About MECA

MECA, the Multicultural Education Conference in Anaheim, is a two-day multicultural event hosted by The Academia Foundation, a non-profit public charity (a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization), and co-organized by Anaheim University (www.anaheim.edu), an accredited university based in Anaheim, California. The conference will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20, 2017. Registration/Check-in begins at 8:00 am on Saturday and Sunday. This event is open to the public at no charge. You may register by clicking the Register button . Convention center parking is $16.

PRESENTATIONS: The multicultural-related presentations will cover a wide range of topics of importance to teachers, administrators and those interested in multicultural education and intercultural communications. Presentations will be made in the following areas:

  • bilingual education
  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • intercultural communications

MECA Chairs

David Nunan, Ph.D.
Dr. David Nunan is a world-acclaimed linguist, author, and former president of TESOL, the world’s largest language teaching organization. David Nunan is currently Director of the Anaheim University David Nunan TESOL Institute and Professor of TESOL for the Anaheim University Graduate School of Education, which as Dean he founded in 1996.  Dr. Nunan is a best-selling author of English Language Teaching textbooks for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, National Geographic/Cengage, Pearson, Routledge, McGraw-Hill, Heinle & Heinle, etc. His ELT textbook series “Go For It” is the largest selling textbook series in the world with total sales exceeding 2.5 billion books. Read More

Kate Strauss, MA
Kate Strauss is the Administrative Director at Anaheim University. Ms. Strauss holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Princeton University, and a Master of Arts in English from the University of California, Irvine. Ms. Strauss brings over 10 years of experience in the human relations and marketing fields, and has won numerous civic awards in her role as Marketing Director for One Colorado in Old Pasadena, CA for her innovative contributions to cultural life and leadership. She has also enjoyed success using her communication skills as a teacher and training professional for the Orange County Human Relations Council.


MECA Sponsors & Supporters

Academic Sponsors

Anaheim University

Anaheim University is an accredited university located in Anaheim, California offering online degree and certificate programs in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), international business, sustainable management, entrepreneurship and filmmaking. http://www.anaheim.edu

University of California, Riverside

California State University, Los Angeles

California State University, Long Beach

California State University, San Marcos

California State University Fullerton

San Diego State University

California State University, Northridge

Supporting Sponsors

Disneyland Resort



The Academia Foundation is a recipient of a Google Grants award. The Google Grants program supports registered nonprofit organizations that share Google's philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy and the arts. Google Grants is an in-kind advertising program that awards free online advertising to nonprofits via Google AdWords

Illuminate Education

Los Angeles Rams

Los Angeles Dodgers


Anaheim Utilities

Sister Cities International

Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit which serves as the national membership organization for individual sister cities, counties, and states across the U.S. This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in over 500 member communities with over 2,000 partnerships in 145 countries on six continents.

Refreshment Sponsors






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About The Academia Foundation

The Academia Foundation, founded in 2003, is a non-profit public charity (a 501(c)(3) organization: State Charity Registration #CT0221435 EIN# 34-1994555). The specific purpose of The Academia Foundation is to provide educational opportunities, scholarly research and assistance for students, educators and educational organizations in intercultural and other educational exchanges to promote the broadening of perspectives, and provide grants, tuition assistance, and research funding.


Academia Foundation recognizes the following individuals and organizations who have helped to make multicultural, sustainability and film events possible through sponsorship, partnering and endorsements of Academia Foundation events:

  • All Nippon Airlines (ANA)
  • Anaheim Public Utilities
  • Anaheim University
  • Anime Fuyuno Sonata
  • Arthouse Momo
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Bimbo Bakeries USA
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Long Beach Dept. of Linguistics
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • California State University, Northridge
  • California State University, San Marcos
  • Carrie Louise Hamilton Foundation
  • Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles
  • Christie Digital
  • Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles
  • Disneyland Resort
  • Epson
  • Ezaki Glico USA
  • GINGI Skincare
  • Google Ad Grants
  • Green Film Festival in Seoul
  • Hollywood Foreign Press Association
  • Illuminate Education
  • Tomio Ito
  • ITO EN (North America) INC.
  • IW Group
  • Japan Airlines (JAL)
  • Japan Foundation Los Angeles
  • Japan Korea Society
  • Japan Society
  • Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California
  • Kafe Kreyol
  • Kogenkai Taiko Club
  • Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles
  • Korean Film Council (KOFIC)
  • Korea Green Foundation
  • James Lee
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • Akemi Miyake
  • Morinaga America
  • Thomas Muleady
  • Jack Naito
  • NEC Display Solutions
  • Hisako Nerio Imamura
  • The Nerio Family
  • Sumiye Onadera Leonard
  • PepsiCo
  • Motoatsu Sakurai (Japan Society President)
  • Samurai Store International
  • San Diego State University
  • Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia
  • Sister Cities International
  • Taiko Project
  • The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites Los Angeles
  • University of California, Riverside
  • Yakult U.S.A., Inc.
  • Yamano Beauty College
  • Yokoso! Japan (Japan National Tourism Organization)
  • Young Musicians Foundation

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