UW-Madison’s School of Education is hosting the International Network of Education Institutes’ (INEI) Annual International Symposium Nov. 7-9, with keynote speeches from Angela Valenzuela and Roger Ervin.

The theme for the 2016 INEI conference is “Mobility, Displacement and Migration.” This topic will explore how education institutes can better serve the needs of students who have migrated, been displaced or are refugees from their homelands.

Diana Hess
UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess

“The UW-Madison School of Education is very excited to host INEI’s Annual International Symposium and we want to extend a warm welcome to faculty, students and guests from around the world,” says Dean Diana Hess. “We believe that the theme of this year’s symposium, ‘Mobility, Displacement and Migration,’ is relevant for all of our distinguished guests and for educators across the globe. The United Nations estimates that 65 million people worldwide were displaced by war and persecution in 2015. As educators we must embrace thoughtful discourse on the topics of mobility, migration, and displacement in the context of accessible, high-quality education.”

The two keynote speeches will be “A Spark on Dry Grass and the National Movement for Ethnic Studies and Growing Our Own Teachers,” from Valenzuela on Nov. 7 and “Empowering Displaced People — From Relief to Sustainability,” from Ervin on Nov 8.

Valenzuela is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Educational Administration for both the Educational Policy and Planning Program, and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction for the Cultural Studies in Education Program. Valenzuela also serves as the director of the University of Texas Center for Education Policy and as the director of the National Latino Education Research Agenda Project.

Valenzuela authored “Subtractive Schooling: U.S. Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring,” and “Leaving Children Behind: How ‘Texas-style’ Accountability Fails Latino Youth.” As a 2007-08 Fulbright Scholar, Valenzuela conducted research in the areas of immigration, human rights, and binational relations while teaching in the College of Law at the University of Guanajuato.

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Ervin teaches management courses as an adjunct professor at the UW School of Business and at UW-Madison’s Department of Political Science. He is also president and CEO of Blumont, Inc. and International Relief & Development (IRD) and has over 28 years of experience working in government, academia and the private sector. Previously, Ervin worked as senior vice president of the Global Markets at LMI, a non-profit consulting firm specializing in business process management. In the early 1990’s, Ervin served as the U.S. Commercial Envoy to Africa and as a senior diplomat in the U.S. Department of State, Africa Bureau. He has also served on a variety of non-profit boards and as an elected member of the local school board. 

INEI is an international think-tank that represents nine different leading education institutes from all over the world. Its members are the University of Melbourne, University of Sao Paulo, University of Toronto Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Beijing Normal University, the National Institute for Education at Nanyang Technological University, the School of Education at University of Cape Town, the College of Education at Seoul National University, the UCL Institute of Education and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.