Expert in Multicultural Education to Speak Oct. 26 and 27

OSWEGO — Dr. Geneva Gay, an internationally known pioneer and scholar in the area of multicultural education and culturally responsive teaching, is scheduled to visit SUNY Oswego and the SUNY Oswego Metro Center Oct. 26 and 27 as part of the college School of Education’s Academic and Cultural Exchange Initiative.

She will give a presentation titled “Addressing Issues Related to Academic Achievement Through Multicultural Education” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in Room 107 of Lanigan Hall on the Oswego campus. Her talk will be open to the community at large.

The next day, Gay will lead a roundtable discussion at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse, focusing on the challenging problem of the achievement gap.

Gay is the author of the bestselling text “Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice,” now in its second edition from Teachers College Press, Columbia University. She is a professor of education and associate of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington in Seattle.

She has participated in international projects with faculty members at SUNY Oswego. She was a member of the Oswego team of faculty members providing teacher-training experiences to educators in the Republic of Benin in 2008, in Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil in 2010 and in the northeastern Brazilian state of Piaui in 1998 and 2011.

SUNY Oswego has eight sections of “Culturally Relevant Teaching,” a course required for teacher training experience for about 165 undergraduate and graduate students this semester. “As Dr. Gay is one of the most respected researchers in the area in multicultural education, we are honored to have her on our campus,” said Dr. Alfred D. Frederick, distinguished service professor of curriculum and instruction at Oswego.

Syracuse community outreach

Her presentation Oct. 27 at the Metro Center will constitute a continuation of the April 29 roundtable discussion that addressed issues related to academic achievement through multicultural education.

Participants in that seminar at the Metro Center included personnel and directors from Say Yes to Education, the Syracuse City School District’s Mentoring Program, educators representing the European American, Latino American, African American, Asian American and Native American communities and student populations.

Representatives of these groups as well as parents and educators in the greater Syracuse community will be invited to the Oct. 27 community outreach activity.

For further information, contact Frederick at 446-4339 or [email protected]