Kerry Kennedy to speak at West campus

April 11, 2010

Kerry Kennedy, a noted international human rights activist and writer, will appear at Arizona State University’s West campus on April 15 to address “Human Rights Defenders Changing Our World.”

The event will be hosted in La Sala B/C in the University Center Building (UCB) at 6 p.m. Download Full Image

Kennedy, daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy and founder of the RFK Center for Human Rights, has been involved in human rights issues since 1981 when she investigated abuses committed by U.S. immigration officials against refugees from El Salvador. She is the author of “Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World,” a collection of interviews with such newsmakers as Nobel Prize laureates the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Elie Weisel, Oscar Arias Sánchez, Rigoberta Menhcú Tum, José Ramos-Horta and Bobby Muller, as well as internationally celebrated activists such as Vaclav Havel, Baltasar Garzón, Helen Prejean and Marian Wright Edelman. 

The book spawned the creation of Speak Truth, a global education initiative to fight for international human rights; a play by Chilean poet and Broadway playwright Ariel Dorfman that has been produced in nine countries and five languages; a photographic exhibition by Pulitzer Prize-winner Eddie Adams; and federal legislation that increased federal funding for the protection of human rights.

“This event is important because it spreads awareness about critical human rights issues, and the message is delivered by a renowned leader who has worked on diverse human rights issues and led human rights delegations across the globe,” said Noelle Beydoun, a junior majoring in political science in ASU’s" target="_blank">New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. “Human rights is a universal cause that each and every person should aspire to advance.”

A graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School, Kennedy established the RFK Center for Human Rights in 1987 to ensure the protection of rights codified under the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. She has served as its executive director and is on the board of directors of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, a nonprofit organization that addresses social justice issues.

“It is an honor to have Kerry Kennedy visit the West campus to talk about human rights,” said Beydoun, who hopes to pursue a master’s degree in international relations or public policy following her graduation in December. “This is an opportunity to learn about human rights from an outstanding speaker and to learn how you can become a human rights defender on campus and in the community.

“This is an event that will inspire activism in students, faculty, staff and community members in their daily lives, so that we can continue the pursuit of social justice and human rights.”

An informal Q & A period and meet-and-greet with Kennedy will follow her presentation. Kennedy will also sign copies of her book, which will be available for purchase.

The event is hosted by the Social Justice and Human Rights Graduate Student Association at the West campus, Global Politics Students, Amnesty International, Community Outreach and Advocacy for Refugees, and the Arizona Anti-Slavery Coalition.

For information or to RSVP, e-mail gps.asu">">

ASU’s West campus is located at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix.

Steve Des Georges

ASU prepares to host newly elected tribal leaders

April 7, 2010

The Arizona State University Office of Public Affairs is preparing to host elected tribal leaders in a two-day orientation program to discuss the wide-ranging roles and responsibilities that come with governing a tribal government in the current times and circumstances.

This year’s American Indian Newly Elected Officials Orientation Program is entitled, “Stewards in Leadership: Timeless Traditions in a Digital World.” It will be held on April 15-16, at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. Download Full Image

“The ASU program was created to fully explore the broad range of responsibilities and duties that are placed on our elected leaders,” says Jacob Moore, ASU Office of Public Affairs tribal relations coordinator. “Over the past five years, many of today’s most influential tribal leaders in Arizona have participated in the AINEO program.”

This year’s keynote speaker is Cristina Danforth, who is currently the Chair of the Native American Bancorporation and serves on the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Tourism.  She is the Tribal Treasurer for the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin. Danforth will discuss what economic sustainability means for Indian Country. 

The forum provides experience-based lessons designed for all elected and appointed tribal leaders and key tribal government staff and is open to tribal leadership from throughout the country.  The American Indian Newly Elected Officials (AINEO) was established in 2005.

The AINEO program was developed by Ivan Makil, former President of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community who recognized the need for a program tailored specifically to the unique leadership challenges of tribal governments.

The AINEO program brings together outstanding respected leaders who share their experience, stories and wisdom with new generations of leaders. Participants will discuss strategies that can enrich their own lives and the lives of their people and communities. The program includes sessions on the history of federal Indian policy, ethics, intergovernmental relations, legislation, and economic stability in challenging times.

