Previous Keynote Speakers
J.Q. Adams is professor emeritus at Western Illinois University (WIU). He earned a B.Ph. in 1975 from Grand Valley State University, a M.A. from Indiana University in 1977, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Illinois in 1989. Adams is a five-time recipient of the WIU's "Faculty Excellence Award." In 2008 he received Grand Valley State University College of Education's Alumni Leadership Award. In 2009 he was recognized as the National Association of Multicultural Educators, G. Pritchy Smith's Multicultural Educator of the Year Award, and in 2011 he was selected as WIU's Distinguished Faculty Lecturer.
Patrick "Cam" Camangian is an associate professor and department chair of Teacher Education at the University of San Francisco. He earned his Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Los Angeles. Patrick’s interdisciplinary research on humanizing education intersects critical pedagogy, critical literacy, and health science research. Camangian pursues these areas of critical qualitative research to improve teacher quality, capacity and retention, as well as to inform policies and practices impacting urban schools and communities. The focus of his presentation will juxtapose research in the health sciences with critical pedagogy to inform a new paradigm for thinking about pedagogy, complex traumas and urban education.
Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni
Award-winning playwright, actor, producer and educator, Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni is currently touring her one-woman show: One Drop of Love. Fanshen is also Head of Strategic Outreach at Pearl Street Films. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa, and holds a B.A. in Spanish and Education, an M.A. in TESOL, and an M.F.A. in Acting and Performance. She serves on the boards of Mixed Roots Stories, The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and Project Greenlight Digital Studios.
Sister Donna Liette
Sister Donna is a sister of the Precious Blood of Dayton Ohio. Presently she ministers at Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation in Southside Chicago as a restorative justice practitioner. She holds an M.S. in education administration from New York University and an M.A. in pastoral counselling from Loyola University, Chicago. She served 14 years in Ohio as executive director of Mercy Manor, a transitional home for women released from Ohio prisons or drug treatment facilities. Her present work includes visiting youth in Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, training teams in restorative justice practices such as peace circles.
Joao is an assistant professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Governors State University (GSU) in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his Ph.D. from the School of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University. He has supported student’s initiatives to implement restorative justice in the south suburbs of Chicago to address community needs. Joao has also been a consultant to the Canadian Foreign Ministry in the area of restorative justice since 2010. He has worked with the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund to introduce restorative justice to the country of Guinea Bissau, in Africa, and worked as a consultant to the Brazilian National Justice Council and Supreme Courts of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Santa Catarina, Minas Gerais and Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.
David Stovall is professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His scholarship investigates critical race theory, social justice education, housing and education, and the relationship between schools and community stakeholders. He has spent the last ten years working with community organizations and schools to develop curriculum that address issues of social justice.