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Authors and researchers discuss diversity in their work Nov. 9

By Kareem El Dahab
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

(Nov. 8, 2005)--The UTSA Office of Institutional Diversity, the Academy for Teacher Excellence and the Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) will host a panel discussion, "Authors and Researchers on Diversity," from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Buena Vista Street Building Rooms 1.326 and 1.338 on the UTSA Downtown Campus. The panel discussion is one of many events that are part of UTSA Diversity Month.

The panel discussion will be followed by a reception with more than 20 participating authors and researchers on hand to answer questions and sign their books. UTSA Bookstore staff will have copies of the authors' books available for sale at the reception.

For planning purposes, contact Julieta Gonzales at (210) 458-6170, if you plan to attend the event.

Download the Diversity Month calendar of events (pdf format).

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Discussion participants

Moderator: Edwin Barea-Rodriguez, associate professor of biology

4:30-5:30 p.m. panel:

Betty Merchant, professor of educational leadership and policy studies, dean of College of Education and Human Development
Topics: Diversity and educational reform, collaborative approaches to school leadership and educational decision-making

Ellen Riojas Clark, professor of bicultural-bilingual studies
Topics: Ethnicity, identity, teacher training

Harriett Romo, associate professor of sociology
Topics: Education, Mexican American children and youth

Marcheta Evans, chair and associate professor of counseling, educational psychology, adult and higher education
Topics: Diversity, multiculturalism, African American focus

Encarnacion Garza Jr., assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies
Topics: Migrant and immigrant education, advocacy for social justice

5:30-6:30 p.m. panel:

Manuel Berriozabal, professor of applied mathematics
Topic: Diversity in the science and engineering professions

Kimberly Cuero, assistant professor interdisciplinary learning and teaching
Topics: Identity, bilingual/biliteracy development, bilingual Latino/a students

Sara De Turk, assistant professor of communication
Topics: Cultural diversity, intergroup dialogue, relationship between culture and communication, allies

Lucila Ek, assistant professor of bicultural/bilingual studies
Topics: Educational ethnographies, language, literacy and identity of immigrant Chicano/Latino communities

Jill Fleuriet, assistant professor of anthropology
Topics: Pregnancy and birth cultures of Latinas in South Texas, alternative birth models, medical pluralism in Northern Mexico.

Belinda Flores, chair and associate professor of interdisciplinary learning and teaching
Topics: Teacher preparation, Mexican American population, language-minority children.

Maria E. Franquiz, associate professor of bicultural-bilingual studies
Topics: Latina/o students pre-K to university, migrant population

Norma Guerra, assistant professor of counseling, educational psychology and adult and higher education
Topics: LIBRE model, diverse levels of engagement for change

Roxanne Henkin, associate professor of interdisciplinary learning and teaching
Topics: Critical literacy, literacy and social justice, using literacy to confront bullying

Donald Lien, professor of economics
Topic: Purchasing patterns, wage discrimination involving gays/lesbians, misreporting sexual orientation.

Ashley Love, assistant professor of health and kinesiology
Topics: Health, quality of life, aging, nutrition, obesity, minority populations

Elizabeth Murakami-Ramalho, assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies
Topics: Urban education, international development, leadership engagement

Sara Oswalt, assistant professor of health and kinesiology
Topic: Campus climate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender faculty, staff and students.

Joel Saegert, chair and professor of marketing
Topics: Diversity, population vs. market, diversity in advertising

Patricia Sanchez, assistant professor of bicultural-bilingual studies
Topics: Immigrants and education policy, second-generation Latina youth, transnationalism, multicultural children's literature.

Judith Sobre, professor of art and art history
Topic: San Antonio civic festivals including diez y seis de septiembre and Juneteenth.

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