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School of Education Sparks Conversation Regarding Cultural Bias

Image Multicultural Education Donald Easton-Brooks, dean of the USD School of Education, and Geneva Gay, national expert on culturally responsive teaching.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Education is helping current and future teachers address cultural insensitivities and overcome cultural bias in today’s multicultural classrooms.

K-12 educators from the region and USD faculty recently took part in a campus workshop on culturally responsive teaching. The USD School of Education hosted internationally acclaimed author and scholar Geneva Gay, Ph.D., to lead the conversations that focused on using culture to meet the needs of a diverse student population.

The South Dakota Legislature earlier this year rejected a bill that would require public schools to teach students about the state’s tribal history, culture and government.

Prior to Gay’s arrival, South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s “Dakota Midday” interviewed Donald Easton-Brooks, Ph.D., dean of the USD School of Education, about the need for better multicultural education. Listen to that interview here.

Gay also sat down with Easton-Brooks for a question-and-answer session on the subject. Watch that interview here.


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, kinesiology and sport management, and teacher residency and education.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News