Intersectional Principles and Practices for Equitable Learning

Diversity Symposium 2021

Presented by Patricia Vigil, Caridad Souza, Silvia Minguzzi, Lisa Morgan

Social Justice Literacy in Colorado Secondary Schools

Intersectional Principles and Practices for Equitable Learning

Our proposed seminar empowers secondary school teachers to examine their pedagogical approaches and classroom dynamics towards developing more equitable teaching practices. We provide a repertoire of conceptual tools and practical application of foundational social justice concepts towards building cultures of care within a variety of educational settings.

Maria L. GabrielKeynote Speaker: MARIA L. GABRIEL

María L. Gabriel, Ph.D., has worked as a PK-12 public educator in Colorado since 1997. Dr. Gabriel completed her Principal Licensure and her Doctorate Degree at CSU in 2011 in the School of Education.

She has devoted her career as an educator to increasing access and opportunity for culturally, linguistically, and racially diverse students through direct student support, culturally sustaining family engagement, community-based educational research, and equity leadership.

She has served on local and national boards focused on gender and racial equity, multicultural education, and inclusive community outreach. Her research interests and local, national, and international presentation topics are related to multicultural education, educational equity, Latinx student achievement, and student's voice.

Her work has been published in journals such as Cuaderno de Investigación en la Educación, Educational Leadership, and the Journal of Latinos and Education. She has published several chapters in books such as Anti-Racist School Leadership: Toward Equity in Education for America’s Students, Latinas Leading Schools, and is a co-editor of the book Losing the Mother Tongue in the USA: Implications for Adult Latinxs in the 21st Century.

Guest Speakers:


Dr. Antonette Aragón, associate professor, is in Colorado State University’s School of Education and is a feminist and race scholar in the Race and Intersectional Studies for Educational Equity (RISE) and Education, Equity and Transformation (EET) Ph.D. Program. Her scholarship centers on social justice, cultural responsiveness, and equitable opportunity particularly with Latinx students. A Latina/Mexicana/Chicana scholar activist, she and her community work for equitable change. Her educational leadership intersects critical praxis such as feminism and LatCrit. Her publications include a co-edited book and top-tiered articles. She is also a former high school teacher; and currently, she collaboratively leads and researches with faculty and high schoolers in a pre-collegiate program called, Caminos.


Atlas Tan (they/them) works as an educator, facilitator, counselor, and a spiritual care provider. Some of their salient identities are queer, transgender, southeast Asian immigrant, and neurodivergent. Atlas has a master of divinity from Naropa University, and has since worked with elders, prisoners, college students, and youth ages 10+ in the United States. Atlas has a goal of making spiritual care more accessible, especially to those with marginalized identities, and those healing from religious trauma. 

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Heather is an Anthropologist, Medition Instructor, Certified Advanced Rolfer, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. She specializes in the treatment of trauma from the Polyvagal Theory perspective and maintains a private practice in Fort Collins, Colorado.



Seminar Coordinator
Dr. Caridad Souza
Director, Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research


Dr. Patricia Vigil
Director of University Partnership and Student Success

Silvia Minguzzi

Silvia Minguzzi
Director of Hatton Gallery & Digital Performing Space, AAH


Lisa Morgan
CSU Dance Faculty


Charlotte Addison, Sheilla Addison