Anti-Bias Plenary

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Empowering Educators and Students To Overcome Bias and Embrace Diversity

  • Dates: Sunday, May 12, and Monday, May 13
  • Times: 9 a.m. to noon
  • Locations:
    • Sunday: Child Development Center
    • Monday: L1 Building and Forum 3

See below for more information about our featured panelists and an updated schedule of activities for each day. 

About the Event

The Anti-Bias Plenary aims to provide a forum for educators in child development and other disciplines to address and combat bias within educational settings.

This event will focus on frameworks and pedagogies that will empower attendees to recognize, challenge and overcome biases, and work to create learning environments that center equity and inclusivity.

Our panel sessions will be led by experts in the field who will presenting on how educators can employ anti-bias strategies in their everyday work.

This event is sponsored by the Child Development and Education Department, Social Sciences and Humanities Division, and the California Apprenticeship Initiative Grant.

Featured Panelists

Javette Johnson

Javette Johnson

Judy Krause

Judith Krause

Natalie Seer

Natalie Seer

About the Speaker

Javette Johnson is a veteran of the United States Army, a public servant and a small business owner. She is also an educator and advocate who assists the US Department of Education with meeting goals through equitable access to small business opportunities.

Johnson's civil service experience extends to federal contracting with the Department of Defense, US Navy and US Marine Corps. Her most important and proudest accomplishment is being a mother four children.

Johnson has a bachelor's degree in Legal Studies and Criminal Justice and a master's degree in Forensic Science from National University of La Jolla California. She also holds master's degrees in Business and Project Management.

About the Speaker

Dr. Judy Krause serves as associate dean and program director for the Doctor of Education in Early Childhood Education program in the School of Human Development and Education at Pacific Oaks College.

Krause has been working with young children and their families since 1978 and began her work with college students in 1989. Her research focuses on developmentally and culturally appropriate pedagogy and she enjoys presenting hands-on, interactive workshops at the national, state, and local level.

In her spare time, Krause takes joy in traveling along the coast with her husband, as well as spending time with her grandchildren.

About the Speaker

An early childhood education expert with over 30 years of experience in community-based children's learning settings, Dr. Seer focuses on social-emotional development and equity.

Born in Houston and raised in Texas, Seer returned to Texas last year to be near loved ones and her favorite rivers – the Guadalupe and the San Marcos. She has served as an early educator, center director, community college instructor in child development, and quality improvement lead, and she has worked with organizations including Head Start, WestEd, Stanford University, and Mission College in California.

Seer holds a B.A.  in Human Biology from Stanford University, and both an M.A. in Leadership in Early Education and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Mills College.

NEW Schedule of Activities

Sunday, May 12: Child Development Center

9-9:30 a.m. Continental breakfast and coffee – CD1-10 (Child Development Center)
9:30-10 a.m. Welcome and introductions – CD1-10 (Child Development Center)
10-11:30 a.m. Plenary panel and discussion – CD1-10 (Child Development Center)

Monday, May 13: L1 Building and Forum 3

9-9:30 a.m. Continental breakfast and coffee – L1 Building (Social Sciences and Humanities Division)
9:30-10 a.m. Welcome and introductions – Forum 3
10-11:30 a.m. Plenary panel and discussions – Forum 3
11:30 a.m. Lunch – L1 Building (Social Sciences and Humanities Division)
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