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WASC Town Hall Diversity February 22, 2007 11:30am – 1:00pm Loker Student Union The Discussion Continues….. Having the “Uncomfortable Conversation” A Frank Discussion of Interactional Diversity in the CSUDH Learning Community Four Core Issues for the WASC Self-Study

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WASC Town Hall

Diversity

February 22, 2007

11:30am – 1:00pm

Loker Student Union


The Discussion Continues…..

Having the

“Uncomfortable Conversation”

A Frank Discussion of Interactional Diversity

in the CSUDH

Learning Community


Four Core Issues for the WASC Self-Study

Core Issue 3: Diversity

Facilitating meaningful

Interactions among

Members of our

Learning community

Core Issue 1: Academic Quality

Improving and

enhancing student outcomes

Core Issue 2: Campus Change

Building sustainable structures and processes for educational effectiveness

Core Issue 4: Civic Engagement

Integrating

campus and

community

initiatives


Panel Members

  • Nancy Erbe Associate Professor, Negotiation, Conflict,

    (Moderator)and Resolution Peace Building Program

  • Lui Amador Coordinator, Multicultural Center

  • Kelli Beard Associate Professor, Teacher Education Division, Special Education, College of Education

  • Edward OlivosAssistant Professor, Teacher Education Division

    College of Education

  • Carl Sneed Assistant Professor, Psychology Department,

    College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

  • Irene Vasquez Chair, Associate Professor, Chicana/Chicano

    Studies Departmentand Director, Division Head of World Cultural Studies


Recap - Question #1

  • Do you believe that learning in the diverse environment at CSUDH is beneficial for students? If so, in what ways?

  • The rich diversity allows students to bring in different experiences that

    enrich the classroom setting;

  • Diversity increases the potential for critical thinking about identity;

  • Curriculum could be more inclusive of diversity issues; students need

    to see themselves in the curriculum

  • Classrooms and other venues can provide forums for open student

    discussion;

  • More activities, such as sports, could bring diverse people together;

    this would be a beginning to learn about the views of other people

  • Some students chose to come to CSUDH because of the diversity;

  • Other students do not see “color” at CSUDH, so it is not an issue;


Recap - Question #2

  • Students’ exposure to diverse insights enhances their understanding;

  • The use of role models is a powerful tool;

  • Faculty should encourage honest and open dialog to increase students’ understanding and respect of others;

  • Faculty can introduce diverse points of view through literature;

  • Review curriculum to help students’ meet academic challenges;

  • Faculty can work together to increase awareness of diversity;

  • Faculty can develop strategies that allow students to apply knowledge rapidly and help prepare them for a global economy;

  • There should be greater efforts toward increasing the number of diverse faculty

Are student learning experiences enhanced by the diverse student

and faculty/staff population here at CSUDH? If so, in what ways?


Question #3

What types of activities in class and out-of-class will encourage interactions among diverse groups of students?


Discussion

The following slides contain excerpts from the panel and audience members responses. They have been rephrased.


Question #3

Panel Responses:

  • The Multicultural Center is trying to engage students in discussions about diversity on multiple levels and to think critically;

  • Courses provide natural settings to expose our students to differences/disabilities, i.e., learning, physical, cognitive etc.

  • Forums allow for deliberation and work with students who will be teaching K-12 students; we want them to realize that the beliefs they have will be brought into their own K-12 classrooms.

  • The curriculum can be a rich experience to discuss race, sexuality, immigration status and disability;


Question #3

Panel Responses (con’t):

  • Targeted and pro-active initiatives can help assess programs that encourage interactions among diverse groups.

  • The Multicultural Center is trying to engage students in discussions about diversity on multiple levels and to think critically;

  • Classroom activities can include: small group discussions that will allow interactions; target learning styles of first time college students to help them express themselves; discuss contributions made to field that are recent; present guest speakers who deal with diversity.


Question #3

Panel Responses:

  • The Multicultural Center is trying to engage students in discussions about diversity on multiple levels and to think critically;

  • Courses provide natural settings to expose our students to differences/disabilities, i.e., learning, physical, cognitive etc.

  • Forums allow for deliberation and work with students who will be teaching K-12 students; we want them to realize that the beliefs they have will be brought into their own K-12 classrooms.

  • The curriculum can be a rich experience to discuss race, sexuality, immigration status and disability;


Question #4

If we, as a campus, believe that it is our responsibility to encourage student awareness and/or meaningful interactions related to diversity, how do we accomplish this?


Discussion


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