Event Date: February 27, 2013 - 1 p.m.
Event Type: Faculty Event | Location: TBD
Moderator: Ping-Ann Addo (Anthropology)
Panelists: Jorge Aaron Lecklider (American Studies), Sari Kawana (Modern Languages), and Emmett Schaefer (Sociology)
The University’s Diversity Requirement for undergraduates has now been in effect for a full 20 years, having spawned hundreds of specially prepared courses that cut across the curricula of UMass Boston’s bachelor’s level programs. This forum, co-sponsored by the Center for Innovative Teaching, the Office of Faculty Development, and the CLA Diversity Committee, brings together a panel of experienced teachers of diversity courses to open a broader discussion of what diversity education means today.
• What importance does an understanding of diversity have in the university’s preparation of educated persons and knowledgeable citizens?
• How do students respond to diversity courses in 2013?
• What are some of the challenges commonly faced by professors, as well as students, in these courses?
• How do professors manage the sometimes volatile issues that diversity courses surface in classroom discussion and writing?
• Where does diversity fit into the current overall general education curriculum?