Teachers of Tomorrow: June conference will promote diversity in teaching

A June 1 conference at Whatcom Community College’s Syre Student Center will showcase the value of a diverse teaching profession and encourage high school and college students to consider teaching as a career option.

The conference, titled “Celebrating Diversity in Education: Teachers of Tomorrow” will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is hosted by Whatcom, Western Washington University and the Center of Excellence for Careers in Education.

It is geared toward students of color, first-generation students and men, which organizers say are groups underrepresented in the teaching profession.

Francisco Rios, dean of WWU’s Woodring College of Education, will be the keynote speaker.

“When teachers of color have a strong sense of their cultural identity and a strong sense of how racial/ethnic inequities occur in education, they bring many more assets including empathy with their minority students, a stronger likelihood of enacting a multicultural curriculum and advocacy for those students and their communities,” Rios said in a May 22 press release. “They are also able to educate fellow teachers about responding to cultural and linguistic differences among their students.”

There is no cost to attend the conference, but interested high school and college students must register by Friday, May 25.

For more information and to register, visit www.whatcom.ctc.edu/diversityineducation,  or call 360.383.3194.

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