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Future teachers to travel to Milwaukee for lesson on diversity in public schools

RELEASED: April 26, 2010

Dr. Christin DePouw
Dr. Christin DePouw

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students enrolled in a section of "Social Foundations: Human Relations" will travel to Milwaukee May 24-28 for an immersion experience in the Milwaukee Public Schools. The course and trip will focus on race, culture and public education in contemporary public schools.

The section is taught by Dr. Christin DePouw, assistant professor of education studies. According to DePouw, the group will experience more racially and economically diverse educational settings than can be found in the Eau Claire area.

"By linking an immersion experience with a course focused on equity, diversity and inclusivity issues such as race, culture, language and socioeconomic status, we intend to provide strong academic and experiential support for participating students," said DePouw. "Students will be better equipped to develop the skills, dispositions and knowledge needed to be effective and culturally responsive educators in their future practice as preK-12 teachers."

DePouw also said that the experience will provide "a more nuanced and realistic understanding of racial and economic inequities within public education."

For more information about the excursion, contact Dr. Christin DePouw at depouwca@uwec.edu or 715-836-5587.

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