The Annual Multicultural Education Conference

22nd Annual Multicultural Education Conference

Warren J. Blumenfeld

Saturday, February 27, 2016
8:30 am - 3 pm
University Union, Sacramento State

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Maishan T. Winn,
Susan J. Cellmer Endowed Chair in English Education and Professor in Language and Literacy in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Presentation Title
Restorative Justice and the Reclamation of Community

Featured Author
Ishmael Reed, Center for Black Literature

About Dr. Winn
Maisha T. Winn is the Susan J. Cellmer Endowed Chair in English Education and Professor in Language and Literacy in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to joining the C&I faculty, Professor Winn was an associate professor in the Division of Educational Studies at Emory University for 8 years. Professor Winn was the 2012 recipient of the AERA Early Career Award and a 2014 recipient of the William T. Grant Distinguished Fellowship. She is the author numerous articles in journals such as Harvard Educational Review; Race, Ethnicity, and Education; Review of Research in Education; International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education; and Research in the Teaching of English. Some of her books include Girl Time: Literacy, Justice, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline (Teachers College Press) and Humanizing Research: Decolonizing qualitative inquiry with youth and communities (co-edited with Django Paris with Sage) as well as other books published under her maiden name (Maisha T. Fisher).

2003 - Ph D, Language, Literacy, and Culture; University of California, Berkeley
1998 - MA, Language, Literacy, and Culture; Stanford University
1995 - Cross-Cultural Language Academic Development, Single Subject-English; California State University, Sacramento
1994 - BA, English, African American Studies; University of California, Davis

Research Interests
Winn's research spans a wide variety of understudied settings including her earlier work on the literate practices extant in bookstores and community organizations in the African American community to her most recent work in settings where adolescent girls are incarcerated. Her work is multidisciplinary in that she examines the cognitive dimensions of the literate practices, the micro-level \interactional processes through which knowledge is constructed in these settings, and the socialization functions that take place through both peer relation and adult-youth relations as they emerge in these various institutions. And the substance of Winn's investigations further illuminate the roles that these institutions play within the larger cultural-historical development of racially diverse and low income communities -- including populations of Dominican, Puerto Rican, Columbian and African American descent.


  • Winn, M. (2013). Toward a Restorative English Education. Research in the Teaching of English. 48(1), 126-135.
  • Paris, D., & Winn, M. (2013). Humanizing Research: Decolonizing qualitative inquiry with youth and communities. Humanizing Research: Decolonizing qualitative inquiry with youth and communities. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage.
  • Winn, M. (2012). The politics of desire and possibility in urban playwriting: (re)reading and (re)writing the script. Pedagogies: An International Journal. 7(4), 317-332.
  • Winn, M., & Johnson, L.P. (2011). Writing instruction in the culturally relevant classroom. Urbana, Illinois: National Council of Teachers of English.
  • Winn, M. (2011). Girl Time: Literacy, Justice, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Girl Time: Literacy, Justice, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline. New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Winn, M., & Behizadeh, N. (2011). The right to be literate: Literacy, Education, and the school-to-prison pipeline. Review of Research in Education. 35, 147-173.
  • Winn, M. (2010). "Betwixt and between": Literacy, liminality, and the "celling" of Black girls. Race, Ethnicity, and Education. 13(4), 425-447.
  • Winn, M. (2008). Black Literate Lives: Historical and contemporary perspectives. New York and London: Routledge.
  • Winn, M. (2007). Writing in rhythm: Spoken word poetry in urban classrooms. New York: Teachers College Press.

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Conference Program

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About the Conference

The College of Education is proud to celebrate the 22nd Annual Multicultural Education Conference. Over the years this annual event has provided an opportunity for Sacramento State faculty, students, and local educators to join in their ongoing efforts to promote educational excellence, social justice and equity in the regions K-12 schools. Past conference themes have highlighted issues affecting California’s historically undeserved students (low income, English learners, and culturally different populations). 

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