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Cultivating Inclusivity in Uncertain Times

3/6/23 UPDATE

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Judy Heumann over the weekend. She was a pioneer in gaining access and rights for people with disabilities and will be greatly missed. In light of Judy's untimely passing, Dr. Elizabeth Finnegan has graciously accepted our request to present our keynote address. Please click here to review Dr. Finnegan’s bio.

We are making adjustments to the new schedule and will send conference links out as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and patience. 

A virtual conference

Presented by FEH BOCES highlighting diversity, equity and inclusion

Join us in this important DEI event for educators, leaders and community members as we provide an opportunity to increase our awareness and our ability to understand and address issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in educational systems. This conference is a platform, a safe-enough space to learn, share ideas, best practices and strategies for making our learning environments and work spaces more inclusive and equitable for all the learn, work, and enter these spaces. This day will also help educators/participants expand their understanding of different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives in creating welcoming and inclusive spaces. This day will also provide opportunities for professional development and networking with peers and some of the most dynamic, influential experts in the field, allowing us to learn from one another, and grow in our personal/professional practice.


Educators, leaders, Board of Education members and other stakeholders who are interested in making schools and organizations more inclusive. 


Wednesday, March 8, 2023

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Choose sessions to attend throughout the day! 

Click here to view or download a PDF of the full schedule


This conference is entirely web-based, so attendees can join from anywhere. We will make Webex links to each session available to those who register. 
Click here to register


FEH BOCES is thrilled to have some amazing presenters for this learning event. These experts focus on a variety of inclusivity topics, and we're excited to gain insights from each of them. 


Kay Pranis

A national leader in restorative justice, specializing in peacemaking Circles. Since 1998, Kay has conducted Circle trainings in a diverse range of communities—from schools to prisons to workplaces to churches, from rural farm towns in Minnesota to Chicago’s South Side. She is one of the co-founders of Living Justice Press and has authored and coauthored a number of books on Circles including: Peacemaking Circles: From Conflict to Community (Living Justice Press, 2003), Circle ForwardThe Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking(Good Books, 2005).


Lorena German

Lorena is an immigrant from Dominican Republic and raised in the US, attended public schooling from first grade through high school. She is an advocate for the practice of a culturally sustain pedagogical approach to education. She is the Chair of the National Council of English Teacher’s Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English and co-founder of #DisruptTexts. Director of Pedagogy at EduColor.


Svetlana Stowell

Svetlana is currently the Director of Diversity and Equity Planning for Monroe One BOCES. 

Dr. Sealy-Ruiz

Dr. Yolanda Sealy-Ruiz

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz is an award-winning Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on racial literacy in teacher education, Black girl literacies, and Black and Latinx male high school students. A sought-after speaker on issues of race, culturally responsive pedagogy, and diversity, Sealey-Ruiz works with K-12 and higher education school communities to increase their racial literacy knowledge and move toward more equitable school experiences for their Black and Latinx students.


Debbie Reese

Dr. Debbie Reese, tribally enrolled at Nambé Pueblo, has studied representations of Native peoples in children's and young adult books for over thirty years. Her book chapters, journal articles, and professional writings are taught in education, library science, and English courses across the United States and Canada. Her blog, "American Indians in Children's Literature" ("AICL"), is widely recognized as a go-to resource for writers, reviewers, editors, teachers, librarians, and parents. In July of 2019, Beacon Press published a young readers’ edition of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz adapted by Dr. Reese and her longtime friend and colleague, Dr. Jean Mendoza.


James Shultis

James is a dynamic educator providing support to individuals, schools, organizations, businesses, and more. Since 2003, they have been teaching about LGBTQIA+ issues, working with homeless shelters & clinics to K-12 schools, and college classrooms.


Judy Heumann

The Washington Post says, “She’s considered the mother of disability rights.” 
She is an internationally recognized disability advocate that has served on the Clinton and Obama Administrations. Her story was featured in the documentary “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution,” a 2020 American award winning documentary film. In 2020, she published her memoir "Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist," written with Kristen Joiner. Judy is now the producer of The Heumann Perspective, a podcast and YouTube channel that aims to share the beauty of the disability community.

Dr. Talusan

Dr. Liza Talusan

Liza Talusan is an educator, facilitator, and strategic change partner for organizations, corporations, leadership teams, schools and individuals who are looking to build their skills in areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and leadership. She leads with compassion and connection, even when conversations are difficult and challenging.

Dr. Forbes

Dr. Paul Forbes

Paul Forbes is the Founder of Leading with Hearts and Minds, serves as the Chief of the Defining US Network, is the Former Executive Director within the Office of Equity and Access for the New York City Department of Education. A native New Yorker who was born, raised, and still lives in Brooklyn, he has dedicated his professional life to working with students and families from historically underrepresented neighborhoods and communities. 


Amanda Chansingh

Amanda is the Administrative Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity for the Eastern Suffolk BOCES.