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IUP Hosts Multicultural Education Conference

IUP will host the twelfth annual conference of the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (PA NAME) on March 26–27, 2010.

The conference theme is “A Renewed Multicultural Agenda toward Achieving an Equitable Society.”

The conference is hosted by the College of Education and Educational Technology with support from the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Social Equity and Civic Engagement, the African-American Cultural Center, and the IUP Native American Awareness Council.

Monte Tidwell, associate professor in the Department of Professional Studies in Education, has worked with the statewide board of PA NAME to bring the conference to IUP and is chairing the local planning committee for the conference.

Open to the community, the conference is designed to unite individuals from a variety of disciplines, educational levels, and institutions to provide leadership in national and state discussions on equity, diversity, and multicultural education.

The keynote speaker for the conference is William (“Bill”) Strickland, who will deliver his address during the luncheon on March 27 in the Crimson Event Center.
Strickland’s book, Make the Impossible Possible, was selected for the 2009–2010 Common Freshman Reader. Strickland spoke at IUP in November.

Strickland is the president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and the Bidwell Training Center. He is nationally recognized as a leader who delivers educational and cultural opportunities to students and adults within an organizational culture that fosters innovation, creativity, responsibility, and integrity. Strickland has been honored with numerous prestigious awards, including the MacArthur “Genius” Award.

The conference will feature entertainment provided by Drums of Native Sisters at 4:30 p.m. on March 26 in the Crimson Event Center, the Latin American Student Organization dance group at 5:00 p.m. on March 26 in the Crimson Event Center, and a performance by the Voices of Joy gospel group at 8:30 a.m. on March 27 in Beard Auditorium, Stouffer Hall.

The conference will include a variety of invited presentations on different facets of multicultural education or experiences. Presenters will offer information on how their work, research, program initiatives, and awareness can move toward a more equitable society.

For more information about the conference or to register, visit PA-NAME or contact the Office of Conference Services at 724-357-2227.

Registration is $80 for nonstudents; undergraduate student fee is $10; graduate student fee is $40.

The National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1990. It is committed to a philosophy of inclusion that embraces the basic tenets of democracy and cultural pluralism. Its members believe that multicultural education promotes equity for all regardless of culture, ethnicity, race, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, belief system, or exceptionality. The Pennsylvania chapter of NAME is one of the largest state chapters in the nation.

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