Pedro Noguera

UCLA faculty member Pedro Noguera

Pedro Noguera, one of the nation's most prominent professors of urban education, will visit IUPUI Oct. 11 as part of the 2016-17 Chancellor's Diversity Lecture Series. Noguera will speak at 6 p.m. in Campus Center Room 450 as the featured guest of the Office of Intercultural Literacy, Capacity and Engagement.

Intercultural Literacy, Capacity and Engagement, or ILCE, is part of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The office is directed by Courtney Elkin Mohler and was launched in August to provide workshops, discussions and programming to provide tools for individuals to work across their differences.

The programs and workshops ILCE provides usually run from between one hour to one week and feature facilitators available to students, faculty, staff and community organizations throughout Indiana.

Noguera is widely known for his scholarship on the ways schools are influenced by social and economic conditions. The UCLA faculty member was a featured speaker this past July at Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration.

"He spoke during the Summer Celebration Education Conference," said Vice Chancellor Karen Dace of the Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. "I've heard him a couple of times and found him to be terribly engaging, informed and inspiring."

Noguera often speaks about school reforms of the past decade and where they have fallen short of local and national goals. He is highly regarded as a social justice activist for children and often discusses the importance of identifying allies and organizing to work for change in the nation's schools.

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