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Washburn’s Fink Visiting Professor to Explore Culturally Responsive Classrooms Feb. 4

01/31/19 03:01 pm CST
"Letter from a Black mom to her son."

     Topeka, Kan. - Dr. Dyan Watson will visit Washburn University as a Fink Visiting Professor Feb. 4–5, 2019. Watson will present a public lecture entitled “Creating Culturally Responsive Classrooms” Monday, Feb. 4 beginning at 7 p.m. in Washburn A/B room of the Memorial Union on the Washburn University campus. She will discuss the messages educators send to students and families about race and culture, and how to work on sending the “right” message. This event is free and open to the public.

     During her time at Washburn, Watson will also visit with students in the Department of Education, as well as with faculty and staff members from across the University.

     Watson is a former high school social studies teacher and currently an associate professor at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling in Portland, Ore. Her research interests include how teachers semantically encode race and the intersections of race and teaching. She is the co-editor of Teaching for Black LivesRhythm and Resistance, and Rethinking Elementary Education; as well as the author of “Letter from a Black mom to her son.” 

     Washburn’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning and the Academic Diversity and Inclusion Committee coordinated Watson’s visit. University donors make the Ruth Garvey Cochener Fink Visiting Professor program at Washburn possible in order to enrich education on the Washburn campus and in the Topeka and Shawnee county communities.


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