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Monday, October 9 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Seeking Sanctuary? Intersectionality, Critical Race Theory, and Social Justice in Higher Education (45 mins)

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What does it mean to offer or seek the status of a sanctuary school? Common understandings of the word sanctuary suggest a place of refuge or safety. The etymology of the word sanctuary originates from the Latin root sanitarium, translating into a keeper of holy or sacred things. While students are not a thing, despite neoliberal influences, they are precious, and there are few endeavors more sacred than playing a role in the education of students, especially those marginalized in our society. Within higher education, the demographics of an institution’s students often shapes institutional mission, vision, and values; and there are many demographic designations such as HSI, MSI, API, PWI, and so on. Is the Sanctuary Movement another designation, or does it represent an opportunity for institutional transformation? Beyond educating, protecting, and supporting students regardless of their citizenship status, what are the overarching goals of a Sanctuary designation? Moreover, how do we situate the sanctuary designation in relationship to other contemporary social movements such as #BlackLivesMatter and the Women’s Movement and their PussyHat Project? Given that higher education, as a social institution, shares a responsibility in enacting oppression, as well as promoting social justice, are we fit to offer sanctuary? These critical questions invite exploration of the present or possible, social and material manifestations of a sanctuary designation. The tenants of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality provide analytical and heuristics tools for investigating the Sanctuary Movement.

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Issac Carter

Assistant Professor, University of LaVerne
Issac Carter, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and Program Chair for the Social justice Higher Education Program for the LaFetra College of Education, at the University of La Verne. Dr. Carter’s research interests are interdisciplinary and foreground Intersectionality, Critical... Read More →

Monday October 9, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am MDT
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