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2015 Equity and Social Justice Conference

Meaningful Change: Transforming Communities of Practice

March 7, 2015 at SUNY Buffalo State


The Conference


Meaningful Change: Transforming Communities of Practice, celebrates the fundamental dialectic that interweaves theory and action, critique and transformation, creativity and learning, critical consciousness and transformation. Critical theorists and liberatory pedagogues emphasize the crucial link between theory and action, critique and transformation. They argue that critique without action is inauthentic, dismissing the purposeful link that release learners and educators into creative acts characterized by search and invention, rather than superimposing solutions that were developed for another group of learners in another time. Freire (1985, 1984) for example, maintained that reading and writing alone would not create liberation because understanding of written words must  develop simultaneously shifts from naiveté into critical consciousness. However, he also argued that critical consciousness could never be attained through intellectual effort alone. He espoused a crucial dialectic between coming to know an unjust reality and transforming that reality. Simply unveiling injustice does not guarantee its transformation. Emancipatory pedagogy’s intent, then, is at once practical and theoretical: people understand in order to intervene and by intervening they understand differently.

  • Adult Education in Communities of Practice
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Critical Youth Studies
  • Educational Reform in the 21st Century
  • Urban Education and Community Partnerships
  • "Othering"
  • Wayne Au, University of Washington
  • Lois Weis, University at Buffalo
  • Susan Birden, SUNY Buffalo State
  • Andrea Nikischer, SUNY Buffalo State
  • Brad Porfilio, CSU East Bay
  • Julie Gorlewski, SUNY New Paltz
  • David Gorlewski, SUNY New Paltz
  • Derek Ford, Syracuse University


Key Details

Conference Date

Saturday, March 7, 2015
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Conference Location

Campbell Student Union
SUNY Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14213
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Please park in any SUNY Buffalo State lot. Parking is free of charge and no permit is required. Ticketing has been suspended for the day.


Registration Closed

Conference Hotel

A block of rooms are being held at the Buffalo Marriot Niagara for lodging March 6-8 at a group rate of $118/night.
Make your reservation no later than February 13 to receive this rate within the conference block.
Click here to make an online lodging reservation.

Buffalo Marriot Niagara
1340 Millersport Highway
Amherst NY 14221



SUNY Buffalo State
Adult Education Department
Phone: (716) 878-4303


Adult Education

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Avenue  •  Bacon Hall 122
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-4303 •  Fax: (716) 878-5833