Prescott College Students Present at NAME Conference

National Association for Multicultural Education in Oakland, CA

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The weekend of November 8, 9, and 10, ten Prescott College students who are enrolled in the Tucson Social Justice Semester of Spring 2013 and four students of the Resident student group APOC (Angry People of Color) presented at the prestigious National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) Conference in Oakland, CA. Prescott College professor Anita Fernández, and former Tucson Mexican-American Studies teacher Curtis Acosta introduced the new organization, XITO (Xican@ Institute for Teaching and Organizing).

NAME is a non-profit organization that advances and advocates for equity and social justice through multicultural education. This year’s theme was “Erasing the Shadows, Embracing the Light: Re/Visioning Multicultural Education”. This year’s keynote speaker was Angela Davis.

Proposals to present were submitted last Spring and acceptance was announced early this Fall. While most presentations were from educators and doctoral students, Prescott College students were the only undergraduate students accepted.

The students presenting were Resident Undergraduate students Noah Kass, Stephanie Devincent, Angelei Star, Hattie Tehan, Hayden Chichester, Autum Chase-Dempsey, Kadeja Alexander, Jada Boyd, Katrina Martinez, Jeremy Decarvalho, Amanda Kunzman, Resident Master of Art students Renee Daniel and Ecca Dibble, and PC alumni Desiree Dorsainvil. The students discussed multicultural education issues such as diversity in higher education and saving ethnic studies in Arizona.

About Prescott College:

As a nationally acclaimed institution of higher education located in the central highlands of Arizona, Prescott College offers competency based programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines with a focus on interdisciplinary and experiential education in six general areas: Environmental Studies, Human Development and Psychology, Education, Arts and Letters, Adventure Education and Cultural and Regional Studies. A private, non-profit, four year college, Prescott College offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in an Resident and limited residency format.

Founded on the premise of what college should be and funded by a Ford Foundation grant in the mid-1960s, a symposium attended by luminaries from within and outside higher education (including Henry Luce of Time/Life fame) met to create the ideal college—one which should focus on competency and breadth, experiential, self-directed hands-on learning, a focus on narrative evaluations and a pedagogically focused orientation process. This meeting resulted in developing a unique schedule (the Resident program while semester in tone, includes a one month block class followed by more extended class periods for the remaining 12 week semester), an acknowledgement of lifelong learning and the importance of life experience (resulting in the development of one of the first hybrid distance education programs and prior learning assessment), an immersion in environment (resulting in “The Southwest is Our Classroom” where all classes immerse in the subject under study including field classes in all areas) and a respect for theory and application (all students create a capstone project which contains a thesis and a practical application of that theory).

Consistently named one of the top campuses in the nation for environmental initiatives by the Princeton Review Green Schools, enrollment is approximately 500 resident students and 700 limited-residency students.