Dr. Pat Clark is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Department of Elementary Education at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Pat teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in diversity and early childhood education. She also frequently takes students on off-campus study trips and has traveled with students to Mexico, Jamaica, and the U.S. Southwest. Pat's research interests currently focus on preservice and inservice teacher attitudes towards diversity and the types of experiences that impact those attitudes. Along with Eva Zygmunt-Fillwalk and other faculty and community members, Pat is facilitating a community-based immersive semester for preservice teachers, emphasizing the importance of the context of children's lives in the teaching and learning process.