[Socrates] Diversity in Higher Education: May 4 and June 8 at Brooklyn

Eva.Fernandez at qc.cuny.edu Eva.Fernandez at qc.cuny.edu
Tue May 1 07:48:44 EDT 2012

Please see below for a two-day series, to be held at Brooklyn College on May 4 and June 8, on working with diverse students.  (There is limited support for adjunct faculty who wish to participate.)

Best wishes,

Eva M. Fernández
Associate Professor, Linguistics & Communication Disorders | http://people.qc.cuny.edu/faculty/efernandez 
Director, Center for Teaching & Learning | http://www.qc.cuny.edu/ctl
Queens College, City University of New York

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From: Graciela Elizalde-Utnick 
Sent by: Center for Teaching and Learning 
Date: 04/30/2012 04:32PM
Subject: Brooklyn College Presentations on Diversity in Higher Education and Beyond

                The Roberta S. Matthews Center for Teaching
                Brooklyn College, CUNY
                     2420 Boylan Hall
                     2900 Bedford Ave. • Brooklyn, NY 11210
                     GUtnick at brooklyn.cuny.edu

RSVP to Graciela Elizalde-Utnick, Director: GUtnick at brooklyn.cuny.edu
Limited stipends available for adjunct faculty to attend these presentations. Please contact: GUtnick at brooklyn.cuny.edu
            Friday, May 4: Double Feature!
Maximizing Success for English Language Learner Students: Differentiated Instructional Strategies, Friday, May 4, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Brooklyn College, Woody Tanger, Library – Elaine Brooks (English), Graciela Elizalde-Utnick (School Psychology, Counseling, & Leadership), and Len Fox (English). This workshop will provide hands-on experience with strategies for fostering academic growth in students who are in classrooms learning in their second (or third, etc) language. Participants will explore various strategies for differentiating instruction for these students, who are typically referred to as English Language Learners.

With Liberty and Justice for All? Including LGBTQ Voices in Democratic Practice, Friday, May 4, 12:00 – 2:30 p.m., Brooklyn College, Woody Tanger, Library – GLARE workshop – Eliza A. Dragowski, Graciela Elizalde-Utnick, Beth Ferholt, Herman Jiesamfoek, Sonia E. Murrow, Wayne Reed, Florence Rubinson, and María R. Scharrón-del Río, with featured performing artist, Robb Leigh Davis. This workshop explores inclusive democratic practices for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students, teachers, school personnel and administrators in public school settings and in higher education. This interactive session will include an experiential/dramatic component and facilitated discussions. The goal of this session is to foster understanding of LGBTQ issues and to offer practical knowledge for creating inclusive educational contexts in a society that is multiracial, multicultural and sexually diverse.


Friday, June 8:

Diversity Train-the-Trainer Institute (funded by the CUNY 2012 Diversity Fund): Friday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brooklyn College (location tba) featuring international scholar Dr. Alan Roland. 

10:00-12:00: Keynote Presentation and Discussion with Dr. Alan Roland – ASIAN AND ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENTS. Dr. Roland will briefly describe the historical background of the East Asian and South Asian immigration to the United States before delving into their socio-cultural and cultural/psychological makeup that they bring to their education. Important factors are the nature of their extended family relationships; the three psychosocial dimensions of hierarchical relationships in the family and school (formal hierarchical relationships, hierarchical intimacy relationships, and hierarchy by the quality of the person); insider/outsider relations; and various aspects of their familial self. While these are common to all of the Asian cultures, they also vary with the culture. Also of importance is whether the student is of the immigrant, first generation; or is a second generation born in the United States; or is a 1.5 having spent the first several years in their indigenous country before coming to the U.S.; or is a foreign national simply attending college here before returning home.

12:00-2:00: Hands-On Workshop: Diversity in Higher Education – Creating Safe Spaces and Inclusive Classrooms. Interactive workshop aimed at increasing and supporting faculty’s multicultural competencies. Following a three-component model of multicultural competency development, this workshop aims to increase awareness, knowledge and skills of the participants around diversity issues. Participants will explore the concept of multicultural awareness and knowledge through experiential exercises that explore cultural identities, power and privileges, and cