2016 Human Rights Lecture & BI-Annual CAHRO Conference:  Economic Human Rights and the Dignity of Working People


This year’s event is a collaborative effort, led by the SJSU Human Rights Program and MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center, the California Association of Human Relations Organizations (CAHRO), the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission (SCC HRC), and SCC Office of Human Relations (SCC OHR). Students, educators, activists, public officials, community members and human rights/relations commissioners from across California are invited to the SJSU main campus for two days of talks, workshops, and organizing activities on economic human rights, discrimination, and effective practices for realizing human rights in the workplace and our communities at-large.

Day 1 (Thursday, Oct. 27) features the Annual Human Rights Keynote Lecture by Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) President, MacArthur Fellow, AFL-CIO Executive Council member, and internationally recognized organizer, Baldemar Velásquez. The keynote talk will be held at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) in Morris Dailey Auditorium, and is open to all with a free ticket.

Day 2 (Friday, Oct. 28) features the CAHRO Bi-Annual Human Relations Conference, including workshops, plenary talks, and a Lunch Keynote presentation by the Kirwan Institute’s Robin A. Wright (The Ohio State University), a nationally recognized researcher and expert on how to address implicit bias in the public sector.

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We hope you can join us for what will be an informative and inspiring conference on economic human rights in California!


To attend the Annual Human Rights Keynote Lecture on Day 1 (Oct. 27), please click here and reserve a free ticket to the Day 1 Human Rights Keynote Lecture by Baldemar Velásquez.

To attend the CAHRO Bi-Annual Human Relations Conference on Day 2 (Oct. 28), please click here and reserve an appropriate ticket. Students and Faculty should select the free day pass to all workshops and activities (no meals included). CAHRO members and other guests should purchase appropriate tickets according to their preference, needs, and availability.

Day 1:

The Annual Human Rights Lecture

Presented by the Human Rights Program and MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center at San José State University

Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 – 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Morris Dailey Auditorium, San José State University Main Campus

Admission is open and free to the public. To attend, please click the green “Tickets” button above and reserve a free ticket to the Day 1 Human Rights Keynote Lecture by Baldemar Velásquez.

Keynote Speaker:

Balder Velásquez, President, Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), AFL-CIO Executive Council Member,MacArthur Fellow

Born in 1947, Baldemar grew up in a migrant farmworker family based in the Rio Grande valley of Texas. Every year, his family would migrate to the Midwest and other regions to work in the fields planting, weeding, and harvesting crops like pickles, tomatoes, sugar beets, and berries. They traveled in trucks and old cars, and often lived in barns and converted chicken coops. The family eventually settled in Ohio, and Baldemar worked in the fields seasonally through his high school years to help support the family. In 1969 he became the first member of his family to graduate from college, graduating from Bluffton College with a BA in Sociology.

Incensed by the injustices suffered by his family and other farmworkers, Baldemar founded the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) in 1967. Under his leadership FLOC has set international precedents in labor history, including being the first union to negotiate multi-party collective bargaining agreements, and the first to represent H2A international guest workers under a labor agreement. Baldemar is an internationally recognized leader in the farmworker and immigrants rights movements. His commitment to justice and human dignity have led to recognition by many labor, government, academic, and progressive organizations, including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, a Development of People Award by the Campaign for Human Development of the U.S. Catholic Conference, an Aguila Azteca Award by the Government of México, and several Honorary Doctorates from Bowling Green State University, Bluffton University, and University of Toledo. In 2009, Baldemar was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council.

For more information on Baldemar and the Farm Labor Organizing Committee,


Day 2:

Translating Social Movements into Policy

Presented by California Association of Human Relations Organizations (CAHRO)

Friday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Student Union, San José State University

Admission is free with a valid student or faculty/staff ID. There is no advance sign up for individual workshops. For other conference attendees, note that early bird registration ends Sept. 28, 2016.

This day of activities will include a plenary presentation, a lunch Keynote presentation, and a series of workshops on organizing and advocating for economic justice and economic human rights in the workplace.

Plenary Session: Student Union Ballroom, 10:10 – 11:40 a.m.


Applying Human Rights In Our Communities

This plenary session will examine how a human rights framework can transform policy and practice at the state and local levels. Drs. Armaline and Kinney will present examples and strategies that social justice advocates, policymakers, and public officials can employ toward solving pressing social problems and achieving human rights practice in their communities. Strategies will include the formal paths available for municipalities to become a “human rights city” or a “human rights county” as well as strategies to accompany grassroots social movements in order to address human rights abuses and structural inequalities.


