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FAU Hosts Global Education Symposium

BOCA RATON, FL (May 11, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University’s College of Education recently hosted more than 100 educators, administrators and students at its inaugural Global Education Symposium at the Renaissance Hotel in Boca Raton. The symposium focused on the best practice approaches and methods for educating citizens in a diverse world.

Dr. James Banks, founding director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington in Seattle, was the event’s keynote speaker and ignited the crowd with his call to “stay the course” in work to promote social justice.

            “Education shall enable all persons to participate effectively in a free society, promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations and all racial, ethnic or religious groups,” said Banks, the Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies at the University of Washington.   

            A keynote response by Dr. Margarita Pinkos, executive director of multicultural education for the Palm Beach County Public School District, put into perspective the creative global educational practices being employed in local school districts.  Dr. Valerie Bristor, dean of FAU’s College of Education, provided the welcome.

Breakout sessions led by some of Florida’s most respected voices explored educational strategies for Haitians who came to Florida following the earthquake, recent events associated with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the global initiative called “Education for All,” FAU’s international partnerships and school-level efforts to internationalize the curriculum.


About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. For more information, visit

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