Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh’s NAME (National Association for Multicultural Education) Book chapter proposal was accepted for the upcoming first book of the NAME Series. The Diversity, Equity and Social Justice Handbook for Practicing Educators is a four-book series. This first handbook, Leadership, will provide school leaders with practical steps for implementing multicultural education into schools. Here is the abstract of Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh’s contribution to book:
Based on my interactions with my pre-service students and other people, I have come to the realization that a lot of times when multiculturalism is used, it is most likely in reference to celebrating different festivals, eating exotic foreign foods and wearing festive traditional clothing. This is what I refer to as “eating the other multiculturalism”. In this day and age, it is more than ever, crucial to move beyond this superficial conception of the word to critical multiculturalism; a conception that challenges leaders, theorists and practitioners not only to propagate the true concept but also to push buttons and engineer the association of social justice and equity with multiculturalism rather than “eating the other”. This chapter reexamines the concept and its pedagogical implications. More importantly, it offers recommendations for the practice of critical multiculturalism in classrooms and in our every day lives by reexamining the concept of multicultural education. School leaders can use this valuable resource for their own education and as a guide or teaching resource for their teachers.