AMES, Iowa — Geneva Gay, an international expert on multicultural education, will speak about “Culturally Responsive Teaching” in a lecture Friday, Sept. 16, at Iowa State University.

Part of  a two-day event, Gay’s presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Kocimski Auditorium, 101 College of Design. The talk is free and open to the public.

She will also facilitate “Expanding Diversity Perspectives: A Curriculum Development Workshop” for College of Design faculty members Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill Hall.

Gay is a professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Seattle, where she teaches multicultural education and general curriculum theory. She is internationally known for her scholarship in multicultural education, particularly as it relates to curriculum design, staff development, classroom instruction and the intersections of culture, race, ethnicity, teaching and learning. She has been a multicultural education consultant for institutions and organizations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Finland, Japan, Scotland and Taiwan.

Gay is the author of “Expressively Black: The Cultural Basis of Ethnic Identity” (Praeger, 1987); “At the Essence of Learning: Multicultural Education” (Kappa Delta Publications, 1994); “Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, Research and Practice” (Teachers College Press, 2000, 2010), which received the 2001 Outstanding Writing Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; and “A Synthesis of Scholarship in Multicultural Education” (North Central Regional Educational Laboratory). She is the editor of “Becoming Multicultural Educators: Personal Journey Toward Professional Agency” (Jossey-Bass, 2003) and a member of the authorship team of the Scott Foresman New Elementary Social Studies Series. She serves on several national editorial review and advisory boards.

She has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 1990 Distinguished Scholar Award by the American Educational Research Association Committee on the Role and Status of Minorities in Educational Research and Development; the first Multicultural Educator Award by the National Association of Multicultural Education in 1994; the 2004 W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Lecturer Award by the American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group on Research Focus on Black Education; and the 2006 Mary Anne Raywid Award for Distinguished Scholarship in the Field of Education by the Society of Professors of Education.

Gay holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies and a master’s degree in history from the University of Akron, Ohio, and a PhD in education from the University of Texas at Austin.

Gay’s lecture and the workshop are cosponsored by the ISU Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, College of Design Office of the Dean and University Museums.

Mark Chidister, Design Administration, (515) 294-7428, markchid@iastate.edu
Audrey Kennis, Design Multicultural Liaison Office, (515) 294-9555, kennis@iastate.edu
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289, hsauer@iastate.edu