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It’s a wonderful legacy to have led researchers and educators to think more deeply about how we advance inclusion and equity for all students.

James A. Banks

For the past 50 years, the University of Washington has helped lay the foundations for educators worldwide to think deeply about how to empower all students to become productive citizens.

On April 27, this work and the leadership of James A. Banks, Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies, will be celebrated during the UW Center for Multicultural Education’s 30th annual symposium.

The event, which is open to the public, will feature a keynote address by Linda Darling-Hammond, president and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute; a panel of UW College of Education alumni scholars in multicultural education; and a closing address by Django Paris, James A. & Cherry A. Banks Associate Professor of Multicultural Education at the UW. Those attending are asked to RSVP at centerme@uw.edu.

Banks, known internationally as the “Father of Multicultural Education” and founding director of the Center for Multicultural Education, is proud that he and his colleagues have informed and transformed scholarship and practice, internationally, here in the U.S., and locally.

“We’ve given this work visibility and the organizational structure to spread throughout the world,” Banks said. “It’s a wonderful legacy to have led researchers and educators to think more deeply about how we advance inclusion and equity for all students.”

The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. in the Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall, and include three segments:

  • 9 to 11 a.m. — An opening plenary session featuring a welcome from Constance W. Rice (PhD ‘74), UW Board of Regents, and keynote address by Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University.
  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m — “Passing the Torch to the Next Generation,” featuring Center for Multicultural Education alumni Tyrone Howard (PhD '98), University of California, Los Angeles; Özlem Sensoy (PhD ‘04), Simon Fraser University; Tao Wang (PhD ‘15), East China Normal University; Nicole M. Joseph (PhD '11) , Vanderbilt University; and panel chair Caryn Park (PhD ‘10), Antioch University.
  • 1:30 to 3 p.m. — “Envisioning the Future of Multicultural Education” featuring a closing keynote by Django Paris, incoming director of the Banks Center for Educational Justice at the UW College of Education.

Learn more about the work of the UW Center for Multicultural Education to improve practice related to equity issues, intergroup relations and the achievement of all students, as well as its research projects and recent publications, on the Center’s website.


Dustin Wunderlich, Director of Marketing and Communications
206-543-1035, dwunder@uw.edu