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CEQP Symposium: South of the University

Event date: 
Friday, January 25, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

The countries of Central America are a compelling lens through which to examine educational and social systems at their most challenged. Devastated by decades of civil wars, natural disasters and economic paralysis, as well as military, social and drug-trafficking violence, Central American countries face enormous challenges as they strive to develop and sustain educational systems for their children. Very few children in the region have access to education - those that do rarely reach even 6th grade!

This past fall, faculty and staff from the College of Education’s Center for Equity Promotion, as well as from the Eugene 4j School District and the University of Washington, partnered with community and non-governmental organizations, community leaders, and ministry officials from four of the Central American countries to explore ways to enhance educational and social outcomes for youth in these countries. To this end, the College of Education is committed to forging an ongoing collaboration with educators, community members, and policymakers in Central America.

Come hear about our joint efforts to increase education quality and access in this region. We will highlight our visit to Honduras’ Bay Islands in the Caribbean Sea, a group of islands that represent a microcosm of the region’s strengths and challenges in creating hopeful futures for their youth. We will show photos from the journey and talk about the region’s people and projects that left us feeling hopeful and inspired.

Come and find out if there is a way you might take part in the future of education in Central America!


  • Charles Martinez, Director
    UO Center for Equity Promotion
  • Mark Eddy, Director of Research
    Partners for Our Children
    University of Washington
  • Betsy Ruth, Project Manager
    UO Center for Equity Promotion
  • Carmen Urbina, Parent, Family, and Diversity Coordinator
    Eugene School District 4J