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John and Mary Sue Oehler Lecture for Educational Leadership

One of the School of Education’s signature events, the John and Mary Sue Oehler Lecture for Educational Leadership brings internationally-renowned speakers to campus to provide their expertise on key issues in education.

Created in honor of Dr. John S. Oehler, who served as dean of the School of Education from 1985-2002, this annual lecture is free and open to all VCU faculty, staff and students as well as the general public. Previous presenters have included Dr. Peter Smagorinsky, a professor of language and literacy education at the University of Georgia; and the dean of William & Mary’s School of Education, Dr. Virginia L. McLaughlin.

This year’s event

Dr. Gándara

Dr. Patricia Gándara

Patricia Gándara
Professor of Education, UCLA
Co-Director, The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles

Keynote Title:
"Latino students: Challenging Myths and Reframing Assets"

March 1, 2018, 4:30-6 p.m.

VCU Sport Medicine Building
1300 W. Broad Street, ​Richmond, Va. 23284​

This year’s Oehler Lecture will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. on March 1, 2018 in the VCU Sport Medicine Building at 1300 W. Broad Street, and will feature Dr. Patricia Gándara, research professor and co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. Dr. Gándara's keynote address, "Latino students: Challenging myths and Reframing Assets," will provide an overview of the challenges facing the Latino community and the educators that serve them and will attempt to highlight assets that make the changing demographics a win-win situation for Virginia.

Dr. Gándara is an elected fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Academy of Education. In 2011, she was appointed to President Obama’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and in 2015 received the Distinguished Career Award from the Scholars of Color Committee of the American Educational Research Association. Her most recent books are "The Latino Education Crisis" (2009); "Forbidden Language: English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies" (2010); and "The Bilingual Advantage: Language, Literacy, and the U.S. Labor Market" (2014). She is currently preparing a manuscript on "The Impact of Immigration Enforcement Policies on Teaching and Learning in the Nation’s Schools."


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