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 Tuesday, January 25, 2005 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

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BUENO Center Works to Promote Cultural Diversity in Education
By Allison Sylvest

The BUENO Center for Multicultural Education celebrated a milestone in its 28-year history last month: achieving $52 million in grants to fund various multicultural research and training projects.

BUENO Center has been an integral part of the School of Education since 1976. Executive Director Leonard Baca named the center after his family's company in New Mexico, BUENO Foods.

"Later he was asked what the acronym BUENO stood for and he came up with Bilinguals United for Education and New Opportunities," said Raymond "Rocky" Hill, associate director of the center.

BUENO Center programs and initiatives include a broad range of research, training and service opportunities that promote social justice and more equitable and diverse society through research and training emphasizing cultural pluralism.

"We train teachers, paraprofessionals and special educators to be effective on a lot of different levels," said Hill. "They learn to be sensitive to students who do not have English as their first language or who have backgrounds different from that of the majority of their peers. Our graduates are able to teach all students with a special awareness of their needs."

The center's multicultural research and training programs are largely funded by the U.S. Department of Education. BUENO Center staff administer various undergraduate, graduate and research projects that promote quality education for all students.

Currently, the center is collaborating with Front Range Community College's Boulder campus and Aims Community College's Fort Lupton campus to implement two new Career Ladder programs. The programs work toward endorsement of teachers in ESL, bilingual and bilingual special education through training, licensure and professional development.

The BUENO Center also is collaborating with CU's Denver and Colorado Springs campuses to develop online special education courses that will lead to endorsement for teachers in Colorado who do not have access to graduate programs. The project is scheduled to be implemented by next fall.

For more information about the BUENO Center, visit the web site at www.colorado.edu/education/BUENO/



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