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Whitworth to host International Education and Diversity Forum, featuring Raymond Reyes, Nov. 19

November 5, 2015
The Whitworth School of Education presents its eighth annual International Education and Diversity Forum on Thursday, Nov. 19. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place from 6-9 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Hixson Union Building at Whitworth University. For more information, please call (509) 777-3228.

This year’s theme is “Challenging Perceptions: Becoming Conscious of Unconscious Biases.” It seeks to encourage conversations and build international and cultural understanding among people to prepare them as global citizens. The program will feature the Hmong Youth Dancers and a keynote talk from Raymond F. Reyes, Ph.D., associate academic vice president and chief diversity officer at Gonzaga University.

Before his work at Gonzaga, Reyes served as the administrative director for the Coeur 'D Alene Tribe of Idaho. He has 33 years of experience in Indian education and professional-development training, and he has conducted hundreds of training and technical-assistance seminars throughout the United States, Zambia, Mexico, Colombia and Canada. His areas of scholarship and expertise are institutional diversity planning, implementation and assessment, optimizing organizational performance through intercultural competence and multicultural literacy, human development and learning, leadership development, culturally responsive teaching, and Ignatian pedagogy.

“The International Education and Diversity Forum was founded on the School of Education’s desire to fully embrace and actualize Whitworth’s commitment to diversity. This year’s theme is designed to explore how societal stereotypes and incomplete stories of others hinder our ability to understand and celebrate the diversity within our community,” says Roberta Wilburn, associate dean for graduate studies in education and diversity initiatives. “We are excited that Dr. Raymond Reyes will be our keynote speaker, because he brings with him extensive experience as an educator, diversity advocate, and leader in culturally responsive teaching on the local and international level. We believe that through his keynote address, as well as through the forum workshops and cultural presentations, participants will be enriched by their experience and will begin to reflect on their own practices so that they can become more culturally sensitive practitioners in their chosen fields.”

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


 Chaune Schafer, program assistant for graduate studies in education, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3228 or

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