Event Speakers

We are pleased to offer the following break out sessions for our October 7th, 2021 event.  

We have created this program to be deliberately scaffolded.  There is a session for people brand new to social justice education, other sessions for those just dipping their toes into this field, and even some sessions for veterans of this critical work. Regardless of your position on your social justice journey we hope to provide meaningful support to you. 

Including Transgender and Non-binary Topics Across K-12 Curriculum

In brief, the session will begin with framing around the importance of including transgender and non-binary topics across K-12 curriculum; concepts from Merriam Wright Edelman, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and adrienne marie brown, will be included. Then attendees will be walked through examples of different ways to incorporate transgender and non-binary lessons into their curriculum. We will explore examples for STEM, Literature and Composition, The Arts, Social Studies, and Sex Education. There will be opportunities for attendees to practice and workshop curriculum ideas and explore ways to work with colleagues on interdisciplinary projects.


Dre Ceja


is a Chicano, queer, transgender, and non-binary speaker, facilitator, consultant, and trainer. They currently work as the Director of Training & Education at the LGBT Center of Central PA, Continuing Education Instructor at Temple University Harrisburg Campus, and Trainer at Transgender Training Institute. They are also a member of the Pennsylvania Transgender Coalition’s Training & Education committee as well as the PA Commission on LGBTQ+ Affairs’ Legislative and Policy and Youth and Young Adults Committees.

Where the Bad Kids Go? – Changing the stigma of emotional support through full inclusion

The goal of this session is to map out and understand the underlying benefits of full inclusion within an educational setting and how to support a full inclusion vision. The session will utilize use a full inclusive elementary emotional support model within Penn Manor SD as the springboard for discussion. The programming struggles and successes will be discussed with opportunity to brainstorm effective practices within participants own unique programs.


Matt Schuck


A certified special education teacher, and practices full
inclusion within his elementary emotional support classroom. Currently a graduate student at Millersville University, Matt is studying to become a school administrator. Systems change and networking are his passion for implementing full inclusion through social emotional learning at a
broader level.

News, Networkingand Nuggets 

If you have been watching the news lately, you know that Critical Race Theory is the latest idea some people have been challenging and much of the rhetoric is based on misinformation so let’s clear the air. Learn how you can prepare to have those tough conversations with people. If you are looking for more ways to embed social justice into your classroom in the fall, please join us as we network and share a lot of great nuggets (resources) you can use. 


Miriam Marguerita Gomez Witmer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the Color of Teaching Mentoring program and Project Teacher Development, is also co-founder of the Social Justice Collective at Millersville University. Her research interests range from establishing pathways for students of color to get to college, teacher diversity in education and mentoring. Miriam earned her BSE in English and her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at Millersville University and her Ph.D. in Education from Temple University. Miriam currently serves on the board of the International Mentoring Association and as Chair of the Millersville University President’s Commission on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion