PST

Location: Virtual (Webinar)

Keynote: Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom

It has been 70 years since Thurgood Marshall argued, and won, the landmark Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, KS, 1954 (Brown) decision before the United States Supreme Court declaring the “separate, but equal” doctrine illegal. Significant legal challenges have begun to dismantle Brown in some states, and California is not immune. Our state has seen legal challenges to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in both K-12 and higher education. This webinar begins with a national overview of how we came to our current circumstances by Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom, noted sociologist and MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” fellow, and continues with an examination of equity and DEI in California. The event concludes with insights from everyday middle leaders on what the conversation means for us in our roles, and how we continue the work to overcome our nation’s legacy of educational equity gaps in an especially fraught national moment.



9-9:30 Welcome

  • CSU Student Success Network: Dr. Shonda Goward, Network Director
  • CSU Office of the Chancellor: Dr. Dilcie Perez, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs
  • Speaker Introduction: Dr. Shonda Goward

9:30-11 Brown v. Board of Education: A National Context

  • Keynote and Moderated Q&A with Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom

11-12 A Look at Desegregation in California

  • Introduction: Dean Anne Marie Todd
  • Ethnic Studies Program at SJSU organized by Dr. Kerri Malloy 


  • Yvonne Kwan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
  • Juan Pablo Mercado, Ph.D., Lecturer of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Department of Chicano and Chicano Studies
  • Kerri J. Malloy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies, Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
  • Anne Marie Todd, Ph.D., Dean, College of Social Sciences

12-1pm Lunch

1-2:00 The Impact on California’s Higher Education Institutions

  • Panel discussion with:
    • Ray Murillo, Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, Equity and Belonging, CSU Office of the Chancellor
    • Shaun Fletcher, Assistant Professor, Public Relations at SJSU
    • Kyzyl Fenno Smith, Librarian, CSU East Bay 
    • Yajayra Tovar, Managing Director, CHHS and LCOE SSCs

2:00-3:00 Student Perspectives on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Panel discussion 

3:00-3:15 Closing Reflection


Participants will learn the history and current context of the challenges to equity work happening nationally and within the California context.


Participants will gain an understanding of challenges they may eventually face on campus and prepare for them, as well as learn how leaders have faced and navigated challenges to equity focused work they have already encountered.


The goal of this webinar is to contextualize California’s place in conversations regarding justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and the unique needs of California’s public higher education institutions in this regard.

This event is co-sponsored by the California State University Office of the Chancellor. 

Prior Convenings

Review and engage with past convenings.