Keynote Speaker

Dr. Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales

Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales is an assistant professor in the department of Organization & Leadership in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco where she studies the political activism and meaning-making processes of undocumented young people. She grew up on the U.S.-Mexico border and got involved in the immigrant rights movement at age 16 in the fight against Proposition 187 in California and is the former co-director of the Oakland-based organization School of Unity and Liberation.  She earned her B.A. in Ethnic Studies and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education, all from UC Berkeley.  She was active in the fight to save Affirmative Action and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, and in the fight against the passage of Proposition 21 in California.

Her work, which has focused on the way undocumented young people are changing the political and legislative terrain around “illegality” and belonging in this country and the racialized experiences of Latino students in the educational system, has been published in journals such as Latino Studies, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, The Journal of Latinos and Education, and Harvard Educational Review.  Genevieve served as a guest co-editor of a special issue of the Association of Mexican-American Educators Journal titled “Complicating The Politics of Deservingness: A Critical Look at Latina/o Undocumented Migrant Youth.” Her co-authored book, Encountering Poverty: Thinking and Acting in an Unequal World, was published last year by the University of California Press.  

Genevieve has been working with, supporting, and researching undocumented youth for the past 10 years as a student affairs professional, a researcher, and an activist. Her work seeks to bridge political economy, higher education, and immigration in order to highlight the ways in which migrant illegality is (re)produced through the racialized spaces of higher education within the context of neo-liberalism.


Morning Speakers

Dr. Na'ilah Suad Nasir

Dr. Na’ilah Suad Nasir was selected as the second UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion in 2015. She also holds the Birgeneau Chair in Educational Disparities in the Graduate School of Education, and was previously the H. Michael and Jeanne Williams Chair of African American Studies. Dr. Nasir joined the Berkeley faculty in 2008 from the School of Education at Stanford University, where she earned the St. Claire Drake Teaching Award in 2007.

The author of Racialized Identities: Race and achievement for African-American youth, published by the Stanford University Press in 2011, Dr. Nasir’s research examines the racialized and cultural nature of learning and schooling. She is interested in the intertwining of social, cultural, and political contexts and learning, especially in connection with inequity in educational outcomes. Dr. Nasir also published over 30 articles in scholarly journals.  In 2017, Dr. Nasir was elected to membership in the National Academy of Education. The National Academy of Education (NAEd) advances high quality education research and its use in policy and practice.

Dr. Nasir has also been an integral member of the UC Berkeley Resident Faculty Program where faculty integrate themselves into student life and provide support for students by living alongside them in the residence halls. In this role, she worked with Resident Faculty colleagues to promote academic achievement and to create an inclusive and comfortable community that encourages personal growth and development. She strives to integrate her scholarly work with her commitment to community and engaged scholarship.

Dr. Nasir received her BA in 1993 from UC Berkeley (Social Welfare and Psychology) and her PhD in 2000 from UCLA (Psychological Studies in Education).

Ruben E. Canedo

Ruben E. Canedo (He/Him, They/Them), was born and raised in the border valleys of Mexicali (MEX), Imperial (US), and Coachella (US). Being part of a family with mixed immigration, college going, and socio-economic statuses shaped his commitment to justice. Ruben is a recipient of the UC Regents & Chancellor’s Full Scholarship and a first-generation alumnus of the University of California Berkeley. Both his undergraduate and graduate studies focused on systems theory, intersectionality, public higher education, minoritized populations, and the politics of leadership decision making processes. Today, Ruben serves the dual roles of Chair of the UC Berkeley Basic Needs Committee and as Co-Chair of the UC Systemwide Basic Needs Committee. Since 2014, basic needs efforts went from a no budget effort to earning and operationalizing over $5 million across the UC system and impacting over 100,000 students.