13th Annual Alumni of Color Conference
Harvard Graduate School of Education
The Alumni of Color Conference (AOCC) is a yearly gathering of over 350 alumni, students, university faculty and staff, parents, teachers, and members of the broader community, nationwide, of all races and backgrounds, who share a common commitment to understanding and addressing issues of race, class, and education.
This year’s conference theme, “The Other Narrative: Celebrating Untold Stories,” will provide participants the opportunity to challenge dominant narratives that position the racial, ethnic, and cultural identities belonging to communities of color as inferior. By highlighting untold stories and counter-narratives, AOCC will engage participants in exploring different voices that celebrate just alternatives that include and go beyond academic discipline and pedagogy.
1) The Complexities of Identity: I, Too, Am...
Oftentimes identity is defined through a narrow lens, heavily influenced by the dominant cultural perspective. We invite you to expand upon that perspective and share the parts of your identity and/or cultural identities that are most salient to you.
2) The Web of (in)Justice
In order to understand the plight of those with untold stories, we must understand the webs of (in)Justice and the ways in which these identities are often connected to multiple forms of systemic discrimination, suppression, and maltreatment. We invite proposals that highlight the interconnectedness of power, privilege, and oppression.
3) Unseen and Unheard: The Greatest Story Never Told
The personal and educational acuity necessary to persist and thrive in inequitable and exclusive education environments is something all too familiar for groups that occupy the “other” narrative. Oftentimes, their stories are never told or given credence to the greater equity conversation. We offer space for these groups to share their experiences while challenging greater society to take notice, advocate, and provide adequate support systems to advance their educational attainment.