Cultivating Accountable Community and Empowering Solidarity in Language and Literacy Education

The 2021 JoLLE Virtual Winter Conference

This event took place February 6-7.

We have been living through a transformative time, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. As teachers, scholars, and professionals in education, we recognize our responsibility to advocate for positive social changes and to demonstrate a commitment to building a supportive and inclusive educational environment for all members in our community. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial uprising across the world, we are grounding the 2021 JoLLE@UGA Virtual Winter Conference in the emergent themes of community accountability and racial solidarity. We believe movements will happen when we participate in meaningful conversations about race, ethnicity, diversity, and equity. 

At the 2021 JoLLE@UGA Virtual Winter Conference, we invite learners, teachers, researchers, leaders, and policy makers to meet virtually, where we will discuss pathways to dismantle systemic racism and injustice, and learn from each other with openness, respect, empathy, and empowerment. We welcome proposals that connect research to humanizing and decolonizing teaching, learning, and research practices, as well as studies that meaningfully contribute to sociocultural awareness in the landscape of language and literacy education. The 2021 JoLLE@UGA Virtual Winter Conference will serve as a space for presenters and conference attendees to connect, communicate, and collaborate, thus advancing people’s holistic excellence both academically and professionally.

As the world is getting increasingly interconnected, intelligence and inspiration should not be limited to physical space. We look forward to your involvement and engagement in this virtual conference from February 5th- February 7th, 2021. Together, we call for radical changes to end white supremacy, injustice, and inequity in the educational contexts and, more broadly, the social and political world.

We look forward to reading about your work as we review proposals. Hope to see you at our virtual conference!


Keynote Speakers

Dr. K. Wayne Yang

Dr. Yang is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California,  San Diego. His research interests include:

  • Popular culture and social movements;
  • Urban education and critical pedagogy;
  • Coloniality in urban ghettos;
  • Decolonization

Dr. Yang’s work transgresses the line between scholarship and community, as evidenced by his involvement in urban education and community organizing. He was the co-founder of the Avenues Project, a non-profit youth development organization, and also the co-founder of East Oakland Community High School. He also worked in school system reform as part of Oakland Unified School District’s Office of School Reform.

Dr. Yang writes about decolonization and everyday epic organizing, particularly from underneath ghetto colonialism, often with his frequent collaborator, Eve Tuck. Currently, they are convening The Land Relationships Super Collective, editing the book series Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education and editing the journal Critical Ethnic Studies. He is interested in the complex role of cities in global affairs: cities as sites of settler colonialism, as stages for empire, as places of resettlement and gentrification, and as always-already on Indigenous lands.

*Sometimes he writes as la paperson, an avatar that irregularly calls, as in the article, “The postcolonial ghetto: Seeing her shape and his hand” (Berkeley Review of Education).

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz is an award-winning associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the founder and faculty sponsor of the Racial Literacy Roundtables Series and also co-founder of the Teachers College Civic Participation Project. Her areas of expertise include:

  • Racial Literacy Development
  • Culturally Responsive Education
  • Black Girl Literacies
  • Black & Latinx Males

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz’s research focuses on racial literacy in teacher education, Black girl literacies, and Black and Latinx male high school students. A sought-after speaker on issues of race, culturally responsive pedagogy, and diversity, Sealey-Ruiz works with K-12 and higher education school communities to increase their racial literacy knowledge and move toward more equitable school experiences for their Black and Latinx students. Sealey-Ruiz appeared in Spike Lee’s “2 Fists Up: We Gon’ Be Alright”, a documentary about the Black Lives Matter movement and the campus protests at Mizzou.

More information on her research and work on racial literacy and The Archeology of the Self can be found in her website at

Dr. Sealey-Ruiz’s book, Advancing Racial Literacies in Teacher Education, is now available. Click here to purchase.

We will offer many pre-conference events on Feb 1-5. See the flyers below and click here for the pre-conference registration link.

Important Dates

Submissions Deadline: Nov. 14, 2020

Conference Dates: Feb. 5-7. 2021

Conference Registration: Jan. 25, 2021


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