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NMSU to present diversity speaker series

New Mexico State University will begin a new speaker series about diversity on Thursday, Oct. 14. The first speaker will be Christine Sleeter, an emerita professor at California State University Monterey Bay in the College of Professional Studies where she was a co-founder of the department. She is currently a visiting professor at San Francisco State Universty. Her focuses are antiracist multicultural education and multicultural teacher education. She is currently developing a new area of study called critical family history.



New Mexico State University will begin with a new speaker series about diversity on Thursday, Oct. 14. The first speaker will be Christine Sleeter, an emerita professor at California State University Monterey Bay in the College of Professional Studies where she was the co-founder of the department. (Submitted photo)

Sleeter will speak at 1:30 p.m, Oct. 14, at Harman Hall, Room 104. At 6 p.m. she will be part of a panel discussion along with NMSU College of Education faculty in the Corbett Center ballrooms. She will discuss the importance of issues including diversity, equity and democracy in higher education.

The series was coordinated by Pierre Orelus, Festus Addo Yobo and Herman Garcia who plan to continue this series, bringing one speaker in per semester.

"I think it is important for the university to have speakers from different institutions to come in and share their knowledge, their expertise, their wisdom and their vision of the world with faculty, students and staff," Orelus said.

Sleeter has received the American Educational Research Association Social Justice in Education Award, the American Educational Research Association Division K Legacy Award, the California State University Monterey Bay President's Medal and the National Association for Multicultural Education Research Award for her work with diversity. She is currently serving as president-elect of the National Association for Multicultural Education. She has many articles published in books and journals and has spoken in other countries and across the U.S.

"I think she will be a great voice on these issues," Orelus said. He hopes to expand and increase education of diversity among the NMSU campus.

"My hope is that people will be exposed to different ways of looking at things, of analyzing important issues such as diversity, democracy and equity in education and beyond," he said.