The Winona State University Inclusion and Diversity Office will host speaker Jonathan Luke Wood, Ph.D. for “What’s Race Got to do With It? The Future of Education in America” as part of American Education Week at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the East Hall of Kryzsko Commons.

Wood will trace the application of critical race theory from its origins in legal studies to its use as a predominant framework in education. Examples from institutional, state and federal policy will illustrate how a core concept of critical race theory has been a recurrent theme for diverse communities.

Wood is assistant professor of administration, rehabilitation and post-secondary education at San Diego State University, and has authored nearly 50 publications, including two textbooks. His award-winning research focuses on factors impacting the success of minority male students in community college.

The event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by WSU Rochester, WSU Winona, WSU College of Education, and Southeast Technical College.

For more information, contact Alex Hines at 507-457-5595 or email

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