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Latino Resistance in Higher Education: ILACHE coming to Illinois State

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Estela Mara Bensimón

With the theme “Latino Resistance in Higher Education: A Legacy of Struggle,” the Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE) will hold the 26th Professional and Student Development Conference on Friday, April 20, 2018, at Illinois State University.

Registration is open for the conference. Presenter proposals will be accepted until February 16. Find out more information on the ILACHE website.

The keynote speaker, Estela Mara Bensimón, will present “Equity Mindedness as a Solution to Racial Inequality.” A professor of higher education at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, Bensimón is the director of the Center for Urban Education (CUE), which she founded in 1999.

With a focus on increasing racial equity in higher education outcomes for students of color, Bensimón developed the Equity Scorecard—a process for using inquiry to drive changes in institutional practice and culture. Since its founding, CUE has worked with thousands of college professionals— from presidents to faculty to academic counselors—helping them take steps in their daily work to reverse the impact of the historical and structural disadvantages that prevent many students of color from excelling in higher education.

Bensimón’s critical action research agenda has been supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Teagle Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and The James Irvine Foundation.

The ILACHE conference is sponsored in collaboration with Illinois State University and by pledges from other Illinois higher education institutions and community organizations.