DENTON (UNT), Texas — The fifth Jalisco-Texas Conference in Education and Culture — Intercultural Connections across Borders: Issues and Initiatives — will be held March 25-27 in Guadalajara, Mexico, at the Benemérita y Centenaria Normal de Jalisco.
The conference is co-hosted by UNT's College of Education and Jalisco's Secretariat of Education, which oversees a large educational system of more than 2.2 million students.
The keynote address on "Intercultural Education in Mexico and the United States" will be presented by Professor Nancy Nelson, UNT's Meadows Chair for Excellence in Education. UNT doctoral students, Kathryn Dixon, Kyle Thompson and Yilmin Koo; and faculty, Drs. Rossana Boyd, Ricardo Gonzalez, Jane Huffman and Karthigeyan Subramaniam, will also present research papers at the conference. Also on the program are faculty from Colegio SuBiré, an EC-12 school in Guadalajara that focuses on entrepreneurship and has an established partnership with UNT Sustainability.
The conference will cover a variety of topics including: bilingual education, indigenous education, academic writing in global context, migration of students and educators and educational policies regarding linguistic and cultural diversity.
UNT's support for the conference is provided by the College of Education, the Department of Teacher Education and Administration and the Meadows Chair for Excellence in Education. The co-hosted conference changes sites between UNT and Jalisco on a rotating basis. Professor Ron Wilhelm, who recently retired from UNT, played a central role in organizing previous conferences.
About UNT's College of Education
UNT's College of Education prepares students to contribute to the advancement of education, health and human development. Founded in 1890 as a teacher's training college, UNT now enrolls more than 4,000 students in the College of Education, which consists of four departments — counseling and higher education; educational psychology; kinesiology, health promotion and recreation; and teacher education and administration. UNT's College of Education certifies about 1,000 teachers a year — making it the largest producer of new teachers in the north Texas region. Students are also prepared for careers as researchers, counselors, leaders, physical activity and health promotion specialists, child development and family studies specialists and more.