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Humanistic/Multicultural Education Program Events

      Each academic year, the Humanistic/Multicultural Education Program sponsors or co-sponsors events on campus. Through conferences, workshops and alumni events, the Program addresses a range of critical educational and social issues, and seeks to engage participants in critical dialog that leads to critical awareness and positive, humane and equitable change in organizations and communities. Here is a sampling of past events:

From Crisis To Sustained Dialog: An Interactive Workshop

      In April 2010, Edward Pittman, Associate Dean of College Life at Vassar College and
an alumna of the Humanistic/Multicultural Education Program, lead a workshop that focused on the following question - "How can an institution respond in a meaningful, productive way to patterns of racially offensive speech and incidents of bias?"
     This workshop described the steps taken on a college campus in response to this question, and described the action-oriented forums and discussions that were developed
and implemented in response to a campus crisis around issues of race.
     Participants worked together to identify potential applications of these proactive processes in other institutions and workplaces.

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Program Luncheon for Alumni, Current Students
  & Potential Students

        On November 4, 2010, the faculty of the Humanistic/Multicultural Education Program sponsored a luncheon in the Student Union Building for alumni and current students who work on the SUNY New Paltz campus or are full-time graduate students here. Undergraduate students who are exploring their graduate school options were also welcomed to attend. The event provided a wonderful opportunity for alumni to stay connected to the Program, for current students to meet alums who have experienced the Program and continue to apply their learning in a variety of professional roles on campus,
and for potential students to discover what the Program has to offer them.
        Over the thirty years of its existence, the Humanistic/Multicultural Education Program has supported the professional development of SUNY New Paltz staff who work in a wide range of capacities on campus, including: Residence Life, Students Activities, the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP), Undergraduate Admissions, Student Accounts, International Programs, Academic Advising, and the Career Resource Center.

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16th Annual Multicultural Education Conference

           On November 12, 2010, the SUNY New Paltz campus hosted the 16th annual Multicultural Education Conference. The Humanistic/Multicultural Education Program was one of 35 co-sponsors, which included a wide range of educational and community organizations, and provided leadership for the event planning committee.
           The theme for the 21010 conference was "Partnering in Advancing Student Voice: New Possibilities for Engagement in Learning." The conference brought together more than 250 public school teachers and administrators, high school and college students, college faculty and staff, and community members. The event included:

- A keynote presentation by Dr. Jason Irizarry - "A New Vision for Multicultural Education:Learning With and From Youth"
- Cultural Arts Performances by Nex 2 B Read, Multiflava Club, and the SUNY New Paltz Slam Poetry Team
- Fifteen workshops

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Alumni Researcher Panel

        Each semester that the capstone course, Qualitative Research Methods, is taught, graduates of the Humanistic/Multicultural Education Program are invited to return to share their experiences of the research process with current students. During the Spring 2011 semester, graduates Cortney Moshier, Mary Sherman and Jamie Stroffolino visited this course and offered valuable insights and advice to current students who were preparing to begin their fieldwork.

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