WSU Vancouver to host diversity in education talk

The Center for Social and Environmental Justice at WSU-Vancouver will hold its second spring conference, titled “Justice in Education, Educating for Justice,” from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 23.

The keynote lecture, “Diversity and Democracy in American Education: Making Multiculturalism Work,” will be presented by Manning Marable, professor of History, Public Affairs and Political Science and director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, at 4:30 p.m. in Student Services Building room 110. Priority seating will be given to full-day conference attendees.

The author and editor of some 20 books and 200 scholarly articles, Marable is one of the nation’s leading scholars on issues of equity and justice. He is also an activist and among the best known public intellectuals in the country. He is well qualified to speak to both of the conference themes: creating an equitable and just education system and exploring the role of educators, students and academic institutions in promoting social justice.

For both questions, conference attendees will consider teaching research and service activities within formal educational environments and in the broader community. A crosscutting theme will be debates (within and outside of academia) on the legitimacy of social transformation through education.

Panels, roundtables and workshops exploring specific aspects of the conference themes will take place throughout the day. Topics will include equal access to higher education, increasing racial diversity in academia, scientific research in the face of political pressure, student activism in high school and college, healthy foods in the public schools and the social justice implications of mandatory testing of K-12 students.

For more information about the conference and to register, visit the conference Web site at or contact Paul Thiers by e-mail, at, or by phone, at (360) 546-9466.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205. Parking for the event is free.

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