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Source: Joy Whitney, 785-532-6506, joyw@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415, kmayes@k-state.edu

Monday, March 30, 2009

HOW STUDENTS TAKE PART IN A DIVERSE DEMOCRACY WILL BE FOCUS OF K-STATE'S CHESTER E. PETERS LECTURE APRIL 10

MANHATTAN -- Sylvia Hurtado, professor and director of the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles, will present Kansas State University's Chester E. Peters Lecture in Student Development.

Hurtado's lecture, "Preparing College Students for a Diverse Democracy," will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 10, in the K-State Student Union's Forum Hall. The lecture, sponsored by the K-State College of Education dean's office, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available following the event.

Hurtado is widely published in several areas related to student development, including educational outcomes, campus climates, college impact on student development and diversity in higher education. Among the national research projects she has coordinated was a U.S. Department of Education-sponsored project looking at how colleges are preparing students to achieve the cognitive, social and democratic skills to participate in a diverse democracy. Hurtado has a Ph.D. in education from UCLA, a master of education from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Princeton University.