Shades Collective at SPE National Conference

For our very first blog post, we are thrilled to announce that the Shades of Consciousness collective will be hosting a panel discussion at the 2019 Society for Photographic Education (SPE) Annual Conference, in Cleveland, Ohio. The theme for this year’s conference is “The Myths of Photography and the American Dream” with major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation.

Our panel information is as follows:

Speakers: Akea Brionne Brown, Jennifer Ferretti, Elle Perez, and Colette Veasey-Cullors

When March 09, 2019 @ 10:15am
Where Hope Ballroom, Hilton Cleveland Downtown, Cleveland, Ohio

Panel Title: "Educational Reform: Challenging the Ideology of the 'American Dream', Equity, and Inclusion in Institutions and the Work Place" 

Panel Description:
As the student population in American schools becomes increasingly diverse, it is imperative that educators create a climate that considers diversity; in all of its forms. It is crucial that we confront the shortcomings within the traditional ideology of the American dream, by confronting the ways in which it has been largely inaccessible to marginalized groups, especially within the contemporary educational landscape. Creating a space where differences are highly valued, is essential to instilling cultural competency, inclusivity, communal inspiration, and an understanding that diversity is an essential component to the cultivation of our student's education in this global society.

SPE Conference Details:

When March 07-10, 2019
Where Hilton Cleveland Downtown, Cleveland, Ohio

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