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April 6, 2009

Cabrillo College Holds 3rd Annual Social Justice Conference

Opening Reception: Friday, May 1 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Watsonville Center
Conference: Saturday, May 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Aptos Campus

Aptos, CA— Cabrillo College’s Annual Social Justice Conference, “Imaging Change/Shaping The Future III,” includes an opening reception on May 1 and an all-day conference on May 2, which will include a special key-note speaker, break-out sessions and a community fair.

Now in its third year, Cabrillo College students, faculty, staff and administrators will present research and creative projects concerning social justice issues while community-based organizations distribute information about their social justice work during the lunchtime community fair. Highlights of this year’s conference include key-note speaker is Brian Copeland, a multitalented comedian, writer, television and talk radio host and commentator, and a “Children’s Faire” which will provide child-centered activities with social justice themes.

Central to the conference is the definition of social justice as a “movement working toward a more just, humane society in which all individuals and groups experience fair treatment and have equitable access to the benefits of society.” How this definition unfolds each year at the conference depends on the larger Cabrillo College community, their work, research, and projects of interest which are presented. Last year’s highly successful conference garnered more than 350 people in attendance and more than 30 panels, papers and creative works were presented.

“In working with this event over the years,” says Adela Najarro, conference coordinator, “I’ve come to learn that often people misunderstand this conference as one where ‘experts’ from the field of social justice are coming to Cabrillo to present—that is not the style of this conference. The conference is a venue where the Cabrillo community can present their work and research on any social justice issue. It is a grass-roots celebration of all that the individual can do to move toward a more equitable society.”

What: Cabrillo’s 3rd Annual Social Justice Conference
When/Where: Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Cabrillo Watsonville Center
Conference: Saturday, May 2, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Aptos Campus
Price: Admission free and open to the public. A complimentary light lunch will be served.
Info: Adela Najarro, 831-479-6405 or

About Cabrillo College

Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.

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