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How Diversity Affects Teaching and Learning, by Sylvia Hurtado, University of Michigan
In this essay, Hurtado illustrates how a climate of inclusion has a positive effect on learning outcomes, citing examples of how key transformations in the teaching and learning activity of institutions are linked with understanding and serving a diverse student body.

Race and Racism
Bruce Simon takes a literary critic's stab at defining race and puts it to the test with letters to the editors of a few well-known publications.

"Introduction to Racism": My Introduction to Student Resistance by Jack Meacham

In this essay, Meacham, a professor of psychology at the State University of New York-Buffalo, reflects on his experience in dealing with student resistance to learning issues of race, ethnicity, social class, and gender in his developmental pschyology course. Through group e-mail correspondence, a student's resistance creates an interesting teaching moment where students learn from each other.

Notes from Academe: Senegalese Scholar Focuses on Race in American Society
by Carolyn J.Mooney
Dr. Ndongo is an associate professor of American literature at Cheikh Anta Diop, the larger of Senegal's two public universities, and he began thinking about how to teach racism to Africans last year when he was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Californa at Irvine. One day, at a seminar on teaching slavery, he says, "I realized that slavery in the American context was quite different. In Senegal, people associate slavery with economic and social factors, not skin color". Dr.Ndongo developed the course on racism to help his students -- many of whom are studying English in hopes of landing a better job -- to understand the complexities of race in American society.

What Does it Mean to Teach Diversity in Rural Minnesota by Anne J. Aby, Worthington Community College
Aby reports that, "diversity issues dealing with race, class and gender are now represented in many of our course offerings even at this fairly racially homogenous college located in a demographically changing region". As she describes the changes she has seen in WCC courses and ways of making diversity visible to students, she concludes, "while many might assume that the region lacks, then, even racial/ethnic diversity, diversity is, in fact, all around our campus".

Ways to Teach in Diverse Settings "Diversity in the Classroom" Home Page, Arizona State University
Coordinated by the ASU's Intergroup Relations Center, this site offers a set of resources for faculty and teaching assistants to help manage classroom diversity and achieve desired educational outcomes including critical thinking, cultural awareness, intergroup understanding, global awareness, cross-cultural understanding, personal and social identity development, decrease in prejudice and discrimination, empathy, development of a broader worldview, and intercultural friendships.

Building Creativity and Collaboration in Diverse Classrooms
by Jose Calderon, Associate Professor in Sociology and Chicano Studies, Pitzer College
Professor Calderon describes the use of creative cultural media in his sociology classes to connect the theoretical with the practical and build collaborative learning and cooperative ethnic relations.

An Essay on a Wickedly Powerful Word
Keith Woods for The Poynter Institute For Media Studies on the use and meaning of the "n-word".


Ethnicity and Education Forum: What Difference Does Difference Make?
Harvard Educational Review
In December of 1996, six distinguished scholars from sociology, psychology, ethnic studies, and education came together for a live forum panel at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to discuss issues of ethnicity, race, culture and identity and their connections to education. This edited transcript of their discussion highlights the current debates of racial and cultural identity and its relation to education.


Multiracial Student Experience: What Faculty and Campus Leaders Need to Know by Diana Alvarado, Research Associate, AAC&U
In this article from Diversity Digest, Alvarado describes that as the number of college students who self-identify as multiracial increase, these students bring with them many questions, complexities, and challenges surrounding their identities. Some campuses are taking the lead in developing curricular and co-curricular programs to help facilitate and support this development.

Creating Inclusive College Classrooms by Shari Saunders and Diana Kardia
Written for the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) at the University of Michigan, this publication examines five aspects of teaching that can promote or hinder an inclusive classroom. Many of the insights in this piece come from focus group interviews with students from various racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds and departments or units. Multicultural issues identified by students and reflected in this chapter include classroom climate, course content, and teaching materials.

Tips about Teaching that Address Diversity: Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business
These teaching tips require readers to go beyond addressing issues of diversity or multiculturalism and ask them to become aware of how students are treated as well as how they treat each other. Spanning disciplines and professions, these issues are important in all classes whether the format is lecture, discussion or team projects. Susan L. Josephs emphasizes that each class, regardless of format or discipline, offers the opportunity to increase awareness of diversity and multicultural issues.

A New Perspective for American Anthropology
Articles from an anthropological point of view on the causes of racism.

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