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SEED Associate Directors Jondou Chase Chen and Gail Cruise-Roberson at NAME 2014

SEED at the NAME Conference

"Dismantling Fronteras through Multicultural Education" was the theme of the recent 24th annual NAME (National Association for Multicultural Education) conference held in Tucson, Arizona. The gathering brought together over 300 educators from elementary schools, high schools and universities who are committed to educating for empowerment and social justice. SEED presented a session on "Curriculum as Window and Mirror," a concept first developed by Co-director Emily Style to show how students need to see their own stories, as well as those of others, throughout their education.

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Elliot Rodger as Window and Mirror

By SEED Associate Director Jondou Chen.

This is hard. It's been several weeks since Elliot Rodger's hate-induced rampage that killed six people and left 13 more injured in California; a rampage preceded by a series of videos and a manifesto declaring his hatred of women. The news coverage and response were almost immediate. Hashtag activists and political pundits ran with the story, initially leaving me thinking that there was nothing more that I might add. Yet the uneasy feeling that always strikes me in such situations wouldn’t leave. In fact, it was growing.

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Being "Color Brave," Not "Color Blind"

Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments, explains in this TED Talk why we need to talk about race rather than being "color blind."

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