Video Resources for Raising Campus Awareness
Shattering the Silences: Minority Professors Break Into the Ivory Tower
While their number are still alarmingly small, minority scholars are introducing new perspectives and fresh questions in university classrooms across America. They are often, however, overburdened by the multiple demands put upon them. This film examines this reality for faculty of color. It traces the journeys that led seven scholars of color into the academy and how their presence has altered the institutions where they teach. Gail Pellett Productions, Inc. 32 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011; 212/243-3437; fax 212/206-0534.
This video chronicles a group of students who struggle with issues of self-segregation on campus, feelings of hurt and discrimination, conflicts over affirmative action, and ultimately students' personal responsibility for making a difference. Skin Deep triggers thoughtful discussion and encourages viewers to address deep-seated barriers to building a campus climate that respects diversity. It is ideal for student development, residential life, counseling, staff and faculty diversity training as well as courses in sociology, psychology, education, and ethnic and multicultural studies. California Newsreel, 149 Ninth Street, San Francisco, Calif. 94103; fax/tel: 415/621-6522; (Newsreel@ix.netcom.com).
Faculty Development Resources and Meetings
Advancing Diversity and Learning: New Partnerships for Institutional Change
April 2-4, 1998, Redondo Beach, California
Sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities
Drawing from AAC&U's work on educational and institutional change, this conference addresses multiple and intersecting goals for diversity initiatives, new curricular models, building alliances, sustaining diversity work, and research about the effects of diversity on students learning. For additional information, contact AAC&U Meetings Office, 202/387-3760; (www.aacu-edu.org).
Engaging Cultural Differences
Sponsored by the Great Lakes Colleges Association
Launched four years ago, GLCA's Multicultural Course Design and Teaching Workshop, "Engaging Cultural Differences," is a forum for considering issues in curriculum and pedagogy. This workshop is designed for faculty members at any stage in their careers and in any discipline. For additional information, contact Richard Meisler, GLCA, 535 West William, Suite 301, Ann Arbor, MI 48103; 313/761-4833; (e-mail: email@example.com).
Embracing Community, Diversity, and Change
February 26-28, 1998, Marriott Hotel, SeaTac, Seattle, Washington
Sponsored by the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education
This annual conference extends the work of the Washington Center into several new dimensions and addresses: interrogating white privilege; the costs of homophobia; strategies for making science more inclusive; initiatives to support academic success of students of color; and partnerships with K12 educators. For additional information, contact Emily Decker, The Washington Center, Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA 98505; 360/866-6000; (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Electronic Resources for Diversity
Collaborating With Colleagues On-Line
Register on-line to participate in "Workrooms"--new interactive opportunities on AAC&U and the University of Marylandís DiversityWeb site. With both threaded conversations (Workrooms) and chat rooms (Townhall), these moderated discussions focus on important issues relevant to developing campus diversity.
The American Council on Education (ACE) moderates a Workroom on Affirmative Action and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) moderates the Student Experience and Development Workroom. DiversityWeb also features Workrooms on Curriculum Transformation, and on Institutional Vision, Leadership, and Systemic Change.
In addition to registering to participate in Workroom discussions, you can register to have materials from discussions e-mailed to you. You can also subscribe to the Bulletin Board to receive postings about new publications, conferences, job openings and other resources.
In the Town Hall, DiversityWeb features on-line, synchronous discussions with national diversity leaders. The first live on-line discussion, "Losing the Battle, Winning the War?: Corrective Action After 209 and Hopwood," will take place November 3rd at 3:00 p.m. (EST). To participate, visit DiversityWeb and click on the Workrooms button on or before November 2nd to register.
Future Town Hall discussion topics include: Student Experience and Development (HIV and Health Education--Illuminating Issues in the Diversity Debate; Dec.), Curriculum Transformation (Feb.), Diversity Research (March), Faculty Recruitment and Retention (May).
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