Recent Events

Recent Events

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Here is a recording of the forum (see below for a description of the event).

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BELLINGHAM – Area residents will get the chance to hear from candidates seeking the state Superintendent of Public Instruction post during a forum to be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave.

The forum, free and open to the public, is hosted by Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education, Bellingham Public Schools and the League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund.  

       Candidates who are expected to attend are:

  • Robin Fleming, administrator for health programs, state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction;
  • Ron Higgins, a teacher and retired engineer from West Richland;
  • Erin Jones, a Tacoma Public Schools administrator;
  • Chris Reykdal, state representative, 22nd Legislative District;
  • Larry Seaquist, a U.S. Navy veteran and former state representative;
  • David Spring, a parent and teacher from North Bend.

Current OSPI Superintendent Randy Dorn has announced he will not seek a third four-year term for the nonpartisan position. A primary election in August will narrow the field to two candidates, with the new superintendent selected by voters in November.

The forum will be moderated by the League of Women Voters, who will ask candidates questions regarding the role of the superintendent, as well as current education issues and initiatives.  Questions from the audience will be taken for the last 30 minutes of the forum.

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 public education in the state of Washington. Located in Olympia and currently led by Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than 1 million public school students.


For more information, contact Courianne Willard.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Miller Hall 239

For questions, please contact Trish Skillman:

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm


A flyer containing a picture of Noémi Ban and information pertaining to the event

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The number of opportunities to listen, in person, to survivors of the Holocaust describe their tragic experiences and inspire us with their wisdom are passing; therefore, it is with honor and respect that the Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education welcomes Mrs. Noémi Ban to Western Washington University’s campus.

Mrs.  Ban’s story is one of loss, tragedy, resiliency, hope, and inspiration. A survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Mrs. Ban lost her mother, grandmother, and younger sister and brother to the horrors of the death camps, and she later was imprisoned in the slave labor camp at Buchenwald. After the Holocaust, she was witness to the 1956 Soviet repression of the anti-communist uprising in Hungary. Later in life, Mrs. Ban also experienced her husband Earnest’s attenuated struggle with aphasia, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease. Her belief that sharing is healing has brought her once more to Western’s campus, where she will speak of her experience. 

To reserve a seat, click the button on the CEED website or contact CEED at (360)-650-3827.

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

You Are Warmly Invited!All For One Flyer

Please join us for the 3rd Annual ALL FOR ONE, AND ONE FOR ALL BENEFIT in the WWU's Viking Union Room 565 overlooking beautiful Bellingham bay. We have another great evening planned with the Woodring Diversity Scholars, a wine reception, special raffle, live entertainment and a delicious catered dinner buffet featuring international cuisine!

Our program will consist of a series of short performances by Woodring and Western students. We look forward to counting on your generous support for a great cause at this special event.

Please RSVP by April 8.

Location: VU 565

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

A 10 Year Retrospective of Educational Controversies:

Come and Celebrate the Anniversary of the Journal of Educational Controversy


Where: Center for Education, Equity, and Diversity in Miller Hall 005

The Journal for Educational Controversy is pleased to share its 10th anniversary with the Western Campus, the greater community and with our digital readers and contributors. As part of the celebration and continued discussion, the Journal in collaboration with the Center for Education, Equity and Diversity and the Education and Social Justice Minor program are hosting a retrospective look at the past 10 years of the Journal. Now in its 18th year, the forum will host authors who have contributed to the Journal and who will share their current thinking and research about some of our most pressing educational challenges. 

Following the presentations, the audience will have opportunities to interact with the authors and share educational controversies that they would like to see as topics for future issues of the journal. Members of the audience are encouraged to think about the kinds of controversies that they face as teachers and prospective teachers in the k-12 system, as human service professionals, as adult educators, and as college students, etc., in Woodring and Western. 

Most importantly, the audience is invited to think about the links between the past and the present pursuit of social justice in both the k-12 system as well as in higher education.  How can we articulate these issues in a way that brings greater depth to our understanding of the conflict of values and the complexity of ideas that characterize our pluralistic society, and that opens up new ways of imagining a more just, inclusive, and democratic educational environment for the future.

Topics and presenters for this year’s forum include:

In Person:

Dr. Maria Timmons Flores’ paper helped school professionals understand the experiences and challenges students who are undocumented face, and offered tangible roles schools can play in rethinking policies and practices to counter everyday injustices. The paper was informed by a legal context, current political realities, and critical race theory.

Dr. Daniel Larner was the co-editor for the issue on the school-to-prison pipeline and his papers covered the conflicts over the censorship of speech, and a very timely piece on the education of politicians as playwrights with the skills and capacity to work with and through difference to construct civil laws, institutions, amenities, opportunities, and protections.   

Dr. Bill Lyne’s paper, “Beautiful Losers” addressed the theme of our 2008 issue that asked how are we to “fulfill the traditional moral imperative of our schools to create a public capable of sustaining the life of a democracy . . . .in an age of the Patriot Act and similar antiterrorism legislation . . . all likely to involve violations of civil rights and liberties” by problematizing the question against the historical realities of our nation’s history.  Dr. Lyne is the co-editor of our upcoming issue on “Black Lives Matter and the Education Industrial Complex.”

