At a workshop in New York City yesterday, I was complimented in the morning for my In-N-Out Burger activity (which was *actually* created by Robert Kaplinsky) and in the afternoon for my File Cabinet activity (which was *actually* created by Andrew Stadel). This mix-up will come as no surprise to either Andrew or Robert or anyone who has ever seen the three of us presenting at a conference together. This happens all the time.

Also this week I received an email from May-Li Khoe, a researcher at Khan Academy, reflecting on her experience seeing Fawn Nguyen keynoting CMC-North. Both May-Li and Fawn are Asian-American.

I did not expect to be so affected by having Fawn speak during the keynote. Obviously the content of her presentation made an impression on me, but reflecting back later, I realized that I have never seen anyone remotely resembling myself as a keynote speaker, at any conference, ever.

We want all students to see themselves as people who can *do mathematics*, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, or any other variable. The power of mathematical thinking is good for *everybody*, and nobody should feel like their identity excludes them from that power.

The project of extending that access will require a diverse corps of teachers, which will require that a diverse corps of teachers sees teaching as a career full of advancement possibilities. Which means, among other efforts, that we need a more diverse corps of teachers speaking in front of large rooms of teachers.

So if you’re organizing a conference, I’m asking you to consider inviting any of the names below to give a talk before you consider inviting another tall, white dude. I’ll personally vouch for all of their abilities to deliver outstanding talks to large rooms of people. I have included Twitter contact information for each of them, along with websites and sample talks. I’m also happy to connect you with any of them personally. Let me know.

**Maria Anderson**. Applying research to instruction. [Twitter, Web, Sample]**Harold Asturias**. Teaching mathematics & academic language to emerging bilingual students. [Twitter, Sample]**Deborah Ball**. Teacher development; mathematical knowledge for teaching. [Twitter, Web, Sample]**Robert Berry**. Formative assessment; equitable experiences for all math students; #blackkidsdomath. [Twitter, Sample]**Jo Boaler**. Cultivating a growth mindset in mathematics. [Twitter, Web, Sample]**Marilyn Burns**. Helping students make sense of math. [Twitter, Web, Sample]**Ed Campos, Jr**. Technology integration. [Twitter, Web]**Peg Cagle**. Creating engaging mathematical experiences. [Twitter, Sample]**Shelley Carranza**. Technology integration. [Twitter]**Rafranz Davis**. Technology integration; creating equitable experiences for all math students. [Twitter, Web, Sample]**Juli Dixon**. Teaching students with special needs. [Twitter, Web, Sample]**Annie Fetter**. Mathematical thinking and problem solving. [Twitter, Sample]**Kristin Gray**. Creating engaging mathematical experiences. [Twitter, Web, Sample]**Rochelle Gutierrez**. Creating equitable experiences for all math students (and their teachers). [Twitter, Sample]**Shira Helft**. Instructional routines that promote discourse and sensemaking. [Twitter, Sample]**Ilana Horn**. Cultivating a student’s mathematical identity. [Twitter, Web, Sample]**Elham Kazemi**. Understanding a student’s mathematical thinking. [Twitter, Sample]**Jennie Magiera**. Technology integration. [Twitter, Sample]**Danny Martin**. Creating equitable experiences for all math students. [Sample]**David Masunaga**. Mathematical inquiry, particularly in geometry.**Fawn Nguyen**. Mathematical thinking and problem solving. [Twitter, Web, Sample]**Cathy O’Neil**. The powerful and sometimes pernicious effect of algebraic models in the world. [Twitter, Web, Sample]**Carl Oliver**. Integrating social justice and mathematics education. [Twitter, Web]**Megan Schmidt**. Integrating social justice and mathematics education. [Twitter, Web]**Marian Small**. Creating engaging and productive mathematical experiences. [Twitter, Web, Sample]**Joi Spencer**. Integrating social justice and mathematics education. [Twitter, Sample]**Lee Stiff**. Technology integration; creating equitable experiences for all math students. [Sample]**John Staley**. Teaching mathematics for social justice. [Twitter, Sample]**Greg Tang**. Creating engaging and productive mathematical experiences for elementary students. [Twitter, Web, Sample]**Megan Taylor**. Creating engaging and productive mathematical experiences. [Twitter, Sample]**Kaneka Turner**. Cultivating a student’s mathematical identity. [Twitter, Sample]**Sara Vanderwerf**. Creating equitable experiences for all math students. [Twitter, Web]**Jose Vilson**. Creating equitable experiences for all math students. [Twitter, Web, Sample]**Audrey Watters**. Analyzing technological trends and their effect on education and society. [Twitter, Web, Sample]**Anna Weltman**. Integrating creativity, art, and mathematics. [Twitter, Web, Sample]**Talithia Williams**. Statistics; diversity in higher education. [Twitter, Sample]**Jennifer Wilson**. Helping students make sense of mathematics; #slowmath. [Twitter, Web, Sample]**Cathy Yenca**. Technology integration. [Twitter, Web, Sample]**Tracy Zager**. Literally anything – have her read the tax code. (Also once her book comes out, your probability of getting her for your conference decreases asymptotically to zero. Buy now.) [Twitter, Web, Sample]

Add someone deserving or promising in the comments. Attach the same information you see above.

[Photos by Cathy Yenca and Kristin Hartloff.]

**2016 Dec 14**. The commenters have already caught a bunch of my *really* embarrassing omissions. Thanks for picking up my slack, everybody.

**2016 Dec 16**. In response to this critique from TODOS, I’d like to clarify that, yes, this list is incomplete, and my hope was that it would be made more complete in the comments. Additionally, my process in constructing the list is inherently biased towards a) speakers who have already given addresses to large rooms, which likely reflects the institutional biases of organizations who rent large rooms, b) speakers I have already seen, many of whom probably don’t challenge my privilege in ways I’d find uncomfortable, c) speakers who address secondary educators on themes of technology and curriculum design, themes reflective of my own disciplinary interests, d) speakers whom I could remember, which reflects my own lousy memory.

In spite of all those biases, I decided it was better for this list to exist than to not exist. I’m interested in hearing from TODOS (or anybody else) how this project could have done a better job advancing the interests of students and teachers of color.

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I was in graduate school before I had my first Persian teacher (if you exclude my education in Iran). It was an amazing experience, and I did every ounce of work possible in that class.