WWU's 2019 Munro Seminar takes on the future of Higher Ed and Equity and Diversity Issues in K-12 classrooms

Western Washington University’s Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education will host its annual seminar for civic education on Oct. 22 and 23.

All events are free and open to the public. 

This year’s theme is “ Educational Futures: From K through College.” The keynote speaker is Maria Salazar of Teaching and Learning Sciences and Teacher Education Program at the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education. Her address will be delivered at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Harold and Irene Walton Room of the Mount Baker Theatre. Salazar’s research focuses on transformative teacher preparation with a focus on humanizing pedagogies, equitable and effective teaching, and college access and success for LatinX students.

The seminar will also feature panels on WWU’s campus on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The program for the panels is as follows:


Wednesday, Oct. 23 – WWU’s Wilson Library Reading Room

Higher Education in the 21st Century: Between Vocationalism and the Liberal Arts:  from 2:30-4 p.m.

Moderator, Steve Vanderstaay, WWU Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education

  • Maud Daudon, Career Connect Washington
  • Johann Neem, WWU Professor of History 
  • Senator Marko Liias, Member, Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee
  • Kimberly Perry, President, Bellingham Technical College 

Equity, Inclusion and Diversity in K-12 Education: from 4:30-6 p.m.

Moderator, Francisco Rios, WWU Professor Secondary of Education  

  • Liv Finne, Director of the Center for Education, Washington Policy Center
  • Kate Destler, Department of Political Science, WWU – Charter Schools
  • Veronica Velez, department of Secondary Education, WWU, Family and Community Engaged Teaching Program (FACET).

For more information, contact Vernon Johnson, Western Washington University professor of Political Science and program director for the Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education at (360) 650-4874 or Vernon.Johnson@wwu.edu. Or visit our website at