Keynote Speakers

Stryker Calvez

Michif/Metis Educator, Researcher, and Colleague
Sr. Manager, EDI Strategy and Enablement


Dr. Stryker Calvez is a Metis/Michif researcher, educator, and activist from the Red River territory around Winnipeg. Over the last 20 years he has worked extensively with provincial governments, post-secondary institutions, and community organizations to better understand how to implement and/or improve educational, social, and health and well-being programming for Indigenous peoples, newcomers to Canada, and historically disadvantaged populations. He is often recognized as a strong contributor to these stakeholders who are building better relationships with Indigenous Peoples, supporting diversity and inclusion management, and facilitating effective intergroup relations. Currently, he is the Sr. Manager, EDI Strategy and Enablement at Nutrien. In this position, Stryker is helping to lead and support numerous organizational EDI and Indigenization initiatives, building Indigenous community development projects, and elevating (re)conciliation to the highest priority for the company, its partners, and the communities it serves.

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Kim Gomez

Professor in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA
Faculty partner in UCLA’s Center of Community Schools


Dr. Kim Gomez is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA and a faculty partner in UCLA’s Center of Community Schools. She leverages design-based and impact-focused research methodologies to understand the contribution of literate practices to STEM teaching and learning with the aim of supporting more socially just and equitably focused designed tools and contexts. Dr. Gomez has extensive experience in supporting researcher-practitioner co-design and design team development.

In 2019 she was awarded an 18-month NSF CSforAll funding as a part of the Researcher-Practitioner Partnership (RPP) program. The work introduced an extension of the conjecture map conceptual tool, by adding equity conjectures to the mapping. The equity conjectures supported conceptualization, and co-design of lesson templates curricular units in third-grade teaching and learning coding classes.

Gomez is a Co-PI (with June Ahn) on a three-year W.T. Grant Foundation funded study of the use of research evidence in working within research-practice partnerships. With Ahn, she is attending to anti-racist processes and structural features of research-practice partnerships. From 2011-2019, Dr. Gomez was a Senior Fellow and Lead Facilitator for Literacy and Language at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Dr.Gomez has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Joyce Family Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation, among others. She is the author of over 60 publications, including two books. She has received numerous awards, including the Harold A. and Lois Haytin Faculty Award from UCLA for her collaborative work with practitioners.

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