Dr. William Armaline, Ph.D. is the Founding Director of the Human Rights Program and an Associate Professor in the Department of Justice Studies at San José State University. Formally trained in sociology, education, and human rights, Dr. Armaline is an interdisciplinary scholar whose interests, applied work, and scholarly publications address social problems as they relate to political economy, environmental sustainability, critical race theory and anti-racist action, critical pedagogy and transformative education, inequality and youth, mass incarceration, and drug policy reform.

Dr. Edith Kinney, Ph.D., J.D. is an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies and Coordinator of SJSU’s Legal Studies minor. Trained as a lawyer and an interdisciplinary scholar of Law & Society, Dr. Kinney’s academic and applied work explores the gap between law on the books and law in action. Her research interests focus on the roles human rights advocates and social movements play in criminal justice and policy reform efforts around human trafficking, sexual violence, sex offending, and corrections.

Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Student Union Ballroom, 12 p.m.

Hosted by Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations (SCC OHR) and Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission (SCC HRC)

Keynote Speaker:

Robin A. Wright, Research Associate, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Ohio State University

Robin A. Wright is a noted expert on the impact of implicit bias in public service. She is a Research Associate at the Kirwan Institute at Ohio State University. Through her work and lectures she strives to expand our understanding of the ways in which unconscious cognitive forces influence our behavior and contribute to systemic racism and racial inequality. Prior to her work with Kirwan, Robin has worked for non-profit grassroots organizations and policy institutions at all municipal levels for the expansion of opportunity, racial justice and inclusive policy making. Ms. Wright will also lead a conference workshop on this topic.


Robin A. Wright is a passionate social equity advocate committed to the attainment of inclusive policies, equitable community development, and the expansion of opportunity in our society. As a Researcher and Training Facilitator, Robin works to expand our understanding of the ways in which unconscious cognitive forces influence our behavior and contribute to racial disparities in our society. She has facilitated sessions with dozens of institutions across the country including educators, police officials, court personnel, health care providers, social workers, corporate executives and more. Additionally, Robin is the co-author of the most recent editions of the State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review — a comprehensive review detailing the real-world implications of implicit racial bias.

Prior to joining the Kirwan Institute, Robin worked with non-profit grassroots organizations and policy institutes at all municipal levels for the expansion of opportunity, racial justice, and inclusive policy-making. She attained her Master’s in Public Administration from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University as well as a B.A. in Pan-African Studies from Kent State University.


Day 2 Workshops

Friday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Student Union Ballroom and Student Union Meeting Rooms, San José State University


Workshop 1: 9 – 10 a.m.

Translating Youth Movements to Policy

Highlighting and uplifting the role of youth in contemporary social movements, this workshop will consist of a youth-led discussion on social and racial justice campaigns developed for and led by young people. Youth will share their feedback and experience as student organizers and the ways in which they have been able to effect policy.


Deja Slade and Rosie Balberon, Youth Making a Change (YMAC)

Leah LaCroix, SF Youth Commission


Workshop 2: 9 – 10 a.m.

Moving from a Minimum Wage to a Living Wage

In most Californian communities, workers earning the minimum wage cannot reasonably support themselves and their families.  Focusing on the living wage movement, this workshop will highlight successful examples of communities that are moving from a minimum wage toward a higher, living wage standard.  It will also provide tools for participants to pass living wage policies in their own communities.


Dr. Scott Myers-Lipton, Professor of Sociology, San José State University

Caitlyn Sullivan, M.A. Student, San José State University, CAFÉ J

Representatives, Working Partnerships USA


Workshop 3: 1:55 – 2:55 p.m.

Implicit Bias Reduction Tools

Throughout our lives, we are exposed to millions of messages about the world around us – messages that shape our perceptions of people, places, concepts and ideas. As a result, all humans process a range of implicit associations that operate unconsciously outside our awareness and often times in conflict with our explicit beliefs. Using an engaging and participatory structure this session equips attendees with deeper understanding of our unconscious mental processes and the way in which implicit associations impact outcomes across a variety of domains.


Robin A. Wright, Kirwan Institute, OSU


Workshop 4: 3:05 – 4:05 p.m.

Vulnerable Workers and Human Trafficking

This workshop will focus on the plight of restaurant workers as an example of low wage earners and their innovative fight for better wages and working conditions.  The workshop will also discuss efforts to combat sex and human trafficking as they pertain to exploited workers.  We will focus on how attendees, in their roles as human relations commissioners and human rights advocates, can support this work.


Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Restaurant Opportunities Committee United (ROC)

Jessica Stender, Senior Staff Attorney, Equal Rights Advocates

Antonia Lavine, SF Collaborative Against Human Trafficking


Featured Short Film:

A ten minute segment from the upcoming documentary by award winning filmmaker Abby Ginzberg, The Tipping Point will be screened to focus on challenges faced by workers who depend on “tips” and other “off the books” cash exchanges.


Workshop 5: 3:05 – 4:05 p.m.

