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NMSU education distinguished professor to serve as president of NAME

New Mexico State University College of Education Distinguished Achievement Professor H. Prentice Baptiste has been selected to be the next president of the National Association for Multicultural Education.


NMSU College of Education Distinguished Achievement Professor H. Prentice Baptiste sitting at his desk.
New Mexico State University College of Education Distinguished Achievement Professor H. Prentice Baptiste has been selected to be the next president of the National Association for Multicultural Education. (NMSU photo by Julie M. Hughes)

Baptiste will commit six years to the organization, becoming the president-elect during the organization?s 24th international conference in Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 5-9. He will serve as president-elect for two years, as president for two years and as past-president for two years, but this is not a new commitment for Baptiste. He is a founding member of the organization and has been dedicated to the mission of NAME since its inception in 1990.

NAME is a non-profit organization that advances and advocates for equity and social justice through multicultural education. The founders envisioned an organization that would bring together individuals and groups with an interest in multicultural education from all levels of education, different academic disciplines and from diverse educational institutions and occupations. Today there are more than 1,500 members worldwide.

Baptiste said he is particularly proud that the NMSU College of Education is committed to the goals of NAME. In fact, College of Education Dean Michael Morehead is setting up a reception at the conference to honor Baptiste as the new president-elect.

?This college strives for social justice and equity for all social and cultural groups,? Baptiste said.

There were 18 founding members of the organization, which held its first conference in New Orleans in 1991. Baptiste said about 500 people attended the first conference.

?In the late 1980s, some colleagues and I began to believe we needed an extended forum for discussion of the principles of multicultural education,? Baptiste said. ?We were pleased that so many scholars had the same idea.?

Baptiste will spend his first year as president-elect co-chairing the national committee developing the plans to host the 25th anniversary conference. The organization will return to New Orleans for this milestone conference in 2015. They expect between 1,500-2,000 people to attend the conference that will focus on the current state of multicultural education and the social concerns manifested in the 21st century.

?We have tremendous support for our national conferences because many individuals really believe in the goals of the NAME organization,? Baptiste said.

Baptiste also has submitted a book proposal that will pull together a group of scholars and challenge them to address the multicultural education challenges of today ? from testing, to healthcare, to poverty. He said the goal is to issue the book in celebration of NAME?s 25th anniversary.

Baptiste?s research interests include the conceptualization of multicultural education, the process of multiculturalizing educational entities and culturally diversifying science and mathematics instruction. His most recent research interest is centered on the U.S. Presidents and social justice; the role of instructional technology and its effect on scientific literacy among students of color.

Baptiste has authored or edited six books, as well as numerous articles, papers and chapters on multicultural and science education. He works extensively with urban and rural schools and school districts in designing and implementing comprehensive, diverse and multicultural plans. He also has presented papers and conducted workshops in Nigeria, Egypt, Germany, Jamaica, Kenya, Morocco and the Netherlands.