Symposium on Race & Education

We are pleased to announce the 4th Annual RISE Symposium, entitled "The Future of Race and Education: Critical Theories and Critical Practices," at CU Boulder Wolf Law Building on Friday, Feb. 15th from 9:00am-4:30pm. 

This event is organized by the CU School of Education graduate student group R.I.S.E. (Racial Initiatives for Students and Educators). This event is free and open to the public; we strongly encourage faculty, staff, students and citizens who have interest in issues of race and equity to attend. 

Please view the following evite for more information:

RSVP by Feb. 11th via evite to ensure your free lunch; we may not have enough food otherwise. We're glad to have you if you don't RSVP, however we cannot guarantee you lunch.

If you have questions about this event, please contact

Spread the word! Forward this link to anyone who might be interested. 

Many thanks,

R.I.S.E Board


Past Symposium Topics and Panelists:


3rd Annual R.I.S.E. Spring Symposium: 

"Bridging Borders: Overcoming Oppression Through Solidarity"

Friday, February 10th, 2012


9:00am-9:15am Welcome
Location: Wittemyer Courtroom, CU Boulder School of Law

9:15am-10:30am  Morning Panel
Identifying and Interrogating Harmful Borders with the Intent to Cross
Room: Wittemyer Courtroom
Panelists: Dr. Mollie Blackburn (Ohio State), Dr. Cindy Cruz (UC-Santa Cruz), Dr. Manuel Espinoza (CU-Denver)

10:30am-11:15am Morning Breakout Session
Rooms: Boettcher and Wittemyer Rooms

11:15am-12:45pm Afternoon Panel
Building Sustainable Partnerships to Resist Oppressive Practices
Room: Wittemyer Courtroom
Panelists: Dr. Julio Cammarota (Arizona), Dr. Erica Meiners (NE Illinois), Dr. Arturo Aldama (CU-Boulder)

12:45pm Lunch
Room: Cafe
Please RSVP at if you will attend lunch. 
Tickets will be handed out for those who have RSVP'd first, but we will also have extra lunches available. Please see a volunteer on the day of the event for a ticket.

1:30pm-2:30pm Keynote (after lunch)
Dr. Carol Lee (Northwestern)
Introduction by Dr. Kris Gutiérrez
Room change: Now in Wittemyer Courtroom

2:30-3:30pm Afternoon Breakout
Rooms: Boettcher and Wittemyer Rooms

More about our invited speakers:

Dr. Arturo Aldama (CU-Boulder) - Panelist

Dr. Mollie Blackburn (Ohio State) - Panelist

Dr. Julio Cammarota (Arizona) - Panelist

Dr. Cindy Cruz (UC-Santa Cruz) - Panelist

Dr. Manuel Espinoza (CU-Denver) - Panelist

Dr. Carol Lee (Northwestern) - Keynote Speaker

Dr. Erica Meiners (NE Illinois) - Panelist

This was a thought provoking, cross disciplinary, and campus wide event that included undergraduate, graduate students, teachers and community members. 

Our sponsors:

The Cultural Events Board   


Council of Colleges and Schools

2nd Annual Symposium Event: 

The Spring 2011 Symposium was held at the CU Boulder School of Law's Wittemyer Courtroom on February 18, 2011
This year's symposium was entitled: Equity in Education: Examining the Rhetoric of Race & Achievement Gaps.  
The symposium schedule will be as follows:

9:00-9:15Welcome by Dean Lorrie Shepard, School of Education, CU Boulder
Welcome by Dean David H Getches, Law School, CU Boulder
9:15-10:45Panel 1 - What is the rhetoric framing public discourse surrounding race and achievement gaps in the United States?

Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Dutro (CU - Boulder)

Panelists: Dr. David Connor (Hunter College), Dr. Rita Kohli (Santa Clara), Dr. David Stovall (University of Illinois - Chicago)
10:45-11:15Community Building Coffee Break 
11:15-12:45Panel 2 - How does racism contribute to the rhetoric of achievement gaps and race in education, policy and law? 

Moderator: Dr. David Stovall (University of Illinois - Chicago)

Panelists: Dr. David Connor (Hunter College), Dr. Rita Kohli (Santa Clara), Dr. Michele Moses (CU - Boulder), Catherine Smith, J.D. (University of Denver)
1:00-2:00Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Dr. David Stovall (University of Illinois - Chicago)
"Reframing the Gap: Educational Debt and the Responsibility of Socially Conscious Educators in Troubling Times"
(First come first serve basis)

Thank you to the 2011 Symposium sponsors:


The Cultural Events Board             

The 2010 spring symposium was held in Old Main on April 2, 2010.  The symposium was entitled: Understanding Race in the United States: Discussions of Race and Education and dealt with the following questions:
    What is the state of discourse in a perceived "post-racial" America?
    How does race intersect with education and research?

Thank you so much to our guest speakers Dr. Frank Tuitt (Higher Education Studies), Dr. Daryl Maeda (Ethnic Studies), Dr. Linda Mizell (Education), and Dr. Christina Sue (Sociology). 

Also thank you very much for our 2010 sponsors: CEB and UGGS.