Creating a Diverse Context for Education
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
Dr. Madeline Louise Lovell
Associate Professor, Department of Society, Justice, and Culture, Seattle University