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11:30 - 12:00 PM Central Time, Friday October 15th

El Dr. Luis Antonio Báez (Tony) ha estado trabajando con las comunidades de Wisconsin durante varias décadas, con una carrera académica histórica y una participación continua en política transformadora, desde sus días con el partido independentista puertorriqueño y su trabajo posterior con los Young Lords hasta con cargos electos y activismo comunitario para la equidad en la educación bilingüe. Como intérprete, Tony escoge música de la diáspora de latinoamérica, enfocándose en el contexto y el impacto social de las canciones.

En esta presentación, Tony va a compartir su experiencia en lograr una mayor participación en las artes e ideas sobre lo que significaría para el futuro.

Short presentation followed by live Q&A. This is one of 10 sessions at the conference. You do not need a separate ticket to join this session.

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Dr. Luis “Tony” Báez has a Ph.D. in Urban Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Dr. Báez is former Vice-President of the Board of the Milwaukee Public Schools; a former member of the Executive Committee of the Wisconsin Association of School Board Members; a former board member of Wisconsin Kids Forward (which produces the state report on the condition of children); and, former Chair of the National Latino Educational Research and Policy (NLERAP).

Among other things, he was also the former Executive Director of Centro Hispano Milwaukee; a former Provost and Chief Academic Officer of the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), where he also served as Assistant to the President, Director of Research, Planning and Development, Associate Dean of Pre-College and Adult Education Programs, and Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

He was Provost at the bilingual Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College in Bronx, City University of New York; and Coordinator of the National Origin Desegregation Assistance Center at the University Milwaukee-Wisconsin.

He has traveled and spoken extensively on educational and civil rights issues in this country and countries outside of the United States. He plays the guitar, sings and performs Latino poetry, folklore and songs of social justice.

He appears regularly in podcasts, radio and TV programs, and was founder of a Spanish TV program: Adelante! which was 2013 winner of an Emmy Award on social issues.

He is also the recipient of many awards for racial and social justice including the Martin Luther King Heritage Award for Social Justice.

In his name, the Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education annually awards “Tony Báez Leadership and Advocacy Award.”

In 2020, he was the recipient of the prestigious international OHTLI Award given by Mexico to an advocate for the civil and educational rights of Latinos in the U.S.

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