School of Education will host 24th Multicultural Education Conference, Nov. 16

The School of Education at SUNY New Paltz invites education professionals, parents, students and community members to the 2018 Multicultural Education Conference, which will be held Friday, Nov. 16, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., at the Student Union Building on the New Paltz campus.

The 24th installment of the annual conference will be organized around the theme of “Diverse Voices United for Democratic Schools,” with expert lectures, panels and workshops exploring approaches for creating safe, inclusive educational spaces to serve learners from a variety of backgrounds.

Registration deadline is Nov. 1. Tickets are $45 / $10 for students. To learn more and register, contact Tim Dilger at or call (845) 257-3032.

Inspired by the courage of young people advocating for change, the conference will offer grounding and strategies for collectively confronting racism, misogyny and violence.

Enid Lee, a writer, teacher, educator and consultant in anti-racist and equity-centered education, will deliver the keynote address, “Making Equity Work in Schools: A Pathway to Ensuring Leadership for Justice,” which will examine the power of equity-centered practices in a variety of education contexts.

Sixteen workshops will be offered on a variety of topics relating to the conference theme, including “Creating safe classrooms for LGBTQ+ students,” “Teaching affirmative consent in K-12 schools,” and “Community organizing to advance advocacy for immigrant students and their families.” Workshops will be guided by multicultural education experts from schools, colleges and universities, and advocacy organizations throughout the Hudson Valley.

Also on the conference agenda will be a cultural arts performance, “Justice Rhythms & Melodies,” presented by Urban Lyrics, a spoken word collective at SUNY New Paltz.

This conference provides an excellent professional development opportunity for teachers, administrators and counselors, as attendees will be eligible to receive Continuing Teacher and Leader Education credit hours.

Registration is now open for the 24th annual Multicultural Education Conference at SUNY New Paltz. The cost for general registration is $45, and the cost for students is $10. The deadline to register is Nov. 1, and the conference typically fills well before the deadline.

For registration information, contact Tim Dilger at or (845) 257-3032.

For program information contact Professor Nancy Schniedewind at or (845) 257-2827.

Enid Lee

About the Keynote Speaker
Enid Lee is the author of “Letters to Marcia: A teacher’s guide to anti-racist education” and co-editor of “Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A practical guide to K-12 anti-racist, multicultural education and staff development.” She is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, and in 2008 was named the Pritchy Smith Multicultural Educator of the Year by the National Association of Multicultural Education.

About the School of Education
The nationally-accredited School of Education at SUNY New Paltz carries on a rich tradition of teacher preparation that dates back to the early 19th century New Paltz Normal School. Today, the School offers a suite of modern programs in teaching & learning and in educational studies & leadership, and serves as a resource and professional development hub for teachers throughout the Hudson Valley, NYC Metro area and upstate New York.