In our increasingly diverse society, all practitioners need to know how to teach and reach young people of all backgrounds. What attitudes, values, dispositions, actions, and practices can help practitioners become culturally responsive?

Dr. Sonia NietoThe Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series invited Dr. Sonia Nieto, a leading authority in the field of multiculturalism and Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy and Culture in the School of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst to the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus on May 1, 2013 to address "what it takes" to be culturally responsive by highlighting her latest research with educators from around the nation .

Dr. Nieto has taught students from elementary school through doctoral studies and her research focuses on multicultural education, teacher education, and the education of Latinos, immigrants, and other students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She has written many journal articles and book chapters and several books on these topics including most recently Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education (6th ed, 2012, with Patty Bode), The Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities (2nd edition, 2010), and Language, Culture, and Teaching: Critical Perspectives (2nd ed, 2010).