Creating a Diverse Context for Education

Dr. Madeline Louise Lovell
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This presentation will describe the model developed by the new baccalaureate program in social work at Seattle University to use the rich diversity of the local community and the campus to create a diverse context for education. Diversity for this purpose includes ethnicity, socioeconomic class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, and disability. The model includes strategies such as the recruitment of students and faculty from diverse backgrounds, integration of diversity content across the curriculum in each curricular area and course as well as the creation of an advisory board representing the diversity in the community. In addition, a required course entitled 'Race and Ethnicity' is specifically geared to develop a sophisticated understanding of the links between race, class and gender in American society. Within the classroom, the of modeling of deep listening to others' experiences of the world becomes a process students use to develop understanding prior to moving into practice in a diverse world. The senior year practicum provides internship experiences in working with people different from oneself. All practicum sites are required to provide experience in working with difference. Outcome assessment measures provide data on the extent to which students' understanding of and ability to work with diverse populations is achieved. Finally, policies and procedures designed to prevent discrimination are highlighted.

Keywords: Educational Context for Diversity, Diversity Across a Curriculum
Stream: Learning, Education, Training
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Creating a Diverse Context for Education

Dr. Madeline Louise Lovell

Associate Professor, Department of Society, Justice, and Culture, Seattle University

Dr Lovell graduated with her Ph. D. in Social Welfare from the University of Washington in Seattle Washington, USA in 1986. She taught at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada before coming to Seattle University. Her areas of study include cross-cultural social work practice, refugee and immigrant issues, child welfare, and restorative justice. She has worked with First Nations people in Canada and Southeast Asian refugees in the U.S.

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