The Center for Multicultural Education, directed by James A. Banks, focuses on research projects and activities designed to improve practices related to equity issues, inter-group relations, and the achievement of students of color.


The Center provides a variety of services and courses related to its mission:

  • Research on race, ethnicity, class, and education represents the central mission of the Center. This research contributes to the improvement of practices in schools, colleges, and universities through the synthesis and dissemination of findings in multicultural education and the development of guiding principles for the field.

  • Publications such as Diversity within Unity: Essential Principles for Teaching and Learning in a Multicultural Society, developed for educational practitioners, and the Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education (1995; 2nd edition now at press, Jossey-Bass) provide in-depth examinations of research and scholarship in the field.

  • The Symposium-Lecture Series focuses attention on topics related to race, ethnicity, class, and education. The series features prominent scholars and outstanding practitioners such as Shirley Brice Health, Linda Darling-Hammond, Claude M. Steele, Lisa Delpit, and Luis Moll.

  • International Conferences: The Center's 2002 conference, "Ethnic Diversity and Citizenship Education in Multicultural Nation-States," was held at the Rockefellers Foundation Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy, in June 2002. It included participants from 12 different nations.

  • Graduate Study with top university scholars at the master's and doctoral degree levels prepares educators for working in an increasingly diverse nation and world.

  • Courses in multicultural education offer opportunities to build a broad and deep understanding of the issues confronting our society and the world as well as the means to reconcile them. Courses run throughout the regular academic year; in addition, the Center offers several short summer courses, institutes, and workshops. Examples include: Educating Ethnic Minority Youths; Teaching the Bilingual-Bicultural Student; and Race, Gender, and Knowledge Construction:Curriculum Considerations.

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