Diversity, Equity and Community: Opportunities and Challenges for a New Educational Platform
This course will explore questions of diversity and education as they relate primarily to the college environment. Though examination of research, film, memoir, and participation in a community project, students will explore how race, ethnicity, class and gender help to organize the college-going process and students? experiences while at school. Some questions we will address are: what are the assets and challenges with which various students approach college, what conditions are necessary to create rich learning environments for all students, how should classroom and college activities be configured in order to maximize every student's participation and learning; what responsibilities should students, faculty, and administrators embrace in order to maximize student achievement and sense of belonging; and what should be the educational goals for a college or university in the area of diversity? Students will be expected to engage with these topics as educational questions and to reflect on in relation to their personal experiences.