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Sonia Nieto

Senior Research Fellow
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Sonia Nieto is Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy and Culture at the College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A leader in the field of multiculturalism, ethnic studies, and teacher education, her work seeks to shed light on common institutional policies and practices that perpetuate racism, inequality, and other forms of exclusion in learning environments, and to show teachers and other educators how to effectively confront these challenges. Nieto is the recipient of 9 honorary doctorates and has received numerous awards for her research, writing, and advocacy, including the Centro Trailblazer Award from the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY. Her 1992 book Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education (Pearson) was selected as "one of the books that helped define the field of education in the 20th century" by the Museum of Education. Nieto is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, a member of the National Academy of Education, and a Laureate of Kappa Delta Pi.