2024 Cultural Proficiency Conference

Sunday, May 19, 2024 | 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

ACSA Region 16, in partnership with the Museum of Tolerance, invites all CA educators to apply the practice of cultural proficiency in and out of the classroom.

"As we continue our journey towards cultural proficiency, we must understand that love transcends boundaries and embraces diversity. Let's build bridges of understanding and compassion through the universal language of love so that we can Be Love" - Dr. Simone Charles, Cultural Proficiency Director

IN-PERSON at the Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, 90035 (parking is free)

This FREE Conference includes:

Opening Keynote Speaker:

Michel Eselun serves as the chaplain for the psychiatric patients. Michael is also an activist/educator addressing anti-LGBTQ bias and homophobia in the larger community for over 30 years. Michael’s affinity for chaplaincy was born out of his volunteer hospice work in the early days of the AIDS pandemic. Most recently, Michael inducted into the UCLA-Semel Institute Eudaimonia Society, in recognition of having lived a meaning-driven life.


  • Why is family engagement so important? - Dr. Angela Clark-Loque
    Creating school partnerships with families of color in becoming an integral part of students’ educational lives and academic achievements crucial, yet often unattainable. This workshop will share what family engagement is, its historical context of a “strained relationship”, and mandates that seek to create opportunities for intentional inclusiveness.
  • Students to Scholars - Dr. Darin Earley
    Teachers STILL make the difference! This workshop will focus on inspiring learning via the development of student agency and self-efficacy. The session focus is on culturally relevant and student-centered pedagogies. Participants will learn strategies infuse joy and energy into the classroom that engage everyone and improve teaching and learning.
  • Developing Administrators to Promote Tolerance - Dr. Delia Estrada & Dr. Marco Nava
    This session explores the self-reported impact and implications of the 8-hour professional learning experience at the Museum of Tolerance on administrators including principals, assistant principals, and school support administrators and their capacity to better understand bias and create culturally proficient inclusive learning environments.  This session will also cover how the learnings have been incorporated into current practice.

  • Your choice of one guided exhibit experience such as Anne Frank Exhibit, Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves, or The Social Lab. Includes facilitated dialogue.

Closing Keynote Speaker:

  • Imelda L. Nava, Ph. D has been a student, teacher, and parent in Los Angeles’ urban public schools.  She currently serves as a STEM Teacher Educator in UCLA’s Teacher Education Program, where she guides teachers through STEM pedagogy, action research, and teacher identity.  In her education research, she is particularly interested in STEM teachers’ equity dispositions and enactment of critical pedagogy for a humanizing critical purpose. Dr. Imelda L. Nava also currently directs federally funded residency, UCLA STEM+C3, where she and colleagues are developing models of Computational Thinking and Computer Science Principles for equity in pedagogy. Dr. Imelda L. Nava received her Ph.D. from UCLA

What's included?

Meals: Connect with colleagues, old and new, at breakfast and lunch.

*Travel & 1-Night Hotel accommodations: (Sat. May 18, 2024) for out-of-town participants that are 50+ miles from the MOT  Read our FAQ

Complimentary Books: As our gifts to you.

Registration deadline:

If requesting travel assistance: May 6, 2024 

General registration: May 10, 2024

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Opening Keynote Speaker
Workshop: Developing Administrators to Promote Tolerance
Closing Keynote Speaker
Workshop: Developing Administrators to Promote Tolerance
Workshop: Students to Scholars
Workshop: Why is family engagement so important?

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