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Diversity Academy at UMW, day 2

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World Cafe — questions on poster boards or on table tops.

Reflections on yesterday

Changes in student body — anti-war;  shaped by the horrors of the age;  can more easily talk about Marxism

Myth at UMW that male students only need to breathe to get in.

Syracuse U — resources on transgendered students

Veterans as a minority group at UMW

Unrecognized populations on campus

Diversity in writing

“You write the way you talk.”

The Skin that we Speak, Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom, Lisa Delpit and Joanne Kilgour Dowdy

Lee Warren, “Managing Hot Moments in the Classroom,” Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University

Writing or speaking assignment

Topic:  Focus on several images from Jacob Lawrence’s “Migration of the Negro series,” 1940-41.

Themes:  African-American experience;  experience of migrants (opportunity to relate the images to their own experiences or their family’s experience, or immigration in the news);  experience of being/feeling threatened.

Structure:  Moving from art (formal qualities of color, perspective, style) to narrative;  moving from discussing something safe (formal qualities of the image as art);  to how do formal qualities communicate emotion;  to meanings of images (to Lawrence, to student).  How do the images suggest a threat?

“Child labor and a lack of education was one of the other reasons for people wishing to leave their homes.”


“In every home people who had not gone North met and tried to decide if they should go North or not.”


“They also made it very difficult for migrants leaving the South. They often went to railroad stations and arrested the Negroes wholesale, which in turn made them miss their train.”


“Among the social conditions that existed which was partly the cause of the migration was the injustice done to the Negroes in the courts.”


Diversity Academy at UMW

What do we/I want students to know? …to think?…to do?

Intersectionality theory — for connecting race, class, age, ability;  how people are defined by different categories

Empathy — know our audience


Objective culture — artifacts

Subjective culture — concepts and behavior

Practices and practices — symbols, heroes, rituals, values

Etics (from phonetic; culture general) and Emics (phonemic; culture specificof culture, Pike

Advising international students

-Prescriptive to developmental advising model

-Appreciative advising — disarm, discover, dream, design, deliver, don’t settle;  J. Bloom (2008)

Transgender awareness

U Mass Stonewall Centers

Disability and Diversity

No Disabilities Studies program in Virginia;  possible focus for UMW.

Are students becoming self advocates?

Frame conversations with students around learning needs, not disabilities.

Universal design — anticipating diversity and accommodation

UMD ODEC (Office of Diversity Education and Compliance, partnered with CoE)

Assessment of multicultural issues in classroom — rubric available

Words of Engagement — 1 to 3 credits;  different groups; course; tough subjects; intergroup dialogue

Partnership for Curriculum Development —  intensive two-week institute for faculty;  $3000-5000 per faculty member