Diversity Lecture Series 2017–2018

The 2017-2018 W&M School of Education Diversity Lecture Series will bring distinguished educators from across the country to share their research and work promoting inclusiveness and equity of opportunities for diverse students. The series is part of William & Mary's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first African-American residential students admitted to W&M. The university honors them and W&M's entire African-American community, past and present, this year through "Building on the Legacy," a series of special events, guest speakers and performances. 


Cirecie West-OlatunjiNOVEMBER 16, 2017

Revisiting the Promise of Multiculturalism in Education
Cirecie West-Olatunji

Despite efforts to resolve disparities in the educational experiences and outcomes for certain sectors of the American population, persistent underachievement for African American and Latino students, in particular, remains a challenge. It has been stated that these issues translate into decreased civic engagement and, ultimately, lack of sufficient innovation in industry to compete on a global scale. Ideas, such as education reform, charter schools, Response-to-Intervention, and vocational academies have been proposed. Yet, educational scholars may need to revisit the core assumptions of multiculturalism in all disciplines, including but not limited to special education, school counseling, curriculum and instruction, and research methods. Dr. West-Olatunji will discuss five culturally informed approaches that can transform the outcomes for culturally and socially (based on sexual orientation, class, religion, ability, etc.) marginalized individuals throughout the educational pipelines, including doctoral studies. This lecture is intended to inspire, instruct, and (re)ignite the college community toward action.

Cirecie A. West-Olatunji serves as associate professor at Xavier University of Louisiana and director of the Center for Traumatic Stress Research. She is also a past president of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Association (AMCD). Nationally, Dr. West-Olatunji has initiated several clinical research projects that focus on culture-centered community collaborations designed to address issues rooted in systemic oppression, such as transgenerational trauma and traumatic stress.

Alberto CarvalhoFEBRUARY 5, 2018

Hornsby Distinguished Lecture
Alberto Carvalho

Alberto M. Carvalho has served as Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the nation’s fourth largest school system, since September 2008. He is a nationally recognized expert on education transformation, finance, and leadership development. During his tenure, M-DCPS has become one of the nation’s highest-performing urban school systems receiving systemwide accreditation from AdvancEd in 2014. The District has also been named as the 2014 College Board Advanced Placement Equity and Excellence District of the Year, as well as the 2012 winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education. As a staunch believer in school choice, he has expanded choice options in Miami-Dade to include over 500 offerings including programs in fine and performing arts, biotechnology, engineering, robotics, aviation, forensic sciences, and many others.

Free and open to the public. All events will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the W&M School of Education at 301 Monticello Ave, Williamsburg, VA.