The CME is focused in three main priority areas:

  1. facilitating PK-20 multicultural education-focused scholarship-to-practice efforts;
  2. serving as a campus and community resource for training, education, and professional development on issues of social justice; and,
  3. producing and disseminating critically-conscious scholarship to inform local, state, national and international education policy.

Through these three areas, the CME prioritizes contemporary interdisciplinary work:

  1. to dismantle educational inequity in PK-20+ settings by building interpersonal and intellectual educational climates that affirm historically and persistently marginalized and minoritized students (HPMMS);
  2. situated in the "other" ways of knowing, cultural capital, community wealth, and related protective resistance and resilience characteristics of HPMMS that enable their persistence;
  3. that cultivates durable and effective education pathways and community-embedded partnerships for HPMMS; and,
  4. to revitalize and extend radically operative continuing multicultural education for campus and community constituents and stakeholders committed to the success of HPMMS.

Through the three priority areas, the CME also distributes resources to state leaders in all sectors of the economy to ensure better understanding of conditions of educational inequity and injustice in order to leverage resources for HPMM youth-centered educational reform and transformation.

The CME supports students and community through:

  1. the study and practice of multicultural education in ways that both honor the Ethnic Studies roots of the field, and expand inquiry and action through intersectional analysis of, and intervention to eradicate, barriers to access, equity, and excellence in the PK-20+ educational experiences of HPMMS;
  2. research, teaching, service, and advocacy to interrupt and dismantle systems of educational oppression that disproportionately affect HPMMS in Nevada; and,
  3. development of a justice framework to inform its work.

According to the Research Justice Center of the Coalition of Communities of Color in Washington County Portland Oregon:

  1. a justice framework "starts with the premise that research processes and practices must be just and equitable in order for outcomes to be just and equitable;"
  2. a justice framework understands that "mainstream research practices have reduced communities of color to [research] 'subjects'..."; and,
  3. a justice framework "creates space for communities to be leaders and partners at all decision points [in] research process[es]" (p. 12).

The CME works collaboratively to develop and actualize a justice framework through which to achieve all of its goals in service to and partnership with our students and their families here in Southern Nevada, as well as across the state, region, country, and around the world.






In 2004, Dr. Porter L. Troutman, Professor Emeritus in the UNLV College of Education, founded the Center for Multicultural Education (CME). A UNLV faculty member from 1971 to 2016, Dr. Troutman was driven to establish the Center to focus attention–through research, teaching, service, and advocacy–on addressing long-standing educational inequities and injustices through multicultural education. As the second and, to date, the second-longest serving African American faculty member at UNLV, Dr. Troutman experienced–including as a faculty member–many of the inequities and injustices that he fought to dismantle through the Center's efforts. Under Dr. Troutman's leadership, between 2010-2014 the Center founded, edited, and published the Journal of Praxis in Multicultural Education, hosted the 11th (2001) and 20th (2010) annual international conferences of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), and built a partnership with the Clark County School District's Equity and Diversity Education Department through which pre-eminent scholar-practitioners in the field of multicultural education, including Dr. James A. Banks, Dr. Geneva Gay, Dr. Donna Gollnick, Dr. Carl Grant, Dr. Sonia Nieto, and Dr. Christine Sleeter, provided an array of campus- and community-based professional development offerings. In one way or another, all of these endeavors continue to this day. "We are grateful for Dr. Troutman's foundational work to establish the Center," noted Dr. Danica G. Hays, Dean of the College.



The reactivated CME is co-led by Christine Clark (CME Co-Director), who is a Professor and Senior Scholar in Multicultural Education and Founding Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, and by Norma A. Marrun (CME Co-Director), who is an Associate Professor of Cultural Studies, International Studies, and Multicultural Education. Dr. Clark and Dr. Marrun are faculty members in the COE's Department of Teaching and Learning and co-lead graduate certificate programs and master's and doctoral degree programs in the Cultural Studies, International Education, and Multicultural Education (CSIEME or "See Me") emphasis area. Tonya Walls, UNLV Visiting Faculty, and Tara J. Plachowski, an independent Equity-focused Educator and Scholar, are CME Affiliates. Dr. Walls is working to deepen the CME's education-related community embeddedness, including through Equity Matters: Examining the Black Education Pipeline, and Dr. Plachowski is working on developing literature reviews to support CME scholarship. Both Affiliates are also doing their own research and producing their own scholarship in areas related to the goals and objectives of the CME. Cecelia "Édan" González is the CME's Graduate Research Assistant, a Ph.D. student in the CSIEME program, and newly-elected state Assemblywoman (District 16).



The CME has a foundation–roots if you will–so some clear directions it will pursue. AND the Center has no ceiling–thus it has wings–so we would love to hear about other directions you would like to see the Center pursue through collaboration with you. While we are not exactly sure what such collaboration will or could look like yet, we are sure we can figure that out through meaningful engagement with you. Contact us at to get involved.