Conference Schedule

*this is a tentative schedule that is subject to change as conference details are finalized*

DAY 1 : OCTOBER 14, 2022

10:00 AM PST-11:00 PM PST

Welcome + What is Caste?

This welcome will kickstart the conference and set the stage for the rest of the conference. This workshop will also offer an introduction to caste and caste discrimination, exploring its roots and manifestations. 

11:00 PM PST-12:00 PM PST

Panel: caste in higher education

A panel conversation on how caste exists in academic spaces. This workshop will have student, staff, and faculty leaders from across the nation who will speak to their experiences on caste and the importance of caste protections.

12:00 PM PST-1:00 PM PST

Legality of caste protections

This thorough workshop will provide the tools necessary for university professionals, especially legal councils, to legally justify and argue for the addition of caste as a protected category. Led by legal scholars, this workshop will explore how caste protections go beyond title 9 and provide resources to help navigate the legality of caste protections.

1:00 PM PST-2:00 PM PST

Lunch

2:00 PM PST-3:00 PM PST

Adding Caste as a Protected Category

This panel will feature students, staff, faculty, and administrator leaders from across the nation who have been leading the caste protections work in college and university settings. The panelists will share their experiences with activism and institutionalization of caste protections, as well as how they were successful in having their educational institution recognize caste as a protected category.

3:00 PM PST-4:00 PM PST

Caste and Gender: Building at THE INTERSECTIONS

In this session, attendees will get a chance to learn more about the ways in which gender and caste present themselves as axes of oppression for (indigenous and caste-oppressed) Dalit, Bahujan, Adivasi, and Vimukta women, queer and trans folks. Our panelists will share their experiences and insight on organizing against gender-based violence rooted in caste, engaging in community-led research, and what the process of annihilation of these systems on the path Dalit queer and trans futures can look like.

DAY 2 : OCTOBER 15, 2022

10:00 AM PST-10:45 AM PST

KEYNOTE DISCUSSION

The keynote address will feature a historic discussion between civil rights leaders, Dr. Cornel West and Thenmozhi Soundararajan. 

11:00 AM PST-12:00 PM PST

Caste in Curriculum: Towards a Relevant Education

This session will provide the much necessary insight and examples of work that others have done to begin to remedy the systemic exclusion of Dalit and caste oppressed knowledge production in academia. With a focus on addressing the gaps in curriculum when it comes to caste, we are bringing together panelists who are challenging caste hegemonies in and outside of academia.

12:00 PM PST-1:00 PM PST

Building Union Power: Caste as a Worker's Issue

This panel will feature union organizers who have successfully negotiated caste protections as a part of their collective bargaining agreements. The panelists will speak to how caste is a labor issue and the power they have built to push towards caste equitable policies.

1:00 PM PST-2:00 PM PST

Lunch

2:00 PM PST-3:00 PM PST

Caucus: Student Organizers, Unions, Administrators, FACULTY

This session will allow for a more intimate space for student organizers, union members, and administrators. Each group will have space to brainstorm and build together on how they can implement caste protections on their campuses.

3:00 PM PST-4:00 PM PST

A New Beginning: Towards Caste Equitable Futures

This session will hold space for the final remarks of this inaugural conference.