Published: Aug. 18, 2016

On Thursday, Aug. 25, Daniel Solórzano will deliver the Best Should Teach Lecture and Awards Ceremony keynote, “Using the Tools of Critical Race Theory and Racial Microaggressions to Examine Everyday Racism In and Out of the Classroom,” at 7 p.m. in the University Memorial Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

Solórzano is professor of social science and comparative education and director of the Center for Critical Race Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research uses a critical race theory framework to study everyday racism inside and outside of the classroom. He will examine how can educators can enhance the learning environment for students, as well as the working climate for themselves and their colleagues. Finally, he will engage the audience in a dialogue about how to improve the learning environment to maximize engagement, learning and discovery for our increasingly diverse community.

The Best Should Teach Lecture and Awards Ceremony will also honor CU Boulder faculty, lead graduate teachers and public school teachers with the Best Should Teach Gold and Silver Awards. The Best Should Teach Initiative celebrates excellence in teaching and academic leadership. The late Lindley and Marguerite Stiles established the initiative in 1996 to promote the ideal that “The Best Should Teach.” The initiative is managed by the Graduate Teacher Program, the School of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School.

To learn more about the lecture and the Best Should Teach initiative, visit