Black Lives Matter at School Conference 2023

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From January 30 - February 3, Woodring College of Education will hold its second annual Black Lives Matter at School Conference. This week of action is part of the National Black Lives Matter at Schools Week of Action and Year of Purpose campaign taking place in cities across the U.S. to promote a set of national demands based in the Black Lives Matter guiding principles that focus on improving the school experience for students of color.

The Black Lives Matter movement is a powerful, non-violent peace movement that systematically examines injustices that exist at the intersections of race, class, and gender; including mass incarceration, poverty, non-affordable housing, income disparity, homophobia, unfair immigration laws, gender inequality, and poor access to healthcare.


Black Lives Matter at Schools Conference 2022 Recap

This year's Keynote Speaker

red square fountain, miller hall and parks hall
Jesse Hagopian smiling in a suit in front of a bookcase

Jesse Hagopian

Jesse Hagopian is a high school teacher in Seattle and has taught for over a decade at Garfield High School–the site of the historic boycott of the MAP test.  Jesse is an editor for the social justice periodical Rethinking Schools, is the co-editor of the books, Black Lives Matter at School,Teaching for Black LivesTeacher Unions and Social Justiceand is the editor of the book, More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing. Jesse serves as the Director of the Black Education Matters Student Activist Award, is an organizer with the Black Lives Matter at School movement, and is founding member of Social Equity Educators (SEE).

Learn More about Jesse

2023 Schedule

2019 WWU Info Fair

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Monday, January 30

Kickoff Luncheon 

VU Multipurpose Room

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 31

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wednesday, February 1

Movie Showing and Discussion featuring Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls

Miller Hall 152

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Thursday, February 2

Keynote Speaker, Jesse Hagopian

Wilson Library Reading Room

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Friday, February 3

Sharing BLM in Schools Resources and Lesson Ideas for K-12 Classrooms

Miller Hall 038

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Friday, February 3

Listening Session with Dr. Jacqueline Hughes

Miller Hall 258

Attend the Conference

Edens Hall in the fall time, surrounded by trees

This conference is free to all students, faculty, staff and community members.


This event is intended for all participants, including those with apparent or non-apparent disabilities.  For disability accommodation(s) (such as ASL interpretation, etc.) please contact Juliet Evans at Advanced notice is appreciated and sometimes necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs. 

13 Guiding Principles

We are committed to collectively, lovingly, and courageously working vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people. As we forge our path, we intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.​

We are committed to practicing empathy; we engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.

We are committed to embodying and practicing justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.

We are committed to acknowledging, respecting, and celebrating difference(s) and commonalities.

We see ourselves as part of the global Black family and we are aware of the different ways we are impacted or privileged as Black folk who exist in different parts of the world.​

We are committed to fostering a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking or, rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual unless s/he or they disclose otherwise.

We are committed to embracing and making space for trans siblings to participate and lead. We are committed to being self-reflexive and doing the work required to dismantle cis-gender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.

We are guided by the fact all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status or location.

We are committed to fostering an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, show up with capacity to lead and learn.

We are committed to making our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We are committed to dismantling the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” that require them to mother in private even as they participate in justice work.

We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, and especially “our” children to the degree that mothers, parents and children are comfortable.

We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. In affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position. To love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a necessary prerequisite for wanting the same for others.​

We are committed to building a Black women affirming space free from sexism, misogyny, and male‐centeredness.


If you have any questions about programming, registration, accessibility, or would like to make a financial contribution to support the conference, please contact Juliet Evans at

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