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1st Annual Dr. David Allen Frisby III Symposium on Poverty and Education

1st Annual Dr. David Allen Frisby III Symposium on Poverty and Education
Sat, 08/02/2014 - 9:30am to 7:00pm
MLK F.A.M.E. Community Center, 3201 East Republican Street
Seattle, WA


“You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace” – Frank McCourt, 2009.

According to the Children’s Defense Fund, over 16.1 million children live in poverty in the United States, and a disproportionate number of those children are children of color, specifically Latin@ and Black. We know what the research says about the impact of poverty on children in general and specifically related to education. This first annual Dr. David Allen Frisby III Symposium on Poverty and Education will look at the growing social, economic and political gaps and their implications for policy and practice in the field of education (Pre K–12), such as:

  • How do we develop strong connections that build the capacity for opportunities for achievement for our students, for our teachers and future teachers, for our families, and for our communities? 
  • What key elements must be present to ensure equitable access to educational chances that build on what is brought to the educational table?
  • In knowing that poverty has a profound influence within education as a system and a practice, how do we build communities of learners?

Dr. Antonia Darder


Dr. Antonia Darder, internationally recognized Freirian scholar and the Leavey Presidential Chair of Ethics and Moral Leadership at Loyola Marymount University, will be our featured speaker for the conference.

Dr. Frisby's family from the East Coast will be joining us, including his widow and Goddard alumna Joanne Frisby (MA GGP '75), his sister Jeanine Larue, and his grandson, Vaughn Frisby.




Join us in thought-provoking discussions and analysis in addressing the above questions and others as we move to a place where education is an act of liberation. We have space for 40 attendees, so register today!

See below for the Symposium Agenda and Conference Session Strands.

"Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings."  -- Nelson Mandela

Symposium Agenda

9:30am-10:00am       Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00am-10:30am     Honoring a Great Leader: Dr. David Allen Frisby III

10:30am-11:30am     Dialogue with Dr. Antonia Darder

11:30am-12:00pm     Activity on Imagining the World you Want to Bring into Being

12:00pm-1:00pm       Lunch

1:00pm-5:00pm         Strand Sessions (choose one of 5 strands below)

5:15pm-5:45pm        Reporting and Closing

6:00pm-7:00pm        Dinner

7:15pm-9:00pm        Graduating Student Presentations (Note: Conference Participants are invited to stay for the Presentations by Goddard Graduates.)


$130. Includes continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some scholarships are available. We also welcome volunteers (email

Meal Choices

Lunch and Dinner, choice of: Chicken, Fish, Vegan, Halal.


Session 1: The Black Man Decoded:  How the Myths and Misunderstandings Influence Poverty and/in Education

With Khepra Ptah and D. Adilifu Sabur

Description: The Black Man is, arguably, the most misunderstood and feared human being on the planet...but who is "the Black man"? In this Symposium strand, we will use film and other media to examine the socially-constructed image of the "Black man" and its implications in the lives, families, and education of Black men and boys in the United States.  Specifically, we will 1). Explore the historical context of the experience of Black men and boys in the United States; 2). Uncover and critically examine the sources of some of the collectively-held and perpetuated beliefs about Black men and boys, and; 3). Determine steps that we can take to honor and give voice to authentic images and representations of Black men and boys in our day-to-day lives.

Session 2: Conversations of Poverty Environmental Factors and Their Effects on Human Health and Culture Identity

With Elidia Sangermán, Nina Laboy, & Stuart Vásquez

Description: We will outline how our natural resources are linked to poor people and their human health within the context of the way growth of the industry and climate change are affecting communities in poverty. The questions we will explore for this workshop include: Where does our food come from? Who are we? Where do we come from? What did our ancestors do? What is climate change and how does it affect communities in poverty and natural resources?

Session 3: A Critical Dialogue - Poverty, Race, and Education: What does this mean for Education Programs in Institutions of Higher Learning?

With: Theressa Lenear, Sheri Maxwell, Angel Reyes, & Sue Fleming

Description: Education should be, can be, must be a liberatory act through which strong authentic relationships are built, diverse communities are strengthened, and social justice is sought for not just one group but all.  We know that education as a system is a major institution that sustains, retains, and maintains the dominant paradigm where the playing field is not level or equitable especially when the lens of poverty and race are applied. Join us in a critical dialogue with Goddard faculty and current/future teachers and community educators in raising our voices to strategically and intentionally shift this paradigm through exploration, investigation and an analysis of theory and teacher preparation and practice within education degree programs and beyond.

Session 4: Reinventing Our World: A Dialogue on Love, Solidarity, and Transformation

With Dr. Antonia Darder, Noemi Teofilo-Rivera, Alex Bautista, & Sharon Cronin

Description: What will it take to turn this around? Nelson Mandela shared: "Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings."  We agree, and in this session, we will meet Mandela’s challenge as human beings working on overcoming and eradicating poverty through engaging in reinventing our world. Although it is not a requirement, we invite you to read some or all of the following: Culture and Power in the Classroom, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Theater of the Oppressed, and Pedagogy of Love.

Session 5: Title: Jim Crow in the 21st Century

With Tina Baldera, Erin Bree, Carmen Miranda, and Jackie Fischer

Description: This session will be a participatory navigation of local and national organizing efforts that have confronted racist policies that continue to perpetuate poverty and oppression. As a group, we will explore powerful narratives of the Civil Rights Movement and how these struggles are still pertinent today -especially in the landscape of education justice and the reforms being made via NeoLiberal agendas of reform and further segregation and isolation. Participants will walk away empowered, with necessary tools for accountability and action.

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