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Conference Theme

The 2023 CRSEA Conference theme is Sankofa, which is a Ghanaian principle that means “to go back and get it.” It translates to san – to return, ko – to go, fa – to get/seek and represents the importance of learning from the past to improve the future. It was chosen as this year’s theme to encourage us to approach our use of Critical Race Theory in a similar way – to return to the roots of CRT in order to improve the present and future. The banning of CRT and conversations about racial inequities in educational spaces reaffirms the imminent necessity of our work. It also highlights the importance of speaking truth to power, which we do by focusing on what CRT is, instead of what it is not. This is achieved by using the principles set forth by the founders of CRT to ground our analyses of systemic racism and other systems of oppression that still negatively impact marginalized communities both domestically and abroad.

Registration Info

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Hotel Info
For ADA rooms, please specify in notes section of reservation

Virgin Hotel

203 N. Wabash Avenue

Chicago, IL 60601

(312) 940-4400

- Approximately one minute walk to Harold Washington College

Hampton Inn

68 E. Wacker Place

Chicago, IL 60601

(312) 419-9014

- Approximately three-minute walk to Harold Washington College *Amenities include complimentary hot breakfast for hotel guests*

Arlo Chicago

168 N. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60601

(312) 346-1200

- Approximately  three-minute walk to Harold Washington College

Transportation Info

1) How do I get to Harold Washington if I am not staying in a CRSEA hotel?

Public transit: Several transit routes run adjacent to the college, including the CTA Blue Line, Red Line, Brown Line, Green Line, Orange Line, Pink Line, and Purple Line, as well as the CTA bus #2, 10, 29, 124, 146, 148.

Bike: Bike racks are available at the entrance of the college on Lake Street and on Wabash Ave.

Car: Cars access the college from Lake Street. There is no parking onsite; however, Harold Washington can provide discounted parking with several parking garages.  


2) How do I get to the conference hotels from the airport?

We recommend carpooling using Lyft or Uber when arriving at Midway or O’Hare airports. 

- If you arrive at Midway Airport, you can take the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Orange Line (Loop) train at the Midway stop. State/Lake is where you should depart the train for all three conference hotels. They are within walking distance (approximately 3-5 minutes). Total transit time from Midway to the State/Lake stop is approximately 45 minutes.

- If you arrive at O’Hare, you can take the CTA Blue Line (LaSalle) to the Washington stop.   


Please note that this is for informational purposes only. There may be route changes due to construction, traffic, events, etc. Visit for the most up-to-date information. 

Harold Washington College is located within a 1-3 minute walk from the conference hotels and the State/Lake CTA stop. **State/Lake does not have an elevator. The nearest stop that has an elevator is Clark/Lake, which is approximately a 3-5 minute walk to the conference hotels. Please check for the most up-to-date information regarding routes and services available/not available.

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