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Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy

Our Mission:
"To foster knowledge through teaching and learning, ethics through action and reflection, and advocacy through compassion and commitment."

Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy logoWelcome to the Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy (CIMA) at Kansas State University. Our center offers a broad array of ESL undergraduate and graduate programs of study. We strive to provide academic programs that incorporate the most up-to-date technology while simultaneously providing our graduates—at all levels—to be career ready upon graduation.

We not only present the research-based and technological concepts in each of our program areas, we also provide experiential learning (i.e., practicums, internships, and field laboratories) to allow our students to effectively perform immediately once they enter their profession.

National Recognition

2015 AACTE Best Practice Award2014 ACHE Outstanding Service to Underserved Populations Award2012 Example of Excelecia in Education Finalist
2015 Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Teacher Education – American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
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2014 Outstanding
Service to Underserved Populations Award
– Go Teacher Program – Association for Continuing Higher Education
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2012 Example of Excelencia Finalist – Bilingual/Bicultural Education Students 
Interacting to Obtain
Success (BESITOS)
Scholarship Program
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Current Domestic Partnerships

In 2006, CIMA created partnerships with multiple universities and colleges across the nation to replicate our CLASSIC© ESL Program (e.g., Martinez, Penner-Williams, Herrera & Rodriguez, 2011; Bowman-Perrott, Herrera, & Murry, 2010). K-State worked one-on-one with eleven potential partners to write proposals for the Title III NPD program, and of those four chosen and funded, one partner chose to replicate without Title III support, bringing our total to five partners. Currently, our five partners are:

  • Colorado State University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Georgia
  • Eastern New Mexico University
  • Morningside College

More information about previous partnerships can be found on the CLASSIC© ESL Program page.

Check out our books!

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Mastering ESL Methods Differentiated Linguistically  Biography-Driven Culturally Responsive Teaching book cover  Crossing the Vocabulary Bridge

Accelerating Literacy Diverse Learners Strategies  Teaching Reading to English Language Learners  Assessment and Accomodations for Classroom Teachers of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students


Herrera receives international research award in Cuba