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10th Annual Dealing with Difference Summer Institute

Sunday, May 18 - Wednesday, May 21, 2003
University Union, Western Illinois University

A major focus of the 2003 Dealing with Difference Summer Institute is Latino/a culture, a focus that encompasses many issues, including immigration, globalization, identity, language, ethnicity/race, civil and human rights, and education. Presenters and workshop facilitators will provide multiple perspectives on these intersecting issues as they share with institute participants what they have learned through research, experience, and activism.

Through this focus on Latino/a culture and a variety of additional workshops and panels, the Institute will continue its mission: to offer educators in elementary, secondary, and higher education opportunities to deepen their knowledge of cultural diversity, especially the diversity defining the United States, and to consider ways of creating courses, classrooms, and campuses that reflect an understanding of and respect for this diversity.

Featured Presenters

Dr. Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Education, is co-director of the Harvard Immigration Projects, member of the Executive Committee of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and Chair of the new Interfaculty Committee on Immigration and Well-Being at Harvard University. He was educated in Latin America and at the University of California at Berkeley where he received his A.B. (1980) in Psychology , and his M.A. (1981) and Ph.D. (1986) in the Department of Anthropology.

Dr. Suárez-Orozco.Professor Suárez-Orozco's work is in the areas of cultural psychology and psychological anthro- pology with a focus on immigration, education, and globalization. He is the author of many scholarly essays, books, and edited volumes, including Latinos: Remaking America (co-edited with Mariela Páez), Children of Immigration (with Carola Suárez-Orozco), the six-volume series entitled Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration (co-edited with Carola Suárez-Orozco and Desiree Qin-Hilliard), Cultures Under Siege: Collective Violence and Trauma (co-edited with Antonius C.G.M. Robben), the award-winning Transformations: Immigration, Family Life and Achievement Motivation Among Latino Adolescents (with Carola Suárez-Orozco), and over 100 other works.

Professor Suárez-Orozco, winner of multiple awards and prizes, is currently co-directing the largest study ever funded in the history of the National Science Foundation's cultural anthropology division—a comparative, interdisciplinary, and longitudinal study of Asian, Afro-Caribbean, and Latino immigrant and refugee children in American society.

In Dr. Marcelo Suarez-Orozco's Sunday, May 18, 2003 Dealing with Difference Summer Institute presentation, "Latinos: Rethinking America," he provided the following statistical and comparative information:


Dr. Nancy Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barceló is the Vice President of Minority Affairs at the University of Washington. Prior to this appointment, she served as Associate Vice President for Multicultural and Academic Affairs at the University of Minnesota and as Assistant Provost at the University of Iowa. In each of these positions, Dr. Barceló has provided leadership through her focus on cultural diversity and the enhancement of the university experiences of historically underrepresented students, faculty, and staff. She has consistently worked to ensure that the interests of traditionally underrepresented groups are reflected in all aspects of university life.

Dr. Barceló has given many presentations in community and academic settings. Among these are "Multiculturalism: A Democratic Principle for Societal Transformation," "The Future of Chicana/o Studies," "Being Multicultural in the Gay Community," "Latinos, Literacy, and Life-Long Learning," "The Value of Women in Creating the New Academy," and "Collaborations in Higher Education."

Between 1998 and 2000, Dr. Barceló chaired the organizing committee for "Women's Lives, Women's Voices in Higher Education," a national teleconference that drew over 5,000 participants. The conference provided a multicultural and inclusive forum to begin a conversation about the needs, issues, and solutions facing women as workers, teachers, and students in U.S. institutions of higher learning, and it developed a national agenda to shape a vision for women in higher education in the present century. Dr. Barceló continues to be a moving force behind the National Initiative for Women in Higher Education, an outgrowth of the teleconference.


Dr. Carlos Muñoz, Jr..Dr. Carlos Muñoz, Jr. was born in the "Segundo barrio" in El Paso, Texas, and raised in the barrios of East Los Angeles. He is the son of poor working class Mexican immigrants. He earned his A.A. from Los Angeles City College, his B.A. with honors in Political Science from California State University at Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley. After 33 years of teaching in higher education, he has gained international recognition as a political scientist, historian, journalist, and public intellectual.

Dr. Muñoz was chair of the first Mexican American Studies department in the nation and the founding chair of the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies. He has authored numerous pioneering works on the Mexican American political experience and on African American and Latino political coalitions. His book, Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement, won the Gustavus Myers Book Award for "outstanding scholarship in the study of human rights in the United States." The book, in its ninth printing, was a major resource for the 1996 PBS television series, Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement." Dr. Muñoz was the senior consultant for the project and was featured in the series. He is currently working on several new books, including The Challenge for a Multiracial Democracy in America.

Dr. Muñoz is an acknowledged expert on issues of ethnic and racial politics, multiculturalism and diversity, immigration, and affirmative action. As a scholar-activist, he has been a central figure in the struggles for civil and human rights in the U.S. and abroad since the 1960s. He has played a prominent leadership role in the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, in multiracial coalitions, and in the struggles for affirmative action and immigrant rights.


Southern Poverty Law Center/Teaching Tolerance

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has been combating hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation since 1971. The Center is recognized internationally for its legal victories against white supremacist groups, its tracking of hate groups, its sponsorship of the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, AL, and its tolerance education programs. Among its education initiatives is Tolerance.org, a web project that "encourages people from all walks of life to 'fight hate and promote tolerance.'" Jennifer Holladay, the Director of Tolerance.org, and Kelvin Datcher, its Outreach Coordinator, will facilitate workshops on anti-racist activism and on leadership in times of community crisis.