Dealing with Difference Institute


A historical archive of past programs, initiatives, and achievements.


Dealing with Difference Institute 2018


  1. Rosa Clemente, doctoral student in the W.E.B. Dubois Department of UMASS-Amherst, President and Founder of Know Thy Self Productions, leading scholar on the issues of Afro-Latinx identity
  2. Dr. J.Q. Adams, Founder and Director of ACE Consulting
  3. Zack Foste, Postdoctoral Researcher for the Interfaith Diversity Experiences & Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) at The Ohio State University


Dealing with Difference Institute 2017


  1. Wilson Okello, Doctoral Fellow at Miami University, Instructor in Department of Social Justice Studies and Department of  Black World Studies
Dealing with Difference Institute 2016 »


  1. Dr. J.Q Adams, Professor Emeritus Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies,
    Western Illinois University

Theme:   Intolerance and Incivility on Campus and Beyond

Dealing with Difference Institute 2015 »


  1. Dr. Fannie Rushing, Professor of History, Benedictine University
  2. Dr. Stephen Quaye, Associate Professor of Education, Miami University
  3. Ms. Stewart, Instructional Methods Coordinator, Racine Unified School District

Theme:  Speak Out, Step Up, Stand Together 


Dealing with Difference Institute 2014 »


  1. Dr. Heather Hackman, St. Cloud State University in St Cloud, Minnesota
  2. Dr. David Stovall and Mr. Shaka Rawls, University of Illinois Chicago
  3. Dr. Tracy Davis, Western Illinois University and Dr. Rachel Wagner, Iowa State University

Theme:  Social Justice and Education


Dealing with Difference Institute 2013


  1. Dr. James A. Banks. Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Multicultural Education, University of Washington, Seattle
  2. Dr. Paul Gorski, Associate Professor, Integrative Studies, George Mason University, and founder of EdChange, a coalition of educators and activists committed to educational equity
  3. Dr. Barbara Ransby, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, History, and African American Studies
  4. Dr. Ann Russo, Professor and Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies, DePaul University

Theme: Multicultural Education: Always Unfinished, Always Evolving


Dealing with Difference Institute 2012


  1. Dr. Pedro Noguera, sociologist, Distinguished Professor of Education, New York University and Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Education
  2. Rev. C. T. Vivian

Themes:  Multiculturalism and/or Assimilation; Nonviolent Strategies for Social Transformation


Dealing with Difference Institute 2011


  1. Dr. Shakti Butler, filmmaker, educator, and founder of World Trust Educational Trust. Her latest film is Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity

Theme:  The Uses and Abuses of Fear


Dealing with Difference Institute 2010


  1. Mr. TIm Wis, author,anti-racist activist, and lecturer. His latest book: Dear White America: Letter to a New Majority
  2. Dr. Diane Carson

Themes:  White Privilege; The Role of Master Narratives in Society


Dealing with Difference Institute 2009


  1. Dr. Sut Jhally
  2. Dr. Maulana Karenga, Professor and chair of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Creator of Kwanzaa. Multiculturalism and ethics

Theme:  Persistent but Inaccurate Notions of Race in USA Society


Dealing with Difference Institute 2008


  1. Mr. Maurice Ashley, First African American International Grand Master of Chess and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman’s Center. Games as educational tool
  2. Dr. Garry Shirts

Theme:  Playing Games to Awaken Multicultural Consciousness


Speakers from 1994-2007:

  • Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barcelo. President, Northern New Mexico College. Equity and diversity
  • Dr. James B. Boyer, Kansas State University, a Founding member of the National Association for Multicultural Education. Curriculum and classroom climate assessment
  • Dr. Carlos E. Cortes, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Riverside. History and media representation
  • Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President of Spellman College. Psychology and identity development
  • Dr. Derald Wing Sue, Professor of Psychology and Education, Columbia University. Counseling
  • Dr. Peggy McIntosh, Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director, Wellesley Centers for Women. White privilege
  • Dr. Johnnella Butler, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Spellman College. Education
  • Dr. William Ayers, Retired Distinguished Professor Education and Senior University Scholar, University of Illinois, Chicago. Interactive teaching/learning
  • Dr. Sut Jhally, Professor of Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Founder and Director of the Media Education Foundation
  • Dr. Christine Sleeter, Professor Emerita of College of Professional Studies, California State University, Monterey Bay. Multicultural education
  • Dr. Geneva Gay, Professor of Education, University of Washington, Seattle. Effective teaching/learning
  • Dr. Michael Omi, Professor of Ethnic and Asian American Studies, University of California, Berkeley.  Racial formation
  • Ms. Paula Rothenberg, former director of the New Jersey Project on Inclusive Scholarship, Curriculum, and Teaching. Senior Fellow at the Murphy Institute, CUNY.
  • Dr. Jack G. Shaheen, Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Author of Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People.
  • Dr. Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, Distinguished Professor of Globalization and Education, New York University. Immigration studies
  • Dr. Henry A. Giroux, Global Television Network Chair in Communication Studies, McMaster University. Cultural critic, scholar,  and author
  • Dr. Donaldo Macedo, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Chief translator and interpreter in English of Paulo Freire’s work