PA-NAME - 17th Annual Conference - 2015

Keystone College

La Plume, PA

April 10-11, 2015

Conference Theme: 

Inclusive Multicultural Education: Uniting for Political, Economic and Educational Empowerment 

No educational philosophy or program is worthwhile unless it focuses on … providing students with an apprenticeship in the opportunity to become critical and productive members of a democratic society.                                                                           ~ Sonia Nieto, Affirming Diversity

Sonia Nieto and other leading scholars in multicultural education profess the significant role that schools play in preparing citizens for active participation in a democratic society.  Situated within social, political, and economic contexts, schools occupy a central location in the intersecting and interlocking structures of society.  This provides the perfect training ground for students to learn about social inequities and pursue social justice – in places local and global.  From service-learning to civic engagement, schools are spaces where students are introduced to social issues and learn that they – as individuals and a collective – possess the power to make a difference. 

The 17th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education will focus on the various ways political, economic and educational issues intersect in the multicultural education movement. As NAME strives to be at the forefront of empowering individuals through education and community building, this conference will focus on the idea of inclusive education to inspire conference attendees to become critical thinkers and actors, find their voice, identify inequities, and advocate for social change. 

Keynote Speakers: 
  • Brian Johnson, Director of the Frederick Douglass Institute, Bloomsburg University
  • Arthur Breese, Director of Diversity, Geisinger Health System
  • David Coppola, President, Keystone College
  • Marion "Coco" Coleman, Associate Director for Multicultural Affairs, Franklin and Marshall College

David Coppola

Marion Coco Coleman



·         Friday, April 10, 2015: Hubbard Campus Center
  • 11am-5pm: Check-in/Registration - Hubbard Campus Center - Lobby 
  • 11:30am-12:50pm: Keystone College Cultural Diversity Roundtables (includes lunch)  - Hubbard - Evan's Hall 
  • 1-1:30pm: Welcome - Hubbard - Evan's Hall 
  • 1:45-5pm: Concurrent Workshops - Hubbard
  • 5-5:45pm: Welcome/Keynote: David Coppola, Keystone  President -  Hubbard - Evan's Hall 
  • 6-7pm: Dinner -  Hubbard Cafeteria 
  • 7-8:30pm: Brian Johnson - Reel Diversity: Advancing Social Justice through Film - Brook's Theater
  • 8:30-9:30pm: Sharing and Reception  - Brook's Theater

·         Saturday, April 11, 2015: Hubbard and Miller Library
  • 7:30am-12pm: Check-in/Registration - Hubbard Campus Center - Lobby 
  • 7:30-8:30am : Breakfast - Hubbard Cafeteria
  • 8:30am to 9:30am: Keynote: Arthur Breese, Geisinger Health System
  • 9:45am-12pm: Concurrent Workshops - Miller Library
  • 12-1:30pm: Keynote/Luncheon: Marion CocoColeman, Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs  Hubbard - Evan's Hall 
  • 1:30-4:30pm: Concurrent Workshops - Miller Library
  • 4:30-5pm: Closing - Hubbard Campus Center - Evan's Hall

Two Award Winning Films