The Missouri Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (MoNAME) conference, held on the UMKC Volker campus October 22, afforded the approximately 75 attendees the opportunity to examine their beliefs and practices and collaborate with colleagues on how best to serve our diverse urban communities. The conference theme, Racial and Cultural Justice: Engaging Multicultural Education for All, speaks to NAME’s goal and commitment toward promoting excellence and equitable education for all students.
Conference presenters included several UMKC School of Education faculty and staff, including Donna Davis, Ph.D.; Dea Marx, Marie McCarther, Ed.D.; Candace Schlein, Ph.D.; Omiunota Ukpokodu, Ph.D.; Leah Panther, Uzziel Pecina, Ph.D.; and Rhianna Thomas. Students Abdul Bakar, Shaunda Fowler and Godlove Tebe also presented.
Justin Perry, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education; Takeisha Brown from Kansas City Public Schools; and Mark T. Bedell, Ph.D., superintendent of the Kansas City Public Schools, also were among the guest speakers. Linda Christensen, Ph.D., director of the Oregon Writing Project in the Graduate School of Education at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., spoke to Teaching for Joy and Justice: Engaging Multicultural Education for All.
NAME is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide opportunities for learning in order to advance multicultural education, equity and social justice; and proactively reframe public debate and impact current and emerging policies in ways that advance social, political, economic and educational equity through advocacy, position papers, policy statements and other strategies. Visit www. nameorg.org for more information.