By Video:

Dr. Alice Ginsberg – “No Excuses Charter Schools” and a critique of the film Waiting for Superman

Dr. John Covaleskie – Religion and Public Schools

Dr. Leslie Locke and Dr. Ann Blankenship – The Banning of the Mexican American curriculum in Tucson, AZ.


  • Lorraine Kasprisin, Editor, Journal of Educational Controversy
  • Kristen French, Director of the Center for Education, Equity and Diversity

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Sorry, the conference is now full and the deadline for registration has passed. Thank you for your interest! 

Where:  WWU Wilson Library Reading Room   When:  8:00 Check in for High School Participants (College students welcome); 11:30 Check in for College Student Participants   Date:  April 15


Woodring College of Education of Western Washington University is hosting the 5th Annual Celebrating Diversity in Education Conference, April 15, 2016.  This annual event is a collaborative effort by Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College, and Skagit Valley College.  

The conference:  

  • Brings together high school, community college, and university students, staff and faculty, and parents
  • Offers a meaningful opportunity to explore pathways to teaching, community service, and social impact
  • Features a focus on supporting racioethnic and diverse students, first-generation college, and those from marginalized economic backgrounds to become teachers and human services professionals as well as become more aware of social justice issues and how education is a conduit for change.

This year's conference speakers are: 

  • Miguel Perez, Asst. Principal (Pullayup School District),
  • Ms. Diann Ojikutu (27-year veteran of teaching, retired), and
  • Jared Ibarra Del Bosque (Woodring Alum, Family Liaison for Bellingham School District). 

In addition, we will have a student panel to discuss what it takes to be a college student, how to prepare, and how to survive the transition.  This year’s format will include interactive sessions and workshops with two tracks:  High School Students (offered in the morning) and College Students (offered in the afternoon).  Both groups will overlap during the lunch portion and mid-day keynote speaker.  We expect up to 200 attendees.



Pathways to Teaching, Service, & Social Impact


Friday, April 15, 2016




8:00-8:20 am                Conference Check-in


8:20-8:30 am                Welcome—Mistress of Ceremony
                                      Dr. Karen McLean Dade, Associate Dean, Woodring College of Education

                                      Morning Opening Cultural Moment
                                      Rudy Vendiola, Native Community Coordinator, Ferndale School District


8:30-9:00 am                Morning Keynote—Jared Ibarra De Los Bosques


Morning Sessions Time Slots

 Interactive Engagement Sessions

Workshop Sessions

9:05-10:15 am

9:05-10:00 am

10:20 am-11:35 am

10:15-11:10 am

11:40 am-12 Noon  (Wall/Gallery)

11:15-11:40 am  (Wall/Gallery)

11:45 am                       Box Lunch pick up begins


12:00-12:30 pm          Networking Lunch  (College Students and High Schools Discuss Gallery Walk Responses)


12:30-1:10 pm            Afternoon Keynote—Miguel Perez


1:15-1:30 pm                High School Students Depart


Afternoon Sessions Time Slots         

Interactive Engagement Sessions

Workshop Sessions


1:15-2:05 pm


2:05-2:55 pm

3:10-3:30 pm                Student Reflection—Open Mic

3:30-4:00 pm                Closing Keynote—Diann Ojikutu

4:00 pm                         Remarks/Departure  


Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Planning to apply to the Elementary Education program? Come get all your questions answered by the Elementary Education Department and Teacher Education Admissions.

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 12:00pm

Join CEED in the upcoming weeks for our annual CEED Film Festival. We will be watching two or three films a week and having a guided discussion of issues raised in the film afterwards. Come down to MH 005, bring a friend, and a snack. These are meant to be lunchtime opportunities to engage with current social and cultural issues through film. Don’t worry if you have to come late or leave early.

Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien

The Academy Award-winning Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien, a documentary by filmmaker Jessica Yu, explores the unique world of Mark O'Brien, the poet-journalist who lived for four decades paralyzed in an iron lung.

Location: MH 005

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Dr. David Stovall will be speaking on Tuesday, March 8th from 4:00-6:00 pm in Fraser 102.Poster: Justice Does Not Happen in a Vacuum: Race, Rights and the Possibility of Now

His talk is entitled, Justice Does Not Happen in a Vacuum: Race, Rights and the Possibility of Now. He will be discussing state-sanctioned violence against Black communities (and other communities of color), situating contemporary youth movements within a context of community resistance to systems of racialized oppression and violence, ultimately urging educators and community leaders alike to move beyond tough talk.

David Stovall, Ph.D., is a Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Stovall has written extensively about race, racism, and the role of community in creating transformative schools. His scholarship investigates four areas:

  1. Critical Race Theory,
  2. concepts of social justice in education,
  3. the relationship between housing and education, and
  4. the relationship between schools and community stakeholders.

Dr. Stovall has spent the last 10 years working with community organizations and schools to develop curriculum that address issues of social justice. He also serves as a volunteer social studies teacher at the Lawndale Little Village School of Social Justice.

Location: FR 102

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 1:00pm

Join CEED in the upcoming weeks for our annual CEED Film Festival. We will be watching two or three films a week and having a guided discussion of issues raised in the film afterwards. Come down to MH 005, bring a friend, and a snack. These are meant to be lunchtime opportunities to engage with current social and cultural issues through film. Don’t worry if you have to come late or leave early.


E KOMO MAI! A Place in the Middle is the true story of a young girl in Hawaiʻi who dreams of leading the boys-only hula group at her school.

Location: MH 005