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Primer Cumbre Anual de Equidad Social

de Comunidades Justas 



Thursday, January 24th, 2019 


jueves, 24 de enero, 2019 

Carrillo Ballroom, Santa Barbara 

Join us to celebrate, learn, and discuss issues of social equity in the Central Coast! 


With an exciting keynote speaker and breakout sessions that will touch on key equity issues that affect our region. 


Learn what we're all about while exploring what it would take to create a truly equitable Central Coast. 


¡Únase a nosotros para celebrar, aprender y discutir temas de equidad social en la Costa Central!


Con un orador principal emocionante y sesiones informativas que tratarán temas clave de equidad que afectan a nuestra región.


Conozca de qué se trata todo esto mientras explora lo que se necesitaría para crear una Costa Central verdaderamente equitativa.


This event is wheelchair accessible. 




The Amy Van Meter Courageous Conversations Award was created to celebrate members of our community who honor the spirit of Amy Van Meter by doing the work of building just and equitable communities and are committed to engaging in courageous conversations.




The Amy Van Meter

Courageous Conversations Award

This year we are honoring:

Dr. Ben Drati

As Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education for the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD), Dr. Ben Drati has been a fearless and consistent advocate for improving outcomes for students by addressing inequities in education and ensuring all students succeed. Charged by Superintendent Dave Cash with operationalizing the District's vision of a culturally proficient District in which all children succeed at the highest levels Dr. Drati has been a role model, change agent, and leader who continuously engages in and leads courageous conversations about the realities of educational opportunity and a believe entire gaps and their solutions. 

Mitzy Pérez

Mitzy has been an active Just Communities youth leader since she first participated in our CommUnity Leadership Institute (CLI) in 2012.Since then Mitzy has participated in our Talking in Class program and while as a student at Dos Pueblos High School has advocated for ways to make her school more equitable for all her peers. She has also taken important roles in staffing Just Communities programs, having been a Youth Ally at CLI, in which Mitzy was critical in creating safe spaces for dialogue, reflection​​, and community building for the students who participated. Mitzy is a visionary student, she does not shy away from speaking her mind while still supportive of others in their journey towards social justice. 

Mayra Pérez

Mayra Pérez said she first listened to her own voice after participating in our program Parent Involvement through Dialogue and Action (PIDA). She learned that she needed to speak up in order to start the necessary conversations within her own family, her community and the schools where her children attended. She is a mother who is always present at the parent events at all her children's schools. She is there advocating for the students as well as sharing information with parents, raising pressing questions to administrators and teachers and supporting other parent's voices. 

For any questions or to become a Just Desserts Sponsor please contact:

Elizabeth Hahn Development and Communications Manager

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