May 14, 2014

2014 Dealing with Difference Institute
Time: All Day
Location: Multicultural Center, Western Illinois University, Macomb campus
Description: The 2014 Dealing with Difference Institute will take place on May 13 and 14 and will revolve around the theme, Social Justice and Education. As Professor Barbara Ransby reminded 2013 institute participants, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s was not about celebrating diversity; it was about equity and social justice for everyone in the United States. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other Civil Rights workers gave their lives for justice, freedom and equality. What is the responsibility of today's educators to pursue these same goals? How do they realize this responsibility? How do they help their students do the same? 2014 DWDI participants will grapple with these questions.

Dr. Heather Hackman, a graduate of UMass, Amherst’s social justice education program and an exceptionally effective presenter and workshop facilitator, will open the DWDI on May 13 with “Social Justice Education: An Indispensable Element in 21st-Century Education.” On the following day, she will participate in a panel discussion on “Institutional Responsibility and Social Justice.”

Dr. David Stovall and Mr. Shaka Rawls, both scholar activists, will focus their presentation on “Making Social Justice Education Tangible.” Drawing from their theoretical research in the department of educational policy at the University of Illinois, Chicago as well as their community work, they will explore what justice means and the demands it makes within the context of community realities and aspirations.

Professor Tracy Davis, coordinator of Western’s college student personnel program, and Dr. Rachel Wagner, a recent graduate from UMass, Amherst’s social justice education program and associate director of residence life at Iowa State University, will address the personal transformations necessary when interacting across cultures to carry out a commitment to social justice.

DWDI Committee members Tammy La Prad and Ashley Schantz are inviting participants to share an incident, event or encounter that led to their commitment to social justice and equity. Participants who would like to share such a story (in prose or poetry) should contact Tammy at by Friday, May 9, with a description. To accommodate as many participants as possible, stories should be four to five-minutes in length.

The complete DWDI schedule, presenter bios and abstracts, and registration forms are available at
Related Web Site: Related Site
Contact Information:
 Janice R. Welsch
 Phone: 309-255-4740
Source: Multicultural

Western Illinois University
1 University Circle * Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309/298-1414 * E-mail
Calendar Administration: