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College of Education plays host to conference


May 01, 2007

The 20th annual University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute (UC LMRI) conference will convene in Arizona for the first time in the conference's history, as the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education prepares to co-sponsor and host the event May 3-5 at ASU's Tempe campus.

This year, the conference has attracted prominent national and international scholars to lead thought-provoking sessions focused on critical issues around language, education and immigration, including keynote presentations from Norma González, professor of language, reading and culture at the University of Arizona, and Peter Roos, past co-director of Multicultural Education, Training and Advocacy (META).

González is an anthropologist with a background in sociocultural, linguistics and applied anthropology. Her research interests are in language socialization, language ideologies, bilingualism, borderlands and immigration, and women's narratives. She is the author of “I Am My Language: Discourses of Women and Children in the Borderlands,” and co-editor of “Funds of Knowledge: Theorizing Practices in Households, Communities, and Classrooms.” She is president-elect of the Council of Anthropology and Education.

Roos was co-director of META , a national organization specializing in the educational rights of Hispanics and other linguistic minorities and migrant youth, from its founding in 1982 until June 2006, when he retired. Before that, he was director of educational advocacy at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and senior staff attorney at the Harvard Center on Law and Education. Roos has won two landmark Supreme Court cases, Plyler v. Doe (the right of undocumented students to schooling) and Goss v. Lopez (the right of suspended students to due process hearings).

“Once again, this conference will provide scholars and practitioners concerned with language minority issues a unique opportunity to engage in a timely and relevant dialogue focused on the educational policies and practice having the greatest impact on the student knowledge and academic achievement today,” says Terrence Wiley, professor of educational leadership and policy studies and interim associate dean of the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education.

General registration for the conference is $95, and students with photo identification can register for $35 while space is available.

For more information, visit the conference Web site http://lmri.ucsb.edu/events/07_conf/index.php or contact Amber Johnson, the conference's coordinator, at (480) 965-6502.