For Immediate Release—Thursday, September 28, 2006


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of its

Xerox Center for Multicultural Teacher Education

GENESEO, N.Y.—The Xerox Center for Multicultural Teacher Education at the State University of New York at Geneseo will celebrate a decade of working for social justice through education with a 10th anniversary celebration Oct. 13-14.

The center—housed in Geneseo's Ella Cline Shear School of Education—strives to promote the academic success of students from all ethnic and cultural communities, especially those who have been historically less well-served by public schools. The center's staff works to ensure that the college's education majors are trained to teach diverse students populations. The center offers weekly seminars, tutoring and mentoring partnerships with the Rochester City School District and scholarships for underrepresented education majors.

On Oct. 13, the center will host a dinner for guests who have been involved with the center throughout the past decade.

The celebration also will include a daylong conference Saturday, Oct. 14 in the MacVittie Union Ballroom. The conference is free and open to the public. Interested participants can register online at For  more information, contact Susan Norman, interim director of the center, at

The conference registration with coffee will be from 8:30-9:15 a.m. Geneseo Provost Katherine Conway-Turner will open the conference with a welcome.

The keynote address will go from 9:20-10:15 a.m. The keynote speaker is Joseph Kincheloe, professor in McGill University's Department of Integrated Studies in Education. Kincheloe is the author of numerous books and articles about pedagogy, cultural studies, education and social justice, racism, class bias and sexism, issues of cognition and cultural context and education reform.

A workshop called Race, Class, Gender, Disability in Education will be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. Panelists include David Hursh, associate professor in the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education; Elaine Cleeton, associate professor of sociology at Geneseo; and student presenters from Geneseo and the UR.

A workshop called Professors and Teachers Leading Change will run from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Panelists include Jane Fowler Morse, professor of education at Geneseo; Sharon Peck, assistant professor of education at Geneseo; and Greg Dimitriadis, associate professor of educational leadership and policy at the University of Buffalo.

The luncheon speaker at 1 p.m. will be Jana Carlisle, chief planning officer for the Rochester City School District and William A. Johnson Jr., former mayor of Rochester and distinguished professor of public policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

The last workshop of the day will be held from 2:15-3:15 p.m. The panel will include partners with the Rochester City School District.

At 3:15 p.m., School of Education Dean Osman Alawiye will make closing remarks.