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From Where I Stand: A One-day Workshop for Women Educators of Color

Date: 9:00am - 3:30pm PST March 7 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York 107

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York 107

In this workshop, which is for women educators of color taught by women teachers of color, we will explore themes of inheritance and responsibility from our perspectives as matrilineal stewards using Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherríe Moraga’s inspirational text This Bridge Called My Back. We will read poetry and essays to foster conversations and facilitate our own writing. Throughout the workshop, we will acknowledge and embrace all the women who came before us, as we plan how to sustain and transform the strength of these past experiences into our work as women and as educators.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Connect with other women of color who understand the complexity of navigating diverse roles in diverse settings;
  • Write a narrative exploring our past and present experiences to define our through-line for what we do and why we do it;
  • Develop a lesson plan based on an idea or strategy presented during sessions.
  • The Oregon Writing Project (OWP) is a collaboration program between Lewis & Clark and metropolitan or rural area schools and districts, and offers programs designed to improve the writing of Oregon’s K-12 students and teachers. 

Course Information & Registration

Dates: Saturday, March 7, 2020, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Heather Barcan, Alejandra Nava-Replogle, Mariela Tyler

Noncredit (PDU): $125 by 2/12, $150 after. Includes 6 PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

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For more information, contact Kelly Novahom at 503-768-6155 or

About the Facilitators

Heather Barcan is a Filipino-Pacific Islander from California with roots in Hawaii. She has been teaching for over twenty years and currently teaches at Centennial Park High School in Centennial School District in East County. 

Alejandra Nava migrated to the United States from Mexico at a young age. Today she teaches Social Studies to 7th and 8th graders in Portland Public Schools in both English and Spanish.  

Mariela Tyler is a proud Latina woman from Mexicali, Mexico. She currently teaches 8th grade Language Arts in the Tigard-Tualatin school district. 

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