Sorry for the delay. From now until the 18th, EDEQUITY will sponsor "How Can
Gender Equity and Diversity Be Combined to Affect Change in Education?", an
online panel discussion. This is a particularly timely issue because of the
attacks on education, equity and diversity. How can supporters of gender equity
and/or diversity work together to protect education and effectively combat
threats to social justice. We expect this to be a provocative discussion that
outlines issues and provides solutions and invite you to participate.
Participation is simple, just reply to "Gender Equity and Diversity" messages.
Although simple, using the panel title is important in keeping the
conversation going. Please remember to send use "Gender Equity and Diversity" in
any message for the panel discussion. There are two panelists: Melissa Keyes and
Emiliano Zapata. Because I've had problems communicating with Emiliano over the
past few days, his bio and initial statement will not be sent at this time. You
may reply to/address them and/or other subscribers as you wish and as is
appropriate. If you have any questions, or if something isn't clear, feel free
to contact me.
Melissa Keyes, Ph.D., is president of Keyes Consulting, Inc., a company which
provides consulting and training on equity, diversity and civil rights
issues. She provides assistance to public schools in: compliance with
nondiscrimination laws; curriculum development and assessment; delivery of
instruction; extracurricular activities, including athletics; testing and
evaluation, and; nondiscrimination policy development and implementation.
In addition to her fourteen years of experience as a public school teacher,
Keyes worked as sex equity consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public
Instruction for fifteen years. She was elected to the steering committee of
the National Coalition for Sex Equity in Education and served two terms as
chair. She is the co founder of the Wisconsin Consortium for Sex Equity in
Education and has served on that organization's steering committee since its
birth in 1982. In 1988, Keyes received the "Outstanding Educator" award from
the Wisconsin Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. She
was awarded the "Activist/Policy" award from Women Educators of the American
Educational Research Association in 1994. In February, 1996, Keyes was
appointed to the Women's Educational Equity Act National Gender Equity Panel
by Richard Riley, Secretary, United States Department of Education.
Keyes earned a Master of Science and Ph.D degrees in educational
administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches
courses required for administrator certification. Her doctoral minor is in
curriculum and instruction.