Announcing the NAME 2014 Conference Theme for the 24th International Conference
Hilton Golf & Tennis Resort • Tucson AZ – Nov. 5 – 9, 2014
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Dismantling Fronteras through Multicultural Education: Con Comunidad, Cariño y Coraje
Many fronteras (borders) aim to divide us as a human family. Most obvious are those geo-political fronteras that divide one nation from another, even when they separate people who share common socio-cultural histories. Some of the most problematic fronteras exist within the tacit ideologies that guide our actions and that have colonized our minds. Ideological fronteras are created to divide people and to reinforce hierarchies: Whites over Blacks, rich over poor, males over females, heterosexuals over LGBTQ, able bodied over disabled, citizen over recent arrival, English speakers over speakers of other languages, non-Indigenous over Indigenous. These hierarchies create “others” of those who are pushed to the margins.
We recognize that fronteras while having been created can also be dismantled. Fronteras are, after all, constructed by people and as such can be dismantled by people. Dismantling fronteras is no easy task, as strong forces are at play to keep people divided and power in the hands of the privileged few. Dismantling them asks that we engage in meaningful interaction and respectful dialogue aimed at understanding each other, seeking places of commonality while affirming our social differences, and building capacity for social change. This requires that we build a sense of comunidad (community), filled with cariño (loving care) and the coraje (courage) to have the difficult but critical conversations at the heart of building our capacity for change. It asks that we reach across lines of difference to enter another’s world, building solidarity in a struggle for equity, inclusion, access and justice.