The Texas Chapter of National Association for Multicultural Education
The 16th Annual 2017, Region 5-Texas NAME Conference
will be hosted at
Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, Texas
April 7-8, 2017

Professional Early Bird Registration through April 1st - $100 with lunch included
Registration after April 1st - $125 with no lunch guarantee for on-site registration)

Keynote Speakers


Dr. Cherry Ross Gooden formerly served as an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. This 1964 graduate of Texas Southern University earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading, at Texas Southern University (TSU). In addition, Dr. Gooden received her Doctorate of Education Degree in Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies with a program emphasis in Multicultural Education at the University of Houston. 

Dr. Gooden, a dedicated, committed teacher with more than 48 years of teaching experience at both the elementary and university levels, retired from TSU in 2013 after 36 years of service. Before joining the TSU College of Education faculty in 1976, she was an elementary teacher for Houston Independent School District for 12 years. In addition to her role as a faculty member at TSU, Dr. Gooden has been a consultant for various school districts in the state of Texas as well throughout the nation. Her passion for teaching and learning has been shared with many elementary, middle, and high school students as she is a sought after motivational speaker who inspires young people to fulfill their God-given purpose. It is this dedication to teaching and learning that resulted in Dr. Gooden being the recipient of two prestigious awards. She was recognized as a “Hero in Education” by the Xi Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Ivy League Educational and Charities Foundation. She was also the recipient of the W.E.B. Dubois Higher Education Award presented to her at the 41st Annual Conference of the National Alliance of Black School Educators held in Detroit, Michigan, November 2013. 

Dr. Gooden is a member of many professional organizations including the National Association for Multicultural Education (where she is a founding member, a past National President and a current member of the NAME Board of Directors), the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education where she is a past State President, and the National Alliance of Black School Educators where she also served on the National Board of Directors. She recently completed a two-year term as Branch Secretary for the Houston Branch of the NAACP. Dr. Gooden is active in several organizations including Jack and Jill of America, Top Ladies of Distinction, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Dr. Gooden, a member of Abundant Life Cathedral, is listed in Who's Who Among Black Americans and Who's Who in American Education, and is the mother of two children. 
Dr. Marlon C. James is an Assistant Professor of Urban Education, and the Co-Director of the Collaborative for Advancing Urban School Excellence (C.A.U.S.E.) at Texas A&M University. He earned a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with foci in urban and multicultural education from Texas A&M University (2008) as the 2005 PhD Diversity Research Fellow.  He took his B.S. and M.S. in Sociology of Race & Ethnic Relations from Illinois State University as the first Future Professor Scholar in 1998, and voted by the faculty as the 2012 outstanding alumna. Dr. James’ research, teaching and service center on transforming learning and teaching in urban schools, and organizing community resources to meet the developmental needs of young men of color.  Dr. James’ most current research presents the SPARK of Genius, an aspirational framework establishing cultural, social and academic benchmarks for young men of color based upon the experiences, wisdom and insight of successful men of color. 

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                                                             Conference Location
  The Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center (ECRC) at Stephen F. Austin State University

                                        Address: 2428 Raguet Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961

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