Transgender Issues in the Workplace



Ban the Box Campaign and Successful Re-entry to Work

Join the San Francisco Human Rights Commission in a conversation with formerly incarcerated students from San Francisco State and San Jose State University. The discussion will focus on the challenges of students and how municipalities have begun to address those challenges.


Jared Walker, San Francisco State University alumni, Project Rebound

Michael Mendoza, San Francisco State University alumni, Project Rebound

Alejandra Martinez, SFSU Student, Project Rebound


Workshop 7: 4:15  – 5:15 p.m.

Innovative Strategies for Reducing Islamophobia

One of the most pressing responsibilities for human relations organizations today is to address widespread Islamophobia in our communities.  This panel will help CAHRO conference attendees to understand Islamophobia, and (more importantly) share innovative ideas, strategies, actions, tools and resources for leaders in government, communities, schools and media to counter the negative messaging and imagery about Muslim communities that have become so prominent in these times. Workshop attendees will also be invited to share their experiences in this area of work.Speakers:


Salam Al  Marayati, Executive Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) USA

Zahra Billoo, Executive Director, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), San Francisco Bay Area

Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director of CAIR Southern California



What are my transport options getting to the event (SJSU Main Campus, 7th Street Garage)?

Directions to Main Campus:

NOTE: Guest parking is also available in the 10th Street Garage. Please see the SJSU Campus Map to locate this garage and other event locations (Student Union and Morris Dailey Auditorium):

From Highway 101 in either direction:

Highway 101 to the Highway 280 north interchange; Highway 280 to Seventh Street exit north, make a right turn; cross San Salvador and turn left into 7th Street Garage.

From Highway 280 in either direction:

Highway 280 to 7th Street exit north (left turn coming from north, right turn coming from south); cross San Salvador and turn left into the 7th Street Garage.

From Highway 680:

Highway 680 south to Highway 280 north; Highway 280 to 7th Street exit north, make a right turn; cross San Salvador and turn left into the 7th Street Garage.

From Highway 880/17 in either direction:

Highway 880/17 to Highway 280 South interchange; Highway 280 south to 7th Street exit north, make a left turn; cross San Salvador and turn left into the 7th Street Garage.

From San Jose Mineta International Airport:

Take Guadalupe Parkway (becomes Highway 87) south to I-280 southbound. Take 7th Street exit north, make a left turn; cross San Salvador and turn left into the 7th Street Garage.

Public Transportation:

Transit buses and the light rail line connect to downtown San Jose and the campus from throughout the county, the airport and the Amtrak/CalTrain San Jose depot. Call 408-924-7433 for specific routes.

What are my parking options?

Guest parking is available in the 7th Street SJSU garage at 7th and San Salvador streets, and in the 10th street garage on 10th and San Fernando Streets. Permits and day passes are also available via parking services (also located at the 7th Street Garage). Additional parking information can be found on the SJSU Parking Services website.

What are my nearby hotel options?

Ramada San Jose Downtown Near Convention Center

455 S. Second Street San Jose, CA 95113 | (408) 298-3500

From $114/night + taxes/fees, cancel by 4pm 10/26/2016 **

Townhouse Motel

475 S Second Street San Jose, CA 95113 | (877) 635-1253

From $125/night + taxes/fees, cancel before 10/26/2016 **

Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown

211 S. First Street San Jose, CA 95113 | (408) 282-8800

Prepaid: from $144/night +taxes/fees, nonrefundable

Flexible: from $170/night +taxes/fees, cancel before 6pm 10/26/2016 **

San Jose Convention Center Marriott

301 S. Market StreetSan Jose, CA 95113 | (408) 280-1300

From $197/night + taxes/fees, cancel before10/26/2016 **

Hilton San Jose

300 Almaden BlvdSan Jose, CA 95110 | (408) 947-4489

From $199/night + taxes/fees, cancel before10/26/2016 **

Fairmont San Jose

170 S. Market StreetSan Jose, CA 95113 | (408) 998-1900

Prepaid: from $200/night + taxes/fees, nonrefundable **

Flexible: from $249/night + taxes/fees, cancel before 4pm 10/26/2016 **

The Westin San Jose

302 S. Market StreetSan Jose, CA 95113 | (408) 295-2000

Prepaid: from $220/night +taxes/fees **

Flexible: from $244/night +taxes/fees, cancel before 6pm 10/26/2016 **

Hyatt Place San Jose

282 Almaden BlvdSan Jose, CA 95113 | (408) 998-0400

Prepaid: from $293/night + taxes/fees **

Flexible: from $309/night + taxes/fees, cancel 24 hours before arrival **

** Approximate rates. Other rates may apply. Rates and cancellation policies are subject to change. Please check hotel website for applicable policies.