Multicultural Challenges in the Classroom a Hot Topic for Educators, Parents

Written by Michael Castellon

Date: March 21, 2006
CONTACT: Michael Castellon,

LUBBOCK – How educators and parents meet the needs of multicultural students will be the topic of a statewide conference hosted March 24-25 by Texas Tech University.

The conference will serve as a forum for teachers, parents and researchers to discuss challenges and opportunities both in the classroom and at the administrative level, said Dr. Sheryl Santos, dean of the College of Education at Texas Tech.

“As the needs of our students change, so must we change how we view problems and solutions in the classroom,” she said. “Texas classrooms are more diverse than ever and it’s necessary for us to look at multicultural education issues.”

The conference, titled “Closing the Gap: Coalitions to Promote Equity in Education,” will feature a keynote address by Peter McLaren, an education professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He will speak at a luncheon March 25.

Tibor Nagy, associate vice provost for international affairs at Texas Tech, will make the opening remarks on March 24 at the opening reception.

To register for the event, or for more information, visit


CONTACT: Dr. Sheryl Santos, dean of the Texas Tech College of Education, (806) 742-1837, or, Tibor Nagy, association vice provost for international affairs, (806) 742-7200,