Cultivating cultural responsiveness

Guest presenters from Western Washington University address cultivating cultural responsiveness

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement | 541-962-3585 or
Source contact: Tawnya Lubbes | College of Education | 541-962-3329 or
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LA GRANDE, Ore. April 20, 2016 – Eastern Oregon University is hosting a two-day event focused on cultivating critical principles of practices from culturally responsive pedagogy, Friday and Saturday, April 29-30.

Guest speakers from Western Washington University Francisco Rios, Ph.D., and Kristen French, Ph.D., will give a community keynote at 6:30 p.m. April 29 in Huber Auditorium in Badgley Hall, Room 102. The lecture is free, open to the public and will be streamed live for those at a distance at

Rios is the dean of Woodring College of Education and French is an association professor of elementary education and director of the Center for Education, Equity and Diversity.

Rios’ research interests include teachers of color, Latinos in education and pre-service teacher education with a multicultural focus. He served as the senior associate editor of Multicultural Perspectives, the journal of the National Association for Multicultural Education, and is the current president of the National Association for Multicultural Education.

French’s engaged scholarship includes multicultural teacher education, indigenous education, decolonizing theory and critical performative pedagogy.

Teachers in grades K-12 are also invited to register until 12 p.m. Friday, April 22 for a corresponding workshop with Rios and French on April 30.

The Center for Culturally Responsive Practices (CCRP) at EOU is sponsoring the lecture and workshop series. The center strives to provide pedagogical approaches that enable school communities to create learning environments in which student languages, cultures and backgrounds are responded to and infused within every aspect of education and curriculum.

For more information reach Tawnya Lubbes, CCRP director in EOU’s College of Education, at 541-962-3329, email or go to

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