Speakers

WHO ARE THE MAJOR SPEAKERS?

Super Session Speakers

8:00-9:15 AM Friday, February 22, 2019: César Moreno Pérez

8:00-9:15 AM Saturday, February 23, 2019: Ari Dolid

Major Speakers at Meal Events

Friday, February 22, 2019

12:30 am-2:30 pm    Friday Luncheon with Ruta Sepetys

6:30 pm-9:00 pm      Friday Night Dinner with Lauren Markham

 

Saturday, February 23, 2019

12:30 am-2:30 pm    Saturday Luncheon with Reyna Grande

6:30 pm-9:00 pm      Saturday Night Banquet with Sarah McBride

 

Sunday, February 24, 2019

10:15 am-noon           Sunday Brunch with Tommy Orange

César Moreno Pérez

Friday Super Session
8:00-9:15 AM

Cesar Moreno Perez currently oversees the American Federation of Teachers’ work on immigration, unaccompanied and refugee children, U.S. child labor, and is an integral part of the team that guides the AFT’s policy and programs for families and educators of English Language Learners (ELLs).

Ari Dolid

Saturday Super Session

Ari Dolid works as an Instructional Coach in the San Leandro Unified School District, focusing on supporting teachers and administrators as they engage in work to develop authentic, personalized and rigorous learning experiences for all students. Previously, he taught English Language Arts for 14 years, and is a co-founder of The Social Justice Academy at San Leandro High School, a small school program dedicated to empowering youth to become agents of change in their communities on personal, cultural and institutional levels.  Ari is also a proud teacher consultant with the Bay Area Writing Project, and is a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education, where he teaches courses on strategic integration of technology in grades K-12. Ari received his BA in Psychology from Columbia University, and his MA in the Teaching of English from Columbia University Teachers College, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Education at California State University, East Bay. And it can not be overstated that he would not have found any of this success without his fantastic partner Anne and his two children, Asher and Isaac, who help him maintain orbit in Oakland, California.  Twitter: @aridolid

Ruta Sepetys

Friday Luncheon

Ruta Sepetys (Rūta Šepetys) (roota last name rhymes with spaghettis) is an internationally acclaimed author of historical fiction published in over fifty countries and thirty-six languages. Sepetys is considered a “crossover” novelist as her books are read by both students and adults worldwide. Her novels, Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy are both New York Times bestsellers and international bestsellers. Her latest novel, Salt to the Sea, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Carnegie Medal in addition to being the winner in the young adult category of the 2018 California Young Reader Medal.

Lauren Markham

Friday Night Dinner

Lauren Markham is the author of The Far Away Brothers, the true story of identical twins who, at the age of seventeen, traded El Salvador’s gang violence for the trials of life as undocumented immigrants in Oakland, California. An accomplished journalist, educator, and advocate for immigrants and refugees, Markham is an authority on international refugee issues and Central American and child migration in the United States.

Reyna Grande

Saturday Luncheon

Reyna Grande is the author of the bestselling memoir, The Distance Between Us, (Atria, 2012). The much-anticipated sequel, A Dream Called Home (Atria), will be released this fall. Her other works include the novels, Across a Hundred Mountains, (Atria, 2006) and Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009) which were published to critical acclaim. Her books have been adopted as the common read selection by schools, colleges and cities across the country. Reyna has received several awards, including an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and a Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. Born in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico, Reyna entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant, and later went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college. She holds a B.A. in creative writing and film & video from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University. Currently, she teaches creative writing at writing conferences, travels across the country and abroad to give presentations about her books, and is at work on a new novel.

Sarah McBride

Saturday Night Banquet

Sarah McBride is the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign and the author of Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality. In 2012, Sarah made national headlines when she came out as transgender while serving as student body president at American University. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Sarah serves on the Board of Directors of Equality Delaware and helped lead the successful effort to add gender identity and expression to her state’s nondiscrimination laws. In 2008, Sarah worked for Governor Jack Markell (D-DE) and, in 2010, for former Attorney General Beau Biden (D-DE). Prior to coming to HRC, Sarah worked at the Center for American Progress and interned at the White House, the first out trans woman to do so.

Sarah became the first openly transgender person to address a major party political convention when she spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Tommy Orange

Sunday Brunch

Tommy Orange is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel There There, a multi- generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, and currently lives in Angel’s Camp, California.