Keynote Speaker

Jimmy Baca


Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 8:00 AM–10:00 AM

Jimmy Santiago Baca is an award-winning poet/writer of Apache and Chicano descent. While serving five years in prison during his 20s, Baca taught himself to read and write and began composing poetry. He is the author of countless poems and numerous books, including A Place to Stand. During his keynote address during our opening breakfast, Baca will inspire attendees to create a place in their hearts and minds to affirm their importance in their students’ journeys. Additionally, he will offer a pre-conference writing workshop for registered participants and a book signing for all attendees. For more information about Jimmy Santiago Baca, please visit his website.

Endnote Speaker

Alicia Chavez


Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 9:45 AM–12:45 PM

Dr. Alicia F. Chávez is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of New Mexico. Her scholarly interests include identity and leadership in higher education, as well as culture and college teaching and learning. During her endnote address during our closing brunch, Dr. Chávez will facilitate an interactive session that will introduce participants to a model of cultural strengths in learning, teaching, and facilitating. Activities will be facilitated in the session to assist participants to apply introspection to understand how their own cultural values, beliefs, assumptions, and behaviors manifest in ways they design for, interpret, interact with, and engage learners. Participants will discuss and apply a balance of cultural strengths to facilitate learning. Teaching Across Cultural Strengths, a book co-authored by Dr. Chávez, has been selected as our One Book, One Conference reading.