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Scholar to present lecture on race relations

April 5, 2010

Kimberlé Crenshaw, co-founder of the African American Policy Forum and a leading authority in the areas of civil rights and the politics of race, brings her perspective to Arizona State University April 8 for the 15th anniversary A">">A. Wade Smith Memorial Lecture on Race Relations. “Educating All Our Children: A Constitutional Perspective” is the topic of her talk, to begin at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ventana Ballroom on ASU’s Tempe campus.

Crenshaw, a professor of law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, has facilitated workshops for human rights activists in Brazil and India and for constitutional court judges in South Africa. Her work on “intersectionality” was influential in drafting the equality clause in the South Africa Constitution. Download Full Image

She has worked extensively on issues relating to gender and race such as violence against women, racial inequality and affirmative action. She served on the National Science Foundation’s committee to research violence against women and has worked with various organizations to help advance their race and gender equity initiatives. Her articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Stanford Law Review and Southern California Law Review.

The African American Policy Forum, which she co-founded in 1996, conducts a variety of projects designed to advance social inclusion. Among these are the Affirmative Action Research and Policy Consortium and the Multiracial Literacy and Leadership Initiative. She is also a founding member of the Women’s Media Initiative; writes for Ms. magazine and The Nation; and is a regular commentator on the Tavis Smiley Show and MSNBC.

Crenshaw also is the founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Workshop and co-editor of the volume “Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement.”

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell, a Juris Doctor from Harvard and a Master of Laws from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

The A. Wade Smith Memorial Lecture on Race Relations, presented by ASU’s College">">College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is held to celebrate and honor the work Smith accomplished during his lifetime. A former professor and chair of sociology at ASU, Smith spent much of his life in pursuit of the advancement of race relations on campus and within his community. The lecture was established after his death in 1994 through funding from his family and friends in their hopes to continue Smith’s work of improving race relations in Arizona.

“By inviting the university and larger community to reflect on, and talk about, race relations with a prominent scholar or leader working in the area, and what we as individuals can do to advance these relationships, I think we are expanding everyone’s understanding of the problems and possible solutions,” said Elsie Moore, Smith’s widow and a professor in ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education.

The past 14 lectures have been given by prominent individuals in public service or at universities. The inaugural lecture was with Princeton University’s Cornel West, speaking on “Race Matters.” Other distinguished lecturers were: William Julius Wilson, Morris Dees, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Roger Wilkins, Michael Eric Dyson, Mary Frances Berry, Johnnetta Cole, Ray Suarez, Christopher Edley Jr., Robin Kelley, Darlene Clark Hine, Leonard Pitts Jr. and Julianne Malveaux.

Also to be presented at this year’s lecture is the A. Wade Smith Community Award for the Advancement of Race Relations. This award is presented annually to a caring and courageous person in the community who best represents what it means to be a leader in the struggle for the advancement of race relations.

This year’s award recipient is Gene Blue, president and CEO of the Arizona Opportunities Industrialization Center, a nonprofit, community-based organization designed to address the critical employability needs of Phoenix’s economically disadvantaged and ethnic minority citizens.

Past recipients of the award include David Hemphill, Doris Marshall, Raner Collins, Betty Fairfax, Jean Fairfax and Elsie Moore.

The A. Wade Smith Memorial Lecture on Race Relations is free and open to the public, though seating is limited and reservations are requested to be made online at

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Latino scholarship targets first-generation collegians

April 4, 2010

José Ramirez, a third-year student in the W. P. Carey School of Business at" target="_blank">ASU's West campus, can tell you about the value of the іAdelante! U.S. Leadership Fund to Latino students. The fund’s scholarship season is underway now and runs through an application deadline date of May 28.

“An іAdelante! scholarship is an opportunity that keeps on giving, and the experience is nothing short of great,” said Ramirez, who should know – he earned one of the scholarships last year and, as a result, attended the 2009 іAdelante! Leadership Institute in San Antonio, Texas. “What comes with the scholarship is the financial aid, the Leadership Institute, and the networking experience that is priceless.”

Since its inception in 1997, іAdelante! has provided more than $1 million in scholarship awards to Latino college students across the country. More than 80 percent of the recipients are first-generation collegians, including Ramirez, who expects to receive his B.S. in accountancy next May.

