Sonia Nieto is Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture, School of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Starting as a teacher at P.S. 25 in the Bronx (the first fully bilingual school in the Northeast) Nieto has taught students at all levels from elementary grades through graduate school, and she continues to speak and write on multicultural education, teacher preparation, and the education of Latinos and other culturally and linguistically diverse student populations. Her book Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education, is widely used in teacher preparation and inservice courses throughout the nation. Other books include The Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities, and What Keeps Teachers Going?, as well as three edited volumes: Puerto Rican Students in U.S. Schools, Why We Teach, and Dear Paulo: Letters From Those Who Dare Teach. She serves as trustee or advisor on several regional and national boards that focus on educational equity and social justice, including the Center for Applied Linguistics, Facing History and Ourselves and Educators for Social Responsibility.

Articles by Sonia

A Wise Latina Woman: Reflections on Sonia Sotomayor

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” These few words, spoken casually by Sonia Sotomayor at the annual Mario G. Olmos Law and Cultural Diversity Lecture at UC-Berkeley in 2001, came back to haunt President Barack Obama’s nominee for the United States Supreme Court during the spring and summer of 2009. Hard to believe that this brief statement could cause such anguish, particularly among the conservative white senators who form part of the Senate Judiciary Committee, yet they led to days of arrogant grilling by the Senators and weeks of newspaper articles and commentary by television pundits speculating on what Sotomayor meant, whether it would hurt her confirmation, and what it would signal for the new court.
Abolitionists William Still, Sojourner Truth, William Loyd Garrison, unidentified male and female slaves, and Black Union soldiers in front of American flag

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