Every registered person is welcomed to attend any of the keynote sessions listed below. Mental health professionals can receive continuing education (CE) credits sponsored by the UF Counseling & Wellness Center for attending.
Dr. Zulema Valdez, Associate Professor of Sociology
Friday, January 26, 2018 from 9-10am
Advancing Social Justice through an Intersectional Lens (1 CE offered)
Dr. Zulema Valdez will present a talk that considers how an intersectional approach to social justice may provide new opportunities to build bridges between scholars and activists engaged in advancing social justice. By creating a space for participation among individuals and groups from multiple and intersecting dimensions of identity including race, class, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, and the like, she argues that such diverse and inclusive coalitions can thrive, and are also increasingly important in an era in which communities formed around a single-issue or single-identity, while not necessarily in opposition, are nevertheless divided. The promise and pitfalls of intersectional movements with multiple goals and objectives will be discussed, as well as the factors that matter in building robust, intersectional alliances and relationships. As part of learning objectives, participants will be able to: (1) Assess and identify the causes and consequences of social inequality, (2) Describe and explain the theory of intersectionality, and (3) Apply an intersectional framework to the area of social justice and coalition building.
About Dr. Valdez
Zulema Valdez (PhD, UCLA) is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Merced. She is the Author of two books, The New Entrepreneurs: How Race Class and Gender Shape American Enterprise (Stanford University Press, 2011) and Entrepreneurs and the Search for The American Dream (Routledge, 2015). She is the Editor for A Special Issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies on Entrepreneurs (2016) and the Editor of A College-Level Anthology, Beyond Black and White: A reader on Contemporary Rae Relations (Sage, 2016). Professor Valdez has been awarded grants and fellowship from the Ford Foundation, The national Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. Her work has been published widely in Social Science Journals and featured in several Edited Volume. She has presented her research in a variety of public forums and settings, ranging from the chowchilla women’s prison in California to a Congressional briefing at the Nations’ Capital.
Zulema Valdez is an expert in the study of immigrant and minority entrepreneurship, racial and ethnic relations, and Latina/os in the United States.
Current projects focus on Latino/a entrepreneurs; undocumented college students; and the relationship between community gardens, food access and health.