Award-winning Author Dr. Bettina Love to be Featured Guest for ALAS’ Linking Latina Leaders Event

Virtual event for ALAS will focus on “The Pursuit of Educational Equity for All”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 9, 2021) – Award-winning author Dr. Bettina Love will join the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) for its December networking event, Linking Latina Leaders [L3]. The event takes place from 6:30-8 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, and focuses on the theme “The Pursuit of Educational Equity for All.” To register, visit https://bit.ly/3IzzAPY.

 The event is free for ALAS members and is $25 for non-members. For information about joining ALAS, visit https://www.alasedu.org/membership. The event is facilitated by ALAS L3 members Patricia Trejo, administrative program planner for Hispanic/Latino studies at the School District of Palm Beach County in Florida, and Dr. Patricia Ordónez-Feliciano, principal at West Gate Elementary School in the same district.

“Our Linking Latina Leaders events focus on our female members and leadership development and our December event provides an amazing opportunity to connect and learn from an amazing education advocate and leader,” said ALAS Executive Director Dr. Maria Armstrong. “Dr. Love’s work to reform education to support historically marginalized students is truly inspiring and we are honored to have her as our special guest this month.”

Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and the Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Education at the University of Georgia. Her writing, research, teaching, and educational advocacy work meet at the intersection of education reform, anti-racism, carceral studies, abolition, and Black joy. In 2020, Dr. Love co-founded the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN) to develop and support teachers and parents to fight injustice within their schools and communities. In 2020, she was named a member of the Old 4th Ward Economic Security Task Force with the Atlanta City Council. The goal of the Task Force is to advance dialogue and form tangible solutions for guaranteed income.

Dr. Love is a sought-after public speaker on topics including: abolitionist teaching, anti-racism, hip-hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, hip-hop feminism, art-based education to foster youth civic engagement, and issues of diversity and inclusion. She is also the creator of the Hip Hop civics curriculum.

Dr. Love has received numerous recognitions and accolades for her work and is author of the books We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom, and Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South. Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including Educational Researcher, Urban Education, The Urban Review, and the Journal of LGBT Youth.

ALAS’ Latina Leadership Network is one of several networking programs and events ALAS offers. The organization also hosts a major education conference in the fall, as well as vodcasts discussing issues in education, and other professional development opportunities throughout the year. For more information about ALAS, visit https://www.alasedu.org/.

About the Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents (ALAS)

The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents [ALAS] is committed to providing a perspective to all aspiring school and district administrators including superintendents through programs, services, advocacy and networks rooted in Latino experiences and culture.  ALAS has nearly 8,000 members across 18 state affiliates with several more states soon to be a part of the ALAS Familia. Our Vision, Mission and Goals are to provide leadership at the national level that assures every school in America effectively serves the educational needs of all students with an emphasis on Latino and other historically marginalized youth through continuous professional learning, policy advocacy, and networking to share practices of promise for our students and the communities where we serve.

By the year 2026, Latino children will make up 30 percent of the school-age population. In the nation’s largest states – California, Texas, Florida, and New York- all of whom are ALAS State Affiliates– Latinos already have reached that level. It is of vital interest to invest in the education of every child, and the professional learning of all educators who serve Latino youth.