Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy
Welcome to the Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy (CIMA) at Kansas State University. Our center offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate programs of study in ESL. We strive to provide academic programs that incorporate today’s technology and prepare our graduates, at all levels, to be job ready upon graduation. We not only present the scientific and technological concepts in each of our programmatic areas, we also provide experiential learning (i.e., practicums, internships, and field laboratories) to allow our students to perform immediately once they enter their profession.
"To foster knowledge through teaching and learning, ethics through action and reflection, and advocacy through compassion and commitment."
In a national review of federally funded projects, The Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA) highlighted the CLASSIC© Program at its annual convention. OELA has continually highlighted CIMA and the CLASSIC© Program as an exemplary model for teacher education and ELL student advocacy. Additionally, current university educators demonstrate the empowerment and change they have undergone as professional practitioners of ELL students.
The Bilingual/Bicultural Education Students Interacting to Obtain Success, or BESITOS, scholarship program has been recognized as a 2012 Example of Excelencia finalist at the baccalaureate level. The Examples of Excelencia awards are a data-driven initiative to honor programs that improve achievement for Latino students in higher education. Examples of Excelencia is part of Excelencia in Education, a national nonprofit organization with a mission to accelerate Latino student success in higher education by applying knowledge to public policy and institutional practice.
The goal of the BESITOS program is to recruit, prepare and mentor secondary students and paraprofessionals for teaching careers in bilingual education to increase the quality of bilingual education for culturally and linguistically diverse students in Kansas.
In 2006, CIMA created partnerships with multiple universities and colleges across the nation to replicate the CLASSIC© ESL Program (e.g. Martinez, Penner-Williams, Herrera & Rodriquez, 2011; Bowman-Perrott, Herrera & Murry, 2010). KSU worked one-on-one with eleven potential partners to write proposals for the Title III NPD program, and of those four of our partners were funded with an additional institution choosing to replicate without Title III support, bringing our final number to five. These partners include East Carolina University, Morningside College, Eastern New Mexico University, University of Arkansas, and Penn State. In 2012, six additional Title III proposals were funded to allow current partnerships with the University of Arkansas, Morningside College, and Eastern New Mexico to continue, and created new partnerships with Colorado State-Pueblo, University of New Hampshire, and the University of Georgia.
Over the past several years, CIMA has conducted field-based research with participating districts in Kansas as well as school districts in Iowa, North Carolina, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas. We are continuing research with many of these states, as well as our new research partners in Colorado, New Hampshire, and Georgia. The results of our research show an increase in teacher effectiveness among participants of the KSU ESL program. However, the most exciting result is that we are showing a positive impact on student achievement through our research as well (e.g. MacDonald, Miller, Murry, Herrera & Spears, in press; Herrera & Murry, 2012; Martinez, D., Martinez, T., Fanning & Murry, 2011).
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