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About EQUIS 2019

Welcome to the 6th Asian Symposium on Education, Equity and Social Justice (EQUIS 2019) to be held Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, 2019 at the Mitsui Garden Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan. This symposium will be held jointly with the 3rd Asian Symposium on Development (AST4D 2019) and the 3rd International Symposium on Strengthening Peace through Education (ISPED 2019).

EQUIS 2019 is a small, international, peer-reviewed conference with a limited number of oral and poster presentation time slots. We encourage all interested participants to submit presentations as early as possible. Please note that submissions and registration will close when the event has reached its capacity.

Lasr year, EQUIS, was held in August in Fukuoka, Japan. So, for this year, we have decided to hold this event in late March 2019 to coincide with the Hiroshima Cherry Blossom Season. The cherry trees around Hiroshima will be in full bloom between during the final week of March. We hope participants will have an opportunity to enjoy the splendor of the cherry blossoms while visiting the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Hiroshima: Peace Park and the Great Torii Gate of Miyajima (Itsukushima).

About EQUIS 2019

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was established by the United Nations in 1948 to forge a new direction for humanity in which the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all human beings are confirmed and guaranteed. The human rights landscape today, with its ever-changing peaks and valleys, has made some noteworthy advances in promoting greater access to human rights on a global scale; however, they cannot overshadow the existing violations against humanity that are aggravated through the discrimination and marginalization of peoples.

Human rights, which are deeply intertwined with a nation’s social, political, and economic rights, are critical to a nation’s wellbeing and global peace. Unfortunately, the problems facing them today are widespread and complex, challenging customs and prejudices that are deeply ingrained in the social fabric of a society. At the forefront in the battle for equality today are women, indigenous people, and minorities, to name a few. In many parts of the world, their rights and path to self-determination are obstructed by systematic discrimination and inequality, resulting in varying degrees of abuse, violence, inadequate wages, forced labor, suppression of speech, and overall disempowerment. Moreover, their situation is exacerbated by a legal system that opposes them or by their governments’ inability to protect and promote their rights.

With the theme of Crisis and Hope, EQUIS 2019 invites proposals from students, teachers, educational leaders, activists, organizers, and all people concerned with advancing the movement for social justice.

Final proposals of 250 words in English are due by Friday, March 8, 2019. Click on the Link Below to Submit your Proposal Today! 

EQUIS 2019 Submission Application

EQUIS 2019 Streams

  • Civil Rights
  • Children and Youth
  • Culture and Diversity
  • Diaspora, Migration & Identity
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Gender Studies
  • Human Rights Education
  • Interfaith Dialog
  • Peace, Violence and Conflict Resolution
  • Political Rights
  • Religions of the World
  • Urbanization and Urban Development
  • Other Areas (please specify)

Submission Guidelines

Who Should Attend

EQUIS 2019 will focus on the intersections between education and social justice. It will be an ideal event for educators, academics, researchers, students, non-profit and non-governmental professionals, social workers and human rights activists.

Plan Your Attendance

View Hotel and Travel Information

Program Committee

The program committee supports the review and editorial committees, such as assigning submissions to be reviewed, inviting featured speakers, nominating papers for awards, reviewing applications for scholarships, preparing acceptance and invitation letters and other ad hoc tasks. In addition, this committee is responsible for the onsite management of the event.

Takayuki YamadaHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
Takayuki Yamada
Chairperson,
INTESDA, Japan

Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2017 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada was appointed to serve on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
Michael Sasaoka
Program Director, INTESDA,
Japan

Michael oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.

Harry-Carley-73x85Featured Speaker
Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech,
English Department, School of Humanities,
Matsuyama University, Japan

Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, currently lecturer in the English Department of the School of Humanities, at Matsuyama University, Ehime, Japan has acquired an expanded knowledge of the Japanese educational system while instructing English. His almost 30 years of residing in Japan has afforded him the opportunity to become involved with all aspects of English language teaching. He has taught extensively at the kindergarten, primary, junior and senior high levels for 20 years. His current position at the tertiary level has permitted him to incorporate his prior earlier teaching knowledge with the latest technological advancements. His aim has been to offer lessons that offer opportunities for language expansion as well as at the same time as contributing to expanding learner’s active presentation and computer skills. His key research interest concerns understanding language learning as it is constantly evolving along with the latest enhancements in technical knowledge.

Review and Editorial Committee

  • Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, English Department, Matsuyama University, Japan
  • James Harry Morris, Ph.D., School of Humanities, Tsukuba University, Japan
  • Gary Smith, M.Eng., Great Lakes Lights Photography, USA
  • Hui Yueh Hsieh, Ph.D., Visual Communication Design, Ming Chi University of Technology, Taiwan
  • Lucas Kohnke, English Language Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Susan Oguro, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Judith Britt McNeely, Ph.D., Writing/Literature, Collegiate Traveling Faculty, University of Maryland University College, Japan