Keynote Speakers & Presentations

Connie Wun, PhD., Director of Transformative Research: An Institute for Research + Social Transformation.

Connie Wun’s work is a reflection of her lifelong commitment to ending racial and gender-based violence. Her areas of expertise include community-driven research, violence against women and girls of color, school discipline and punishment.

She is the Founder and Director of Transformative Research: An Institute for Research + Social Transformation, which partners and trains community-based organizations in community-driven research. Through the institute, Dr. Wun conducts research on issues of race and gender violence and equity for the purposes of social change. She has also served as a research consultant and trainer for the National Organization of Asian Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV), Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) in New York City, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), Monsoon: Asian Women United in Iowa, PolicyLink, and Networking Project of Iowa. Dr. Wun is also a postdoctoral fellow at Mills College in Oakland, CA.

She has also been the recipient of the National Science Foundation Fellowship, American Association for University Women Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Illinois College of Education Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellowship, and UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender grant.

Connie has been asked to speak to community-based organizations, policy advocates, universities and secondary schools about community-driven research, schools and prisons, violence against women and girls, and community accountability. She has also taught courses at the University of San Francisco, UC Berkeley, and California College of the Arts.

She is a former high school teacher, advocate for sex workers, and anti-sexual assault counselor. Dr. Wun holds a Ph.D. in Education from UC Berkeley. Her work has been published in Critical Sociology, Educational Policy, Educational Theory and Practice, and Race, Ethnicity, and Education. She has also written for the The Feminist Wire and She is currently working on a book manuscript.

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