Colorado Association of Multicultural Educators started out in the
mid-1990's as an informal monthly meeting of school district
multicultural coordinators, those who had the responsibility without
the title, CDE officials involved with diversity issues,
organizations involved in equity and independent diversity
individuals met to plan how to improve the multicultural climate of
schools, to educate each other and to provide support in pursuit of
this important mission.
that time, we have gained membership from across the state of
Colorado and have continued moving towards our goals.
Spring 2006, we became the ratified Colorado Chapter of the National
Assocation for Multicultural Education (CO-NAME).
CO-NAME will positively impact educational equity for all
students in Colorado.
CO-NAME will encourage an awareness of diversity and
equity issues as it relates to student achievement.
CO-NAME will establish ongoing dialogue that recognizes,
supports, and respects human diversity.
CO-NAME will assist educational institutions in promoting
multicultural education as an integral part of the educational
CO-NAME will provide support to build the will, skill,
knowledge, and capacity to challenge the inequities in public
The mission of CO-NAME is to promote and support
multicultural education as a means of achieving the full academic
potential of every learner in Colorado by:
Advocating for educational equity and
Fostering an appreciation for diversity
Sharing knowledge and resources
Underlying Belief Statements:
WE are consciously and proactively committed to
promoting school cultures that demonstrate equity and high
expectations in practice and people.
WE believe that diversity includes, but not limited
to, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, gender,
sexual orientation, religion, age, socioeconomic status, family
structure, language, disability, and immigration status.
WE believe that people's beliefs, prejudices, values,
and biases must be meaningfully addressed in order to eliminate
individual and institutional practices and policies that hinder
student's ability to learn.
WE believe that educators and communities have a
critical role in eradicating the inequities and prejudices that
hinder students' ability to