“With the Hispanic population being the largest growing minority in this country, the need for resources for our Latino youth is greater than ever,” reads an іAdelante! announcement of this year’s scholarships. “Latino college students have great potential to be successful in every aspect of their lives, but reaching that success can be challenging without the financial support to complete their degrees.”

To address the goal of graduating more Latino students from college, the organization, a nonprofit based in San Antonio, offers scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $3,000. The aid is renewable annually, as long as the recipient maintains a 3.0 grade point average and full-time enrollment status.

“іAdelante! has helped me become a more confident person when it comes to networking,” Ramirez said. “I hope that ASU students take advantage of this opportunity and apply. You never know where a simple application can take you and who you will meet along the way.”

Ramirez has already applied for a renewal of the scholarship for 2010-11. Download Full Image

“I’m stoked,” he said, rattling off a list of opportunities he says have come through his іAdelante! experience. “I have applied for two internships and have been introduced to HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities). I also now serve on the Student Advisory Board for іAdelante!, where I help spread the word here at ASU. Students need to know about this opportunity.”

In addition to his Student Advisory Board responsibilities, Ramirez said his focus on promoting the scholarship opportunities is a way he can give back to the university.

“ASU is an interesting school,” he said, making a sweeping gesture that takes in the cafeteria crowd at ASU’s West campus. “What strikes me most is there are students and scholars from across the globe attending and interacting with each other; it enhances the college experience.

“I’m so thankful for the lessons I have learned here – to be accepting of ideas and input from your colleagues. Working alongside people from different backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures has helped me understand that we live in a global community where everyone is not the same in any form or fashion, but each brings valuable perspective to the table.”

“I am so appreciative for the experience and the opportunities, the doors that have been opened through this scholarship,” says Ramirez. “The organization really wants to help Hispanic students succeed with their educational and personal goals.”

For more information about іAdelante!, visit" target="_blank"> or contact Sarah Ramos at" target="_blank"> or 877-692-1971.

Steve Des Georges

Civil Rights Forum features ACLU director

March 31, 2010

ASU will host a Civil Rights Forum featuring Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, and internationally recognized civil rights leader Raul Yzaguirre, from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Friday, April 2, at the A.E. England Building at Civic Space Park.

The forum, hosted by ASU’s Center for Community Development and Civil Rights, offers an intimate dialogue on contemporary civil rights. The event will feature an interactive question-and-answer session in which guests can engage with the panel to lend their voice in shaping a national debate. Download Full Image

“The Civil Rights Forum is an opportunity for the community to lend its voice to a broader national discussion of today’s civil rights issues,” says Raul Yzaguirre, executive director of ASU’s Center for Community Development and Civil Rights. “We look forward to a stimulating conversation on what the future of civil liberties will look like on both the local and national fronts.” 

The forum is the eighth in a lecture series featuring the nation's most widely recognized figures in contemporary civil rights issues.

Romero took the helm of the ACLU, the nation’s premier defender of liberty and individual freedom, just four days before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Shortly afterward, the ACLU launched its national Safe and Free campaign to protect basic freedoms during a time of crisis. Under Romero’s leadership, the ACLU gained court victories on the Patriot Act, filed landmark litigation on the torture and abuse of detainees in U.S. custody, and filed the first successful legal challenge to the Bush administration’s illegal NSA spying program.

Romero is the ACLU’s sixth executive director, and the first Latino and openly gay man to serve in that capacity. In 2005, Romero was named one of Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America, and has received dozens of public service awards and an honorary doctorate from the City University of New York School of Law.

Raul Yzaguirre was nominated by President Obama in December 2009 to serve as U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic. He established the Center for Community Development & Civil Rights in ASU’s College of Public Programs. Among the Center's many offerings is the American Dream Academy, which is dedicated to advancing education for youth. The Center also addresses the Latino male education gap, offers civil rights dialogue and education, and uses research and education to advance financial knowledge in underserved populations. Yzaguirre served as president and chief executive officer for National Council of La Raza from 1974 to 2004, growing it into the preeminent Hispanic policy organization in the United States. 

Additional Panelists include Matthew Whitaker, Ph. D., associate professor of history in ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Kathie Gummere, attorney focusing on lesbian and gay legal and political issues.

