PULLMAN, Wash. — A roundtable of professionals will address the challenges of integrating diversity and multicultural issues in education and counseling in the Inland Northwest at the Fourth Annual Multicultural Regional Roundtable set for July 11 and 12 at Washington State University.

Educators, counselors, students, community leaders and others are invited to register for the conference by June 15. The cost is $20 for students and $60 for others.

This year’s conference will feature social justice activist Tim Wise. Wise has spoken to more than 75,000 people in 42 states defending affirmative action, responding to conservative assaults on the poor and people of color, and advocating the support of racial equality. He founded the Association for White Anti-Racist Education (AWARE) to educate whites about the social and economic costs of institutional racism and to encourage whites to combat racial inequity.

Wise has trained representatives from corporate, labor, government and law enforcement groups on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions and worked with journalists to eliminate racial bias in reporting. Additionally, he has served as a consultant in federal discrimination cases. He is the author of “Little White Lies: The Truth about Affirmative Action and ‘Reverse Discrimination.’”

The conference is sponsored by Washington Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Title II Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant, Yakima Valley Community College, and WSU.

For registration information, contact Ronda McLean at (509) 335-4005 or visit the Web site www.wsu.edu/~nschmidt/wamcd.