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Diversity Forum to Focus on Race and Culture

Dec. 5 Event Explores Why Race and Culture Still Matter in Higher Education

Nov. 20, 2012

Tyrone Howard

Author and UCLA professor Tyrone Howard visits CSUF Dec. 5 to speak on race and culture in education.


Cal State Fullerton is hosting a diversity forum Dec. 5 focusing on “Why Race and Culture Still Matter in Education.” The free, public forum features keynote speaker Tyrone Howard, a professor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.


Wednesday, Dec. 5
6-8 p.m.                


Titan Student Union, Portola Pavilion
Cal State Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd. Fullerton 92831


6 p.m. opening remarks, Miguel Zavala, CSUF assistant professor of education

6:15 p.m.   CSUF education students will present spoken-word performances — developed in their course on “Diversity in Secondary Schools” — on the topics of race, culture and identity in education. 

6:30 p.m. Keynote Address: Tyrone Howard, widely known for his scholarship on race, culture and education, is also director of UCLA’s Black Male Institute and Center X. He will use new data to discuss why race and culture still matter in the education and social access of historically marginalized groups, such as blacks and Latinos. Howard is the author of “Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap in America’s Classrooms” (Teachers College Press, 2010). A book signing will follow his address, and a limited number of free books will be available for attendees.


Race and race relations are as pertinent today in understanding the schooling of black and Latino youth as they were before Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark case that dismantled segregated schools, explained Zavala, event co-organizer. “Today, we live in re-segregated neighborhoods; seeing things in simple social-class terms obfuscates the very real consequence of race and racism in our society.”
The current fiscal crisis affecting poor and now middle-class communities has forced the question of poverty and educational access in social-class terms, Zavala added. Moreover, “With the re-election of President Barack Obama, many have argued that we have entered a ‘post-racial’ society,” he said.


The event is co-organized by CSUF’s Researchers and Critical Educators, a faculty organization, and the California chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education, with support from the College of Education’s departments of Secondary Education, Elementary and Bilingual Education, Reading and Special Education. Minerva S. Chavez and Nicholas Henning, both assistant professors of secondary education, are also co-organizers of the event.


$2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit. Details are available online.

More Information:

Miguel Zavala, 562-333-5814

Media Contacts:

Miguel Zavala, Secondary Education, 562-333-5814
Debra Cano Ramos, 657-278-4027

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