The forum is among the highlights of a daylong community event, "Action, Advocacy and Arts," focusing on the power of community at the Downtown Phoenix campus. Other activities on April 2 include the 5th Urban Gallery Exhibition from 6 to 9 p.m., celebrating the arts and community as ASU joins the Artlink First Friday Art Walk to showcase mixed media works on display at University Center, 411 N. Central Ave.

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ASU leads in awarding degrees to minority students

March 25, 2010

Arizona State University is one of the leading universities in the country for awarding degrees to Hispanic and Native American students, according to figures from the National Center for Education Statistics.

ASU ranked fourth in the nation for bachelor’s degrees to Native Americans, at 209, and 10th for bachelor’s degrees to 1,375 Hispanic students in 2007-08. The ranking reflects an intensive effort by the university over the past decade to recruit and support ethnic minority students who may be underrepresented in the student body. Download Full Image

As more of these students succeed, more continue their studies to earn graduate degrees. Among Native American students, ASU ranks sixth in the nation for master’s degrees and 12th for research doctorates. Among Hispanics, ASU comes in at 42nd for master’s degrees and 17th for research doctorates.

A third of new ASU undergraduates were ethnic minority students in Fall 2009, including 37 percent of new freshmen. Minority enrollment at all ASU campuses reached 18,600, more than 27 percent of the student body, a greater proportion than ever before. Ten years ago the proportion was 19 percent.

A broad range of social and academic support and resources are available to these students, including tutorials, skills workshops and mentoring by faculty. All ASU freshmen are offered academic support, though this outreach is especially important for first-generation students.

Among the resources for Native American students is the Native American Achievement Program, a specialized program designed in partnership with three Arizona tribes to increase students’ persistence and graduation. The One Nation Club at the Polytechnic offers cultural activities, guest speakers and community service projects, and the Tempe campus offers seven American Indian student organizations.

Latino students find many student interest groups, including the Hispanic Business Students Association, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the Latino Graduate Student Alliance. One particularly successful effort has been the Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program, which brings high school girls to campus with their mothers over four years for specialized workshops and classes.

“Inclusion is fundamental to ASU,” says Elizabeth D. Capaldi, executive vice president and provost of the university. “As the population becomes more diverse, the country needs to educate this diverse population, and ASU is a leader in this endeavor. Our leadership in this area, combined with our focus on excellence, shows that these goals are not mutually exclusive.”

West campus seeks 'Excellence in Diversity' nominations

March 18, 2010

The Campus Environment Team (CET) at ASU’s West campus is seeking nominations for its 2010 “Excellence in Diversity” awards.

The awards, created in 1996, recognize members of the West campus community who have demonstrated a continuous commitment to cultural diversity. Academic professionals, classified staff, faculty, service professionals, administrators and students at the West campus are eligible for nomination. Download Full Image

“These awards and recognition are an important way we can honor those who put a priority on cultural diversity on our campus,” said Sharon Smith, CET chair and director of the TRiO Academic Achievement Center at the West campus. 

“Diversity is in our fabric; bringing multiple perspectives, different voices, to the table brings out the best in us. The people we honor with these awards are those who are living and promoting cultural diversity daily.”

Awards are presented in individual and group categories. In the individual category, three awards are presented: academic professional/faculty; classified staff/service professional/administrator; and student. In the group category, a group consisting of two or more persons from any of the individual categories is honored.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:
• Demonstrates a continuous commitment to cultural diversity.
• Sponsors and/or participates in culturally diverse activities.
• Promotes cultural diversity in all aspects of campus life.
• Models respectful treatment of all individuals.

Nominations may come from any member of ASU’s West campus community. CET requests that nominators obtain the nominee’s consent in advance.

To be eligible, nominations must include the ways in which the nominee has met the four criteria. Nominators may submit more than one nominee, however separate nominations must be submitted for each individual or group. Current CET members are not eligible for nomination.

Nominations must include the nominator’s and nominee’s name, email address, department, mail code and phone number. The nomination must also include the category of the nominee and a written statement explaining how the nominee has met the four criteria.

Deadline for submitting nominations is April 5. Award winners will be recognized at the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Breakfast on April 26.

