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Wednesday, February 22, 2023  |  3:00-4:30 PM Central Time

 (4:00-5:30 PM Eastern, 2:00-3:30 PM Mountain, 1:00-2:30 PM Pacific; convert other time zones here)

Registration: Free 




Live captions and sign language interpretation provided. Email for assistance.

Webinar Description:

Superman is an immigrant and he's undocumented?! Wonder Woman is a feminist icon? The X-Men have a coming out process?! Superhero comics date back to the 1930s but the medium has recently been under scrutiny for going "woke". However, comics books have often been on the edge of progressive social movements. Many of their stories are littered with social justice themes that can be tools for teaching. 
This webinar will explore the way that superhero comics have integrated social justice themes into their stories and characters. This workshop is ideal for those looking to understand themes of equity and justice into a format that is fun and relatable. This presentation will touch on such topics such as racism, discrimination, and other forms of injustice but contextualize it through the lens of the superhero medium.



Emanuel Magaña, M.S.Latino/a/x Student Services Coordinator, Multicultural Retention Services, Portland State University, Portland, OR

presenter Emanuel Magaña

Emanuel Magaña was raised in an immigrant household in the small town of Woodburn, Oregon. Emanuel received his Bachelors and Masters from Oregon State University. He is currently a Doctoral student in the Educational Leadership Policy program at Portland State University. Emanuel has spent over ten years advocating for first-generation BIPOC students in Higher Education. His work as the Coordinator for Latino/a/x Student Services was nationally recognized when his program was an Excelencia in Education Finalist in 2021. Emanuel currently serves as the Assistant Director of Multicultural Retention Services at PSU where he helps oversee multiple retention programs and advocates for equity and inclusion at an institutional level. His experiences of growing up in a low-income, single-parent household drove his passion for education and continues to influence his career working with underrepresented communities.  Emanuel currently resides in the Portland Metro area. He's a kid at heart enjoying both the Marvel and Star War/Trek universes. He enjoys playing video games, watching basketball (Go Blazers), and most of all spending time with daughter and family.

Important Details:

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