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Educator to Hold Workshop on 'Culture of Poverty' Myth

(Posted September 8, 2008)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Paul Gorski, assistant professor of integrative and interdisciplinary studies at George Mason University, will host a workshop at Juniata College on "The 'Culture of Poverty' and Other Myths that Harm Low-income People," at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 15 in the Sill Board Room in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus.

The workshop is free and open to the public.

Gorski is a member of EdChange, a team of educators who have developed workshops and resources that contribute to progressive change in society and local school systems. He has worked as a multicultural consultant for more than a decade. He also created and continues to maintain the Multicultural Pavilion, a Web site devoted to multicultural education.

Gorski has worked on inclusion and diversity issues for his entire career, starting as a multicultural education trainer at the University of Virginia in 1994. He also oversaw the Diversity Works program at the University of Maryland from 1998 to 1999. He stayed at the university through 2003, working as coordinator of intercultural student programs and assistant director of programs in the Office of Human Relations.

He joined the faculty at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. in 2003 as an assistant professor, where he taught graduate education courses. In 2008 he accepted a job as assistant professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Gorski earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and communications in 1994 from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. He also completed his graduate education at Virginia, earning a master's degree in education in 1995 and a doctoral degree in educational evaluation in 1998.

His areas of interest include anti-poverty education, institutional and individual transformation and school reform for elimination of racism, sexism and other inequities.


Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.