For more information, contact Sharon Smith at 602-543-8116 or via email at Sharon.Smith">"> To submit a nomination, email Kathy Gunn at Kathleen.Gunn">"> or via interoffice mail at mail code 1251.

Steve Des Georges

Free Webinar to help schools create inclusive cultures

March 10, 2010

One of the challenges for teachers is to learn to work with students in ways that respect their various cultures, enabling them to learn more effectively.

Arizona State University’s Equity Alliance will offer a free Webinar dealing with that topic at noon, March 19. Download Full Image

“Coaching for Inclusive Practice” is a one-hour session created by NIUSI LeadScape that enables coaching teachers and school staff members to create a school culture that serves all students.

The Webinar will help school leaders to move coaching from a problem-solving model to strategic capacity building that will change the way teachers and staff understand their work.

“Our coaching model provides a ‘framework’ for understanding and planning the types of conversations that are needed to broaden teachers’ understanding of their own assumptions and engage them in more thoughtful planning to effectively teach all students,” said Elaine Mulligan, assistant director, NIUSI-LeadScape.

“We’re helping coaches to help teachers understand what it is they don’t know about the way they interact with students – the unconscious assumptions they make based on their own experiences. Once teachers are aware of this, they can change their approaches to be more effective for students who don’t learn in ways that U.S. teachers use as default approaches.”

Registration for the webinar is available online at

The Equity Alliance at ASU represents a set of funded programs that promote equity, access, participation and outcomes for all students. Equity Alliance offers free webinars on topics related to improving equity in schools throughout the year. Past webinars on topics including “The State of Equity in Public Schools,” “Building Inclusive Schools” and “Professional Learning for Equity” can be downloaded at

NIUSI-LeadScape, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs, is developing a professional community of school principals of inclusive schools. The project’s professional learning tools incorporate research-based effective strategies and methods as well as research-based effective content on what principals need to know and do to achieve effective, inclusive schools.

For more information, contact Mulligan at (480) 965-8378 or elaine.mulligan">">

Researchers to discuss issues of equity, diversity in the Southwest

March 1, 2010

Leading language, literacy and education policy researchers will gather this week at Arizona State University to discuss their research on issues of language, race, culture and equity in American education.

“Research on Educational Equity and Diversity in the Southwest, ” presented by the Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education will take place Thursday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Memorial Union’s Pima Auditorium. Download Full Image

 The symposium showcases the published research of ASU faculty and book collaborations with researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, including guest panelist Patricia Gandara, UCLA Professor of Education co-director of The">">The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles.

Moderated by Art Lebowitz, a Valley education leader and retired superintendent of Phoenix Union High School District, this panel of minority language and equity in education experts will present their most recent publications and discuss the relevance and implications of their work for all schools.

“The symposium will provide a forum for discussing the educational issues that are important to the diverse populations of the Southwest and the ongoing educational challenges and opportunities,” Professor Terrence Wiley, executive dean of the Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education.  

The debate as to whether using bilingual education and languages other than English in pre-K-12 school settings “holds children back” is among the issues the panel will examine through related research findings.

“The population of Arizona and the U.S. isn’t standing still. It doesn’t look like it did 50 years ago or 25 years ago, and it won’t look the same 25 years from now. Part of the resilience of an education system is being able to adapt to meet the needs of the population as it changes,” Wiley said.

In addition to addressing the needs of language minorities, the panel will examine the decline in foreign language instruction in the U.S. and its future impact on American children being able to engage and interact with the world at large in a globalized economy.

Wiley, Lee and Rumberger have edited a new book, The Education of Language Minority Immigrants in the United States, which includes relevant research of these issues by scholars from several disciplines. The book examines the relationships between language education and economics, immigration, educational progress, language loss, identity studies related to education, and the maintenance of heritage languages among immigrant populations. Applied linguistics expert Jeff MacSwan, professor of language and literacy and applied linguistics, also contributed to the book with his research on technical issues in language assessment of children.

“National agendas such as No Child Left Behind or Race to the Top have one-size-fits-all goals. In order to achieve the desired ends of these initiatives, it’s useful to understand the diversity of the populations we’re working with and how various education policies respond to their needs—or sometimes miss their needs,” Wiley said. “An increasing portion of the U.S. school population is either not native born or is minority in status. These are the populations we really need to make progress with. We need to be addressing their needs and know what’s happening with these kids.”

In the book, Forbidden Language: English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies, Gandara pulls together the most current research on the effects of restrictive language policies and actual outcomes for students and teachers in California, Arizona and Massachusetts. These states have mandated structured English immersion as the primary means of instructions and restricted other approaches, such as bilingual education. ASU’s Alfredo J. Artiles, professor of special education with the Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education, is a contributor.

“This is a topic that has been important in Arizona and California because children in immigrant populations are expected to acquire English as quickly as possible and maintain pace with their English-speaking peers,” Wiley said. “Sometimes, in the public debate, the concern about these children acquiring English overshadows them keeping up with their peers. This is even more important at the high school level with the dropout rate, performance on standardized tests and preparation for college.”

Teresa McCarty, Alice Wiley Snell Professor of Education and Policy Studies with the Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education, also is a panelist. Her forthcoming book, Ethnography and Language Policy, focuses on indigenous/language minority education, language education planning and policy, critical literacy studies and ethnographic methods in education. Her work links to a growing global concern about the rapid decline of languages around the world, particularly indigenous languages, as it’s estimated that 70 percent of the world’s languages may be lost by the end of the century, which is relevant for native populations in Arizona and the Southwest

Also participating in the symposium is Kimberley Scott, associate professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and executive editor of The State of Black Arizona project. Her published reports focus on the education and race issues facing Arizona's Black population. Similarly, The State of Latino Arizona, a report researched and written by ASU faculty in Transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, is being represented by Eugene Garcia, ASU’s vice president for Education Partnerships. Garcia and Paul Luna, chair of the College of Public Programs Downtown Opportunities Board, contributed to the report, which was led by Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez, Chair and Professor of the Department of Transborder Chicana/o
and Latina/o Studies and Anthropology

 “In the last decade, educators and policymakers have realized the U.S. is at a disadvantage as a country because we don’t do well in foreign language instruction. There has been little attempt to link bilingual education with foreign language instruction, but people are increasingly interested in foreign language classrooms,” Wiley said. “Arguments are that language resources in foreign language instruction or heritage language instruction help expand the U.S.’ capacity in global trade and national security and make this a country better able to communicate with the world at large.”

Other esteemed Fulton Education faculty participating are: Beatriz Arias, associate professor of language and literacy, who is conducting research on teachers’ perceptions of their preparation to work with English Language Learners. Kellie Rolstad, ASU associate professor of language and literacy and applied linguistics, who along with MacSwan published book chapters on English emersion programs and bilingual education.

“We now have 10 years under our belt to review how the new policies are working and discuss how different models between the states work. We are interested not only in the continuing success of children, but also in the longitudinal impact of policies. Are they delivering what they claim?” Wiley noted. “In order to try to use educational research in a way that helps inform policy, we have to continue to do this kind of work, even though it may go in a different direction than the established policies.”

To attend the symposium, please RSVP to Paula Miller, paula.miller">"> or call 480.727.7262. Visitor parking is available in the Apache Parking Structure. For a campus map, visit

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Pilot's milestone marks Black History Month

<p>Monica Green, a history professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies in ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, gives her perspective in the Feb. 24 <em>Race-Talk</em> on Continental Airlines naming a new Boeing 737 for her father. The honor took place nearly 50 years after her father initiated a legal case against the company and won a Supreme Court case that resulted in his hiring as the first black commercial airline pilot for Continental.</p><p>“What was I to make of this gesture, coming from my father’s former adversary as well as employer?" Green writes of her father, Capt. Marlon Green. "This was no small honor. (And no small plane!) Only a handful of planes in Continental’s fleet of over 300 aircraft bear names, and then only of past company presidents. But what did it mean?”</p><p>The historian in her “saw this as an event symbolizing the transformations our society has witnessed in the past 50 years.”</p><p>At the naming ceremony in Houston on Feb. 9, Green wrote she “praised the plane as a living exhibit, a record of my father’s story that would fly all over the country, touching the lives of every airline employee and passenger who encountered it.”</p><p>An additional story about the naming ceremony she references in her essay (link provided below) appeared Feb. 10 on the front page of the <em>Houston Chronicle</em>, under the tagline “Milestone in diversity.” A copy of that story is online at <a href="">http://ww...

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