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

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