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Advancing and Advocating for Social Justice & Equity


The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) was founded in 1990 to bring together individuals from all academic levels and disciplines and from diverse educational institutions, and other organizations, occupations and communities who had an interest in multicultural education. NAME is committed to a philosophy of inclusion that embraces the basic tenets of democracy and cultural pluralism.

NAME celebrates cultural and ethnic diversity as a national strength that enriches a society and rejects the view that diversity threatens the fabric of a society. NAME believes that multicultural education promotes equity for all regardless of culture, ethnicity, race, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, belief system or exceptionality. NAME believes that multicultural education enables the individual to believe in one's own intrinsic worth and culture, to transcend monoculturalism and, ultimately, to become multicultural. This developmental process is at the center of the individual's quest to define one's relationship and responsibility to our global society. NAME recognizes that individuals have not always been and perhaps never will be in complete agreement regarding the definitions and goals of multicultural education - and that continuing debate is healthy.

Founding Members of NAME

Rose Duhon-Sells
NAME Founder and First President
Southern University of New Orleans


G. Pritchy Smith
First Vice-President of NAME
University of North Florida


H. Prentice Baptiste, Jr.
New Mexico State University

James E. Anderson
University of Houston


Lesley McAvoy Baptiste
Houston Public Schools


Samuel H. Bolden


James B. Boyer
Kansas State University


Charlotte R. Bell
California State University at San Marcos


Glenn A. Doston
Ohio University


Cherry Ross Gooden
Texas Southern University


John Hendricks
Alcorn State University
John Hendricks passed away in 2004.


Tonya Huber
St. Cloud State University


Marjorie Kyle
Mesa Community College



Alfread G. Mouton
Dr. Mouton passed away in July, 2004

Cornel Pewewardy
Portland State University


Isaiah Sessoms
Clarion University of Pennsylvania


Samuel E. Spaght
Wichita Public Schools
Dr. Spaght passed away in May, 2000.


Porter Lee Troutman, Jr.
University of Nevada at Las Vegas



Doris C. Vaughn
Alabama A & M University
Dr. Vaughn passed away in 1999.

Maureen Vanterpool
Miami University

Past Presidents of NAME


Rose Duhon-Sells
Southern University of New Orleans
NAME Founder
President, 1990-1994

Carl A. Grant
University of Wisconsin, Madison
President, 1994-1999

Donna M. Gollnick
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
President, 1999-2001


William A. Howe
Connecticut State Department of Education
President, 2001-2003

Theresa Montaño
Cal State University Northridge
President, 2003-2005

University of Michigan, Programs for Educational Opportunity
Tasha Lebow
University of Michigan-Programs for Educational Opportunity
President, 2005-2007

Deborah Johnson Jones
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
President, 2007-2009

Cherry Ross Gooden
Texas Southern University
President, 2009-2010

Christine Sleeter, , Professor Emerita, Cal State University Monterey Bay, President Elect of NAME

Christine Sleeter
Professor Emerita
Cal State University-Monterey Bay
President, 2010-2012


Kevin Kumashiro
University of San Francisco
President, 2012-2014

Francisco Rios
Western Washington University
President, 2014-2016


H. Prentice Baptiste, Jr.
New Mexico State University
President, 2016-2018

Ann Lopez
University of Toronto
President, 2018-2020

Lisa Zagumny
Tennesee Tech University
President, 2020-2023