2024 EPS Conference: Advocacy, Education Policy, and Social Transformation

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Education Building, WI Idea Room 159, 1000 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706 (Virtual Option Available)
@ 8:45 am - 5:00 pm

Pre-Registration Required

The 2024 EPS conference will delve into the relationship between advocacy, educational policy and social transformation. A wide, complex, and ever-shifting relationship such as it is, presentations throughout the day will show surprising connections from a diverse array of topics.

There is particular value this year in 1) critical perspectives on uneven power structures in which marginalized learners contest inequity through various advocacy and policy efforts, and 2) perspectives that examine the dynamic relationship between advocacy, educational policy and social transformation through time and space.

In celebration of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s 175th anniversary, keynote panels this year will tease out the notions embedded in the university’s initiative, Our Shared Future. By looking both backward and forward, we hope they will enliven our present. We are particularly animated by the inclusion of Indigenous activists and advocates who will lead a keynote panel on Indigenous ways of knowing and language revitalization efforts.

I ka ʻōlelo no ke ola, i ka ʻōlelo no ka make— in language there is life, in language there is death. It is important to give life and space to Indigenous stories, language and knowledge. This keynote panel aims to lift up policy, advocacy, and the resulting social transformative work of Indigenous people, featuring Indigenous advocates and activists engaged in language revitalization efforts. Through this panel, we will be guided towards an understanding of the needs of Indigenous people, the current state of Indigenous language and ways of knowing, and the places in which the University bears responsibility to act.