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March 31, 2015
By Erin Dillon, media relations assistant
Juan Rangel and students from Donnelly College’s Gateway to College Program will be the featured presenters for Northwest Missouri State University’s spring Ploghoft Diversity Lecture.
The lecture is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. It is free and open to the public.
Rangel, a 1990 Northwest alumnus and director of the Donnelly College’s Gateway to College program, alongside current students in the program, will speak about opportunities the program provides for at-risk and underprivileged students to continue their education.
Students from the Donnelly program will conduct a student panel after the lecture. Beforehand, they will tour the Northwest campus, eat lunch with faculty, and get a feel for what being on a college campus is like.
Students of multicultural classes in Northwest’s Department of Professional Education, who have had the opportunity to learn firsthand about working with at-risk students in an urban environment, also will share their experiences during the lecture. In previous trimesters, these students met and worked with Donnelly students and teachers. They enhanced their cultural awareness by visiting classrooms twice a trimester, reviewing curriculum and having one-on-one time with Gateway students.
“We want to build a real foundation with the program and the students in the program,” Dr. David Kiene, Northwest assistant professor of professional education and a member of the Diversity Committee, said. “The multicultural class is designed to create a more culturally responsive teacher and working with this program helps with that. The lecture will be beneficial for not only Northwest students but for the Donnelly students visiting Northwest’s campus as well.”
The Gateway to College Program is designed to empower students who have dropped out of high school but are looking for a second chance at earning their diploma and do so in a supportive college environment. Through the program, in conjunction with the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools and the Gateway to College National Network, students can earn college credit at Donnelly while working toward their high school diplomas. Upon finishing the program, students receive a high school diploma and an associate’s degree.
Through the collaborative efforts of the Northwest Diversity Committee and the Department of Professional Education, the Ploghoft Diversity Lecture Series provides opportunities for nationally and internationally renowned lecturers to share their knowledge regarding overarching diversity issues within the field of education. The lectures offer audiences additional ways to explore how diversity issues may impact their environments.
The lecture series is funded through the generosity of Dr. Milton Ploghoft of Athens, Ohio, and his late wife, Zella. Dr. Ploghoft, a 1949 Northwest alumnus, is professor emeritus at Ohio University. Mrs. Ploghoft, who passed away in June 2010, completed her elementary and secondary education at Horace Mann Laboratory School at Northwest. Dr. Ploghoft authored a number of textbooks in the social studies and lived abroad for many years, founding the College of Education in Kano, Nigeria, lecturing at Saigon University and leading the university's international programs in such disparate places as Chile, Cameroun, Botswana, the Yucatan, Swaziland and in what was then South Vietnam. In 1992, he became the founding editor of the African Education Research Network.
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