Event entitled, “‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?’ Creating Culturally Competent Education in the 21st Century”


IU Northwest School of Education and the Office of Diversity Programming is proud to announce Roger Cleveland, Ph.D., as the guest presenter for an upcoming campus event held Tuesday, Oct. 26. The event is entitled, “‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?’ Creating Culturally Competent Education in the 21st Century.” The lecture and Q&A will focus on the idea of creating environments that are responsive to the needs of diverse learners.

Individuals attending the event will discuss how cultural competency has implications for policy, programming, perspectives, personnel and practices in the field of higher education.

Teachers who attend this presentation can gain professional growth points for license renewal.

The event is free and open to the community, but all interested individuals must pre-register. Only the first 100 individuals will be accepted.


Tuesday, Oct. 26 – Registration begins at 8 a.m.; breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. The lecture will start promptly at 9 a.m.


IU Northwest – Library Conference Center (Room, 105ABC)

3400 Broadway (Library Conference Center is located on 35th Ave.)

Gary, IN 46408


There will be several interview opportunities available, including:

Interviews with:

o    Ken Coopwood, Sr., Ph.D., Director, IU Northwest Office of Diversity Programming

o    Karen Downing, IU Northwest School of Education

o    Possible interviews with Dr. Roger Cleveland may be arranged if requested in advance of event.


Cleveland is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). Prior to joining EKU, he served as an Assistant Professor at Morehead State University. He is credited with enhancing opportunities for pre-service teachers through culturally responsive program initiatives and modeled practices.

He served as Director of the Division of Federal Programs and Instructional Equity in the Kentucky Department of Education. Cleveland has also worked with inner city youth as an academic and social intervention counselor with the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative in Cincinnati Public Schools. He held the position of academic advisor for Middle Tennessee State University.

Cleveland’s research interests include the academic performance of African American students, African Americans in rural Appalachian schools, urban Appalachians and teacher expectations

Register for the event by contacting Karen Downing in the IU Northwest School of Education at (219) 980-6689 or downingk@iun.edu.

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