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The 2019 UnConference Theme: How might we ensure our classrooms, colleges, and companies are representative of our communities?

“Move to my left if…”   Dr. Travis Bristol engaged the group in an exercise to reveal patterns in our classroom experiences with respect to the identities of our teachers.

“Move to my left if…”

Dr. Travis Bristol engaged the group in an exercise to reveal patterns in our classroom experiences with respect to the identities of our teachers.

YouthSpeaks artists Jamey Williams (top) and Gaco Gucamatz (bottom) kicked off the event with powerful performances.

YouthSpeaks artists Jamey Williams (top) and Gaco Gucamatz (bottom) kicked off the event with powerful performances.

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We commit to…

“...identifying more mathematicians of color and acknowledging diverse fundings of knowledge.”

”...noticing and disrupting the ways in which I perpetuate white supremacy as a leader of color.”

”...holding other white people accountable to joining me on an exploration of white supremacy culture, its consequences, and steps to dismantle it.”

”...vote for politicians who support increasing teacher salary, allowing people from all backgrounds to pursue this career.”

”...call out wrongful/biased hiring processes when I see them in action.”

”...hiring creative talent from my community.”

”...continue to educate myself about my power and the uses of it, as well as the people around me.”
— Sampling of 2019 UnConference Participant Pledges

Thank you to all the amazing folks who came out on a thursday evening for this critical work. We look forward to the 6th Annual Trellis UnConference in spring 2020!


The 4th Annual UnConference was an inspirational evening focused on stories of humanization and dehumanization in STEM teaching, learning, and innovation as springboards for activism and change.

Local high school students and alumna Tara Lamb, Brandon Rosas-Flores, and Aron Corona spoke with Trellis Mentor Fellow Charlotte Lum-Ku about their experiences learning and pursuing STEM in high school and beyond.

Local high school students and alumna Tara Lamb, Brandon Rosas-Flores, and Aron Corona spoke with Trellis Mentor Fellow Charlotte Lum-Ku about their experiences learning and pursuing STEM in high school and beyond.

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We act ourselves into new ways of thinking, not the reverse.
— Dr. Rochelle Gutierrez
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Previous UnConferences...

The 3rd Annual Trellis UnConference focused on igniting a spark for all students in stem...and keeping it lit.

What was pledged? What do you pledge?

Here are a few from our night together...

"I pledge to come up with STEM activities, talks and movies for black parents, students, community."

"I pledge to go back into the classroom."

"I pledge to pressure my union and city officials to find significant funds to assist teachers with housing costs."

"I pledge to support teachers as they enact their vision of social justice in their classrooms."

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