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Diversity Series continues Feb. 8

WKU’s 2009-2010 Diversity Series continues Feb. 8 with Knowing Our Students and Ourselves: Teaching Diversity & Social Justice, two workshops facilitated by Dr. Maurianne Adams.

Each workshop is limited to 40 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, visit http://www.wku.edu/dec/DiversityWorkshop.htm

These workshops, which will be held at the WKU Faculty House, offer an interactive program of conversation, personal reflection, study and syllabus revision, all done in collaboration with the workshop facilitator. Participants will discuss how knowledge of our students’ prior learning can inform classroom expectations, information presentation and pedagogy. Participants will discuss successful techniques for setting appropriate, focused, realistic learning goals, in order to enhance the learning environment for all students.

The workshops are:

8-11:30 a.m.: Social Justice Education and Social Diversity: Teaching Inclusively. This interactive workshop will explore what we mean when we say we teach for social justice and diversity, or that we teach inclusively. Participants will develop the framework for a learning plan to increase their comfort, knowledge, and skills in teaching for social justice and inclusivity.

1-4:30 p.m.: A Framework for Multicultural Learning Styles and Curricular Change. This interactive workshop will present a four-part model that frames curricular and pedagogical change processes in a larger framework of the teaching-learning process. Participants will identify key dimensions of their course curricula and teaching practice that they are ready to change, and develop a plan that specifies the knowledge and skills needed to make that change.

Dr. Adams is professor emeritus at University of Massachusetts Amherst where she teaches graduate classes on foundations of social justice education and on social identity development. She has co‐edited and written chapters on pedagogy, religious oppression, and on knowing one’s students for Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (2007). She is also co‐editor of Strangers and Neighbors: Relations Between Blacks and Jews in the United States and Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (2000). She is editor of the journal Equity and Excellence in Education and consults widely on social justice pedagogy, faculty development, religious oppression, and social justice and diversity issues on college campuses.

The 2009-2010 Diversity Series is sponsored by WKU’s Diversity Enhancement Committee in collaboration with the Office of Diversity Programs. The series will feature a variety of events, programs and activities to learn about and promote awareness about social, cultural and other forms of diversity.

Upcoming events in the Diversity Series include a March 30 lecture by author Tim Wise; and an April 19-20 workshop on Developing Multicultural Competence for Your Campus Community, facilitated by JoAnn Moody.

Contact: Monica Burke at (270) 745-4953.

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