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Teaching for Justice

A Spotlight On Teaching Asian American Studies Across the Curriculum

A two-day conference intended for K-12 educators and those interested in integrating the principles of Asian American Studies into their professional work.

"You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it."
- Grace Lee Boggs

The racial reckoning sweeping the nation, COVID-19-related xenophobia and violence aimed at Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on BIPOC communities have accelerated the urgency and necessity of ethnic studies in schools. For social justice to be integrated and sustained in public education, we must build local partnerships that empower and prepare teachers to implement Asian American Studies in the classroom. After nearly a year of conversations and collaborations between K-12 educators in Orange County, faculty and staff at UC Irvine, and education experts across California, we formally invite you to be in community with us over the course of a two-day conference for K-12 educators and all stakeholders interested in establishing, strengthening, and expanding Asian American classroom instruction.


The following are guiding conference questions for consideration:

  • What does teaching Asian American studies look like in practice?

  • Who and what community will support my work in this area?

  • What resources (curricular, pedagogical) are available to me as I leave this conference?

An important outcome of the conference is the dissemination of research and pedagogical resources that teachers can directly implement. This includes sections of the UCLA Asian American Center’s AAPI Digital Textbook project currently under development.


Friday, April 29, 2022 and Saturday, April 30, 2022

9 AM - 4 PM PT

Cost: $25 Friday (virtual) | $125 Saturday (in-person)

Registration closes on April 22 at 5:00 p.m. PT

To register with Purchase Order,
contact Samantha Engler englers@uci.edu

If you are or your district is unable to cover the registration fee(s), we have scholarships available for up to 20 registrants thanks to a generous donor, Dr. Wenli Jen, Integral Prudence Solutions.

Click here to learn more.

The first day will be virtual and open to all. We will provide an introduction to Asian American Studies, as well as spotlight resources and advocacy efforts for and by Asian American and Pacific Islanders.
Day 1 Sessions | Speakers
The second day will be in-person on the UC Irvine campus. Intended for K-12 teachers, we will highlight how to integrate Asian American Studies into the K-12 classroom.
Day 2 Sessions | Speakers

Additional Day 2 Information

  • Events of the day will take place at the UCI Student Center, 311 W. Peltason Drive, Irvine, CA 92697.

  • Parking is available at the Student Center Parking Structure, located on the corner of Campus Drive and W. Peltason Drive. Please visit UCI Transportation for more information on fees and access.

  • All in-person events will be held in accordance with current COVID guidelines. More information can be found here.

  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


Conference Planning Committee

Thuy Vo Dang

Curator for the UCI Libraries Southeast Asian Archive & Research Librarian for Asian American Studies

Nicole Gilbertson

UCI Teacher Academy Director and UCI History Project Site Director

Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Educational Partnerships, UCI

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

Director of the Humanities Center at UCI and Professor of Asian American Studies

Tuyen Tran

California History-Social Science Project Assistant Director

Jennifer A. Yee

Associate Professor CSUF Asian American Studies

Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales

Professor at SFSU Asian American Studies Department

Wenli Jen

Secretary, Chinese American Citizens Alliance - Los Angeles, Lecturer at California State University, Dominguez Hills

Diu-Huong Nguyen

Assistant Professor at UCI
Department of History

Dorothy Fujita-Rony

Professor, Department of Asian American Studies, UCI

Lauren Higa

UCLA Asian American Studies Center

Julius Paras

The Parenting Asian America Project

Naehee Kwun

UCI CalTeach, UCLA Math Project, Mathing for Equity

Virginia Nguyen

Teacher and Co-Founder of Educate to Empower

Stacy Yung

Instructional Designer and Co-Founder of Educate to Empower

Jeff Kim

Teacher and Instructional Coach, CSUF, and Founder of EdFamily YT Channel

Mary Nguyen

UCI Libraries Student Assistant

Fuko Kiyama

Ph.D. Student at UCI School of Education

Hanako Redrick


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