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CI Announces Fifth Annual Conference for Social Justice in Education

Camarillo, Calif. – CSU Channel Islands (CI) will host the Fifth Annual Conference for Social Justice in Education, Saturday, April 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Grand Salon.  The annual event brings together Ventura County teachers and learners for a day of discussion, sharing, planning and action to promote equal opportunities for learning in our schools.

The conference is free and open to the public.  Teachers, students, parents, administrators, counselors, youth advocates, activists, paraprofessionals, and anyone in Ventura County who is concerned about issues of equity, access and accountability in public education are encouraged to attend.  Free lunch is included.  Participants should register in advance at

This year’s theme, “Organizing for Sustainable Change,” highlights the essential process of building a common agenda and creating opportunities for collaborative impact that are sustainable over time.  The conference features keynote speaker Dr. Marcos Vargas, founding Executive Director of the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) and nationally recognized expert on social justice, community activism and social learning.  Afternoon sessions will focus on critical issues such as anti-bullying, special education, childcare, and creating sustainable change in classrooms, schools, and the community.  During lunch, participants will hear from a panel of community leaders who have facilitated change in the county, in areas from housing to advocacy for indigenous people.

“Organizing for Sustainable Change” is sponsored by CI’s School of Education, Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics, the Provost’s Office, Extended University, Arts & Sciences, Center for Integrative Studies, and Instructionally Related Activities fund, along with the Ventura Unified School District and the Ventura County Social Justice Fund.

Free on-campus parking is available.  Once on campus, follow the directional signs to the designated parking lot.  Free parking is also available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo with bus service to and from the campus.  Riders should board the CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way.  Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.  For exact times, check the schedule at

For more information, visit or contact Tina Torres at 805-437-8573 or

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