Researchers from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association recently found that although almost half of the students attending U.S. public schools are minorities, fewer than 1 in 5 have a teacher of color. As a result, an increasingly diverse student body can feel disconnected in the classroom.

To help create more inclusive learning environments in which all students feel welcome, the American Conference on Diversity, in cooperation with the Peter Sammartino School of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) and with generous support from Wells Fargo Bank, will offer “The Power of Educators: Creating Multicultural Learning Environments” through our Summer Educators’ Institute on July 8 (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).

The Summer Educators’ Institute is ideal for:

Teachers P-12

School Administrators

Curriculum Development Specialists

Guidance Counselors

Social Workers

Affirmative Action Officers

University and College Professors

University and College Administrators

Pre-service Secondary Education Majors

Student Teachers

Non-Profit Professionals

Nurse Educators

Ancillary Healthcare Providers

This intensive four-day session combines experiential activities, facilitated dialogue, engaging instruction, and action planning to help participants build more inclusive and affirming classrooms and develop strategies to effectively navigate diversity issues. The curriculum is designed to take participants on a journey from awareness to action; to apply innovative techniques for multicultural education; and to experience personal and professional growth that will be an asset to their school’s learning environment. Attendees will explore various dynamics of multicultural education, including:

Social Identity Development


Understanding Dynamics of Privilege and Power

Self-Analysis and Organizational Assessment

Heterosexism and Homophobia

Racial Identity Development

Gender Identity & Diversity

Classism and Socioeconomic Status

Action Planning

History of Race in America

Session facilitators include Renee Ayers, EMPA, Director of Professional Development Services at the American Conference on Diversity, and Khyati Y. Joshi, Ph.D., a 2012 Northern Jersey Regional Community Network Humanitarian Award honoree, published author, and Fairleigh Dickinson University Associate Professor of Education.

The Summer Educators Institute will be held at FDU’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, NJ. Educators will receive 28 CEUs for completing the Summer Educators’ Institute. The registration fee is $265 before June 23. Breakfast, lunch, and all program materials are included. Advance registration is required at Non-refundable registration fees apply. Please register by June 23. Registration received after June 23 will be $530.

The American Conference on Diversity has also partnered with Double Tree Hilton at 2117 Rt. 4 East in Fort Lee, NJ, to accommodate attendees seeking overnight stay ($139 per night, plus tax and additional fees). When calling 201-461-9000 for reservations, please reference the American Conference on Diversity.

What Attendees Say About Our Summer Educators’ Institute:

“I am proud to be an on-going participant of the Educators’ Institute of the American Conference on Diversity. Over the past years, I have taken workshops covering issues dealing with immigrant students in the classroom; multi-cultural learning environments; sexual orientation in schools and navigating race in the classroom. The invaluable information shared, and the lively dialogue that is encouraged, is what keeps me returning to take these workshops. I return to my own school filled with enthusiasm (and new-found knowledge) and excited to let my fellow colleagues know how much information we as educators still need to learn and how this knowledge can be shared and taught to our students in a fun, collaborative, informative manner. I continue to look forward to being a participant to any future workshop(s) offered by the American Conference on Diversity.”

–Tanya Caesar-Waller, Guidance Counselor Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Teaneck, NJ 

About Dr. Khyati Y. Joshi

Dr. Joshi’s work intersects racial, religious, and all other dimensions of diversity and inclusion. A passionate advocate for multicultural education, she has devoted her career to educating leaders and educators about the value of inclusive education. She has presented her research at the White House, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and as a host of academic conferences. Prior to joining the faculty at Fairleigh Dickinson, Dr. Joshi was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University, where for two years she taught Asian American Studies and Comparative Ethnic Studies. She also taught in the American Studies program at Princeton University. Dr. Joshi is the author of the book New Roots in America’s Sacred Ground: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in Indian America (Rutgers University Press, 2006), which won the 2007 Phillip C. Chinn Book Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME).  She co-edited Understanding Religious Oppression and Christian Privilege (Sense, 2008). She has co-authored chapters on religious oppression and immigration, racism, and globalization for the second editions of Readings for Diversity and Social Justice and Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice. Dr. Joshi was the Religion, Schools, and Society section editor for the Encyclopedia on Diversity in Education.

About the American Conference on Diversity

The programs, services, and initiatives of the American Conference on Diversity are among the most important work focused on creating a more inclusive society. It is the unfinished business of living in a highly diverse nation: educating and empowering our next generation of leaders; enhancing our workplaces; and helping to create inclusive communities. The American Conference on Diversity, which has been serving schools, organizations, workplaces, and communities in New Jersey since 1948, builds on a historic mission and creates programs and activities relevant and vital to 21st Century life. It is a journey we can all take together. The American Conference on Diversity operates Regional Community Networks covering all of New Jersey. Visit to learn more.


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