College hosts 20th annual Multicultural Education Conference

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From left to right, top to bottom: Enid Lee, Stan Karp, Christine E. Sleeter and Michael Fowlin.

The School of Education at SUNY New Paltz is one of a number of sponsors hosting the 20th annual Multicultural Education Conference “Celebrating Our Work, Forging New Paths,” on Friday, Nov. 21, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., in the Student Union Building on the New Paltz campus.

This conference will bring together educators, students, parents and community members to gather fresh insights and make connections with others who are working to create equitable schools that enable all young people to achieve.

For the past 20 years the conference has brought leading experts in multicultural and social justice education to campus, and this year is no exception. Nationally-acclaimed educators Enid Lee, Stan Karp and Christine E. Sleeter will speak on the keynote panel, “Social Justice Education: Looking Back and Moving Forward,” addressing pedagogy, research and policy.

In addition to the panel discussion, more than a dozen workshops will be offered that explore how inequities due to race, gender, class, sexual orientation, language, ability and more can be transformed to inspire greater learning and engagement for all. A cultural arts presentation will be performed by actor/psychologist Dr. Michael Fowlin.

The deadline for registration is Friday, Nov.7. For program information contact Professor Nancy Schniedewind at (845) 257-2827 or

For registration information, contact Christine Waldo-Klinger at or call (845) 257-3033. The registration cost is $40 for adults and $8 for students. A continental breakfast and lunch are included in the fee.

About the Multicultural Education Conference 
The Multicultural Education Conference was founded in 1994 by a dynamic group of community and educational organizations that included New Paltz’s School of Education particularly those in the Humanistic/Multicultural Program. Their objective was to address the need for advanced professional development, support and ideas for educators, students and community members that would enable them to make their schools more multicultural and gender-fair.