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Education conference will celebrate diversity


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As many as 500 educators and students are expected to attend the Multicultural Education Conference, now in its 20th year, on Saturday, May 11, at Sacramento State’s University Union. The theme is “The Richness/Power of Diversity: Leadership, Pedagogy and School Transformation.”

Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner

Conference keynote speaker Professor Caroline Turner.

“Over the years, this event has grown to be a proud College of Education tradition, produced by our own dedicated faculty,” says Vanessa Sheared, dean of the College of Education. “One of our core values is ‘Teaching for Change,’ and this event truly reflects the belief that education can be an agent to transform individuals, families and entire communities.

“The annual conference serves as an important venue where we – academics, practitioners, students and community members – come together to make connections, learn about and from each other, and affirm the efforts to ensure that access to quality public education is maintained for everyone. I look forward to this being another productive and successful event.”

The conference kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with the keynote address by Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner, a professor in Sacramento State’s Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program and author of Diversifying the Faculty: A Guidebook for Search Committees. Breakout sessions related to multicultural education will follow Turner’s address.

The Multicultural Education Conference, which ends at 2 p.m., is free, and parking is free in Parking Structure II, on State University Drive East.

For more information, contact Linda Nowell at, call the College of Education at (916) 278-4298, or go to For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Office of Public Affairs at (916) 278-6156.

– Dixie Reid