Institute for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Are you interested in creating a learning environment that is engaging and accessible to a broad range of culturally diverse students? Join us for the second Annual Institute for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. This virtual seminar presents an outstanding opportunity for anyone who teaches or supports students.

At this seminar you will:

  • Develop strategies to better engage the diverse students you serve.
  • Hear from renowned national scholars who are a part of the critical conversation about equity in student success that is occurring across the country.
  • Engage in courageous conversations with K-12 and postsecondary peers across the state about how to create inclusive, supportive, engaging and affirming environments that prepare first-generation, low-income and students of color for equitable educational access and success.


Early Bird Registration before October 16: $40.00
Registration after October 17: $50.00
TCC employees: free with registration code


Program Details

Friday, October 30, 2020
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
via Zoom

Program Schedule

Dr. Derald Wing Sue

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Derald Wing Sue

With more than 170 publications and 23 books under his belt, including four best-selling texts, Dr. Derald Wing Sue is the most cited and influential multicultural scholar today. A Professor of psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, he is a pioneer in the field of multicultural psychology, microaggression theory, racial dialogues, multicultural counseling and therapy, and the psychology of racism/antiracism.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Lisa Delpit

Recently retired Felton G. Clark Distinguished Professor of Education at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lisa D. Delpit is currently the principal of the consulting firm, Delpit Learning. She is the former Executive Director/Eminent Scholar for the Center for Urban Education & Innovation at Florida International University, and the former holder of the Benjamin E. Mays Chair of Urban Educational Excellence at Georgia State University. An award-winning, best-selling author, she is best known for her publications Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom (1995) and Teaching When the World is on Fire (2019). Her work has focused on the education of children of color and the perspectives, aspirations, and pedagogy of teachers of color.

Speaker: Adriana Alejandre

Adriana Alejandre is a Trauma Psychotherapist in Burbank, California and frequently sought-after speaker whose clinical practice specializes in trauma and EMDR. Alejandre is the founder of the internationally recognized Latinx Therapy, a national directory and bilingual podcast that destigmatizes mental health and provides education to combat the stigma through technology and mental health services. A recipient of the 2019 Hispanicize award for Best Social Good Content, and the National Hispanic Foundation x Instagram's Latinx Top 5 Influencers of 2020, her podcast has been featured in iTunes Top 200, Spotify’s Top 30 Latin shows, LA Times and heard in over 112 countries.

Speaker: Dr. Paul Gorski

With more than 20 years of experience helping educators, nonprofits, and others strengthen their equity efforts, Dr. Paul Gorski is the Founder of the Equity Literacy Institute and EdChange. He has also served as an Associate Professor of Integrative Studies and a Research Fellow in the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University, where he taught courses such as Social Justice Education and School through Students' Eyes. His recent books include Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty and The Poverty and Education Reader: A Call for Equity in Many Voices (with Julie Landsman).

Speaker: Dr. Jane Irungu

Dr. Jane Irungu has more than three decades of experience in the field of education, organizational management, and intercultural relations. She is the Associate Provost of Inclusive Faculty Excellence at the University of Oklahoma (OU), and the Executive Director of the institution's Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies, University Outreach. Prior to OU, she worked at the University of Oregon (UO) as an Assistant Vice President and Director of the Center for Multicultural Academic Success- among other positions. Her portfolio at UO included oversight for historically underserved, underrepresented, first-generation, undocumented, and international students' network of support, faculty staff resource groups, and post-graduation success. Prior to UO, she worked for more than a decade at the University of Kansas in different capacities some of which included: Lecturer, African and African American Studies Department, Associate Director of the Kansas African Studies Center, and Program Director, Office of International Programs. Dr. Irungu’s career in education began in her home country of Kenya, where she worked as a high school teacher and principal.

Speaker: Dr. Roberto Rubalcaba

By day, he's a mathematician known as Professor Rob at San Diego City College. By night, he's a raw fish connoisseur and funky-fresh disc jockey. Dr. Rubalcaba uses his alter ego, DJ Professor Shadow, to reduce the stress around studying for midterms and finals through Math Jams. He has also lectured at San Diego State and the University of San Diego. Prior to his teaching career, he served as an applied research mathematician for the United States Department of Defense.