RICHLAND – Building and strengthening reciprocal teaching relationships with Native American students will be the topic of a 7 p.m. lecture this Thursday (Feb. 28) at WSU Tri-Cities.

The speaker, Michael Pavel, an associate professor in the WSU Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology in Pullman, is also a Traditional Bearer of Southern Puget Salish traditional culture, focused on learning the language, traditions, rituals, history, and ceremonial way of life among the Twana and other Pacific Northwest Salish peoples.

The WSU Tri-Cities College of Education spring lecture will be in the East Building Auditorium, 2710 University Drive, Richland. Admission is free and open to the public. It will preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a networking reception in the East Building Commons for College of Education alumni.

The topic is especially pertinent to educators throughout the region who have Native American students.
Pavel came to WSU in 1994 from the University of California, Los Angeles where he was as an assistant professor. He was named last month as the inaugural recipient of WSU’s Diversity Faculty Award., created by the Office of the Provost in cooperation with the Division of Student Affairs, Equity and Diversity to formally recognize WSU faculty members who advance diversity through their teaching, research, and community service.