ERIC Number: ED372166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct-2
Threads of Diversity--The Fabric of Unity. Issues Conference (Washington, D.C., September 29-October 2, 1993).
Garcia, Cecilia M., Ed.
This proceedings comes from a conference whose purpose was to provide a vehicle for thoughtful discourse and analysis of such Hispanic American issues as education; access to health care; and community viability and the environment as viewed by Latino theorists, activists, and the Hispanic members of Congress. The discussions included the challenge for Hispanics in using cultural diversity as a strength, the culturally inclusive curriculum, the environmental movement and environmental hazards, education, access to health care, community validity, women and public policy, coalition building, and the viability and results of an electronic town meeting. Specific to the curriculum, the participants note that little research money has been allocated to study the impact of multicultural curricula. The presenters illustrate the complexity of the problem of low academic achievement, and suggest that designing a culturally inclusive curriculum should be seen as only one step in what must be a multifaceted approach. Presenters also discuss the appropriate roles of parents, industry, community, and school systems in the educational system. Among the elements suggested for successful educational partnerships are long-term commitment, accountability, financial resources, and mutual respect. Conference attenders conclude that Hispanics must use their diversity and be politically active to ensure that policies regarding environment and education reflect their concerns. (GLR)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, MI.; AT&T Communications, Inc., New York, NY.; Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., St. Louis, MO.
Authoring Institution: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Inst., Washington, DC.
Note: Funding also provided by Telemundo.