Dean’s Council on Diversity


The Dean’s Council on Diversity will provide leadership and support for the college’s multicultural education goals and help the college fulfill its Multicultural Education Mission.  This will be accomplished through membership of college faculty, staff and students who will engage in activities and events, as subcommittees, related to the following roles: Advisory, New Directions, Programs, Seminars, Professional Development, Conferences, Workshops and Membership.


Black males and acting White accusations: A real or concocted threat to achievement?

granthamDate: April 11, 2013

Time: 12 p.m.

Location: G-23 Aderhold Hall

Researchers and practitioners suggest that Black students who accuse high achieving Black males of acting White is a form of Black on Black negative peer pressure and bullying. Many argue that acting White accusations are linked to Black males’ low academic performance and low enrollment in rigorous advanced classes. This session will examine the meaning of the acting White phenomenon, its social and psychological infl uence on Black males, and its real and perceived impact on Black males’ underachievement and under-represented in advanced educational programs.

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GOALS OF THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION FOR MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTION

  1. Develop curricula that will help elementary through post-secondary students construct a frame of reference and inquiry to combat all forms of discrimination in our society. Some educational expectations should be that students (1) be informed of how myths and stereotypes associated with other peoples exhibit cultural biases; (2) be shown how all peoples have made major contributions to economics, education, mathematics, politics, art, science, and social and cultural institutions; and (3) be taught how to identify and discuss indicators of discrimination within specified American institutions.
  2. Be knowledgeable about diverse ways of knowing and feeling, and differing world views so that students and faculty can use appropriate teaching strategies to instruct students.
  3. Provide for, and create opportunities for reflection on, diverse fieldwork and school experiences, such as urban teaching through the Atlanta project.
  4. Be effective in interacting with people by understanding the issues of cross-cultural interactions and communications.

RESEARCH

  1. Generate new knowledge through systematic inquiry in areas of multicultural education.
  2. Explore an interdisciplinary approach to research with groups such as African American studies, women’s studies, international student services, and minority services.
  3. Promote research related to multicultural education instruction and policy.
  4. Encourage all researchers to consider the influence of culture on the design, data collection, analysis, reporting, and probable impact of their research.

SERVICE

  1. Develop strategies for working with colleagues, students and school personnel which will assist all in understanding cultural diversity.
  2. Sponsor workshops and conferences for colleagues and office personnel to assist in understanding diverse student groups.
  3. Develop proactive approaches to recruitment and retention of more culturally diverse students, faculty and administrators.
  4. Promote opportunities to inform faculty members about the availability of multicultural resources.
  5. Use faculty members as resources to mentor and collaborate with each other to expand understanding of multicultural teaching, research, and service.
  6. Assist faculty members in learning about the various cultural norms and experiences of the communities within which they conduct research or provide in-service.
  7. Refuse to serve in any capacity that (to the knowledge of the professor) condones or continues inequitable structures or processes.

ADMINISTRATION

  1. Develop proactive approaches to recruitment and retention of a more culturally diverse student body.

  2. Develop proactive approaches to recruitment and retention of more culturally diverse faculty.
  3. Develop proactive approaches to recruitment and retention of more culturally diverse COE administration, including deans, school heads, and department heads.
  4. Develop a supportive environment within administrative units to encourage the practice of multicultural awareness and sensitivity.

Cory Johnson

Former DCOD member honord with MLK Freedom Award

The University of Georgia presented a faculty member, a doctoral student and a UGA retiree with the 2012 President’s Fulfilling the Dream Awards on Jan. 13 as part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast sponsored by UGA, the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and the Clarke County School District.

Those awarded were Corey Johnson, an associate professor in the UGA College of Education; Roberta Gardner, a doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant in the department of language and literacy education in the College of Education; and Attawa J. Childres, a retiree who worked at UGA for 30 years. They were honored because of their work in the Athens-Clarke County community to make King’s dream of equality and justice a reality.

 


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MARCH 1, 2012       Noon – 1 PM       135 River’s Crossing
Diverse Meanings: COE Grad Students’ Conversations About Diversity
Lauren Moret,  Ann E. Blankenship, Casie M. Nauman, Edward Joaquin, Mike Smith, & Ain A. Grooms, Ph.D. Students in the College of Education

MARCH  21, 2012   Noon–1:00 PM      G23 Aderhold Hall
Preparing Preservice Teachers to Educate All Students: The Role of Multicultural Mathematics Dispositions
Dorothy Y. White & Victor Brunaud-Vega, Dept. of Mathematics & Science Education

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