Friday, October 4, 2019, Worcester State University

Conference Focus

The racial and income disparities in education in Massachusetts are well-known. Latinx students in particular are falling further behind despite decades of education reform and targeted programs created to improve achievement. Failure to address racial and income disparities in education (K-16) for Latinx students will undermine the Commonwealth’s economic growth and viability.

In Pursuit of Equity, Accountability and Success (PEAS) seeks to unite multiple systems and sectors around community, policy, and practitioner-centered solutions to addressing the current system of unequal outcomes in educational attainment and institutional treatment.

Our Emcee

Marco A. Davis, Deputy Director of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

Our Dynamic Speakers

Dr. Estela Mara Bensimon, Dean’s Professor in Educatonal Equity, USC Rossier School of Education Director, Center for Urban Education - View Biography

Dr. Pedro A. Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA - View Biography

Call For Proposals

PEAS _call_for_presenters Final.pdf

See Full CFP for full details. Proposals must be sent by August 2, 2019 through this link.

Each Proposal should consist of:

  • Name and contact information for the person(s) making this submission
  • A title and one-page (around 250 words) summary of the presentation
  • A 50-word abstract suitable for printing in the final conference program
  • Learning objectives for the workshop
  • A bio/resume (100-150 words) describing current employment, previous professional or academic experience, etc.

Lead Sponsor:

American Student Assistance


Worcester State University

    • Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University
    • Department of Urban Studies

Massachusetts Departments of

    • Higher Education
    • Elementary and Secondary Education
    • Early Education and Care

The University of Massachusetts -- Boston

The Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at UMass Boston

Event Sponsors:

EOS Foundation

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Worcester State University Latino Education Institute

Community Partners:


Worcester Mayoral Commission for Latino Equity and Advancement

Action for Boston Community Development

Amplify LatinX

Bunker Hill Community College

Clarendon--Early Education Services, Inc.

Greater Boston Latino Network

Gandara Center

Humanity Advanced

Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion

Latinos for Education


Rennie Center

Strategies for Children

Suffolk University

Worcester Education Collaborative

Organizing Committee

The PEAS Organizing Committee is chaired by Mary Jo Marion, Assistant Vice President for Urban Affairs, Worcester State University and includes practioniners and system representatives -- Nyal Fuentes (DESE), Elena Quiroz (DHE), Carmen Veloria (American Student Assistance), Cynthia Orellana (UMass-Boston), Fabian Ardila (UMB/Gaston Institute), Melissa Colon (Bunker Hill Community College) and Marta Rosa (MTR Consulting).

Conference Location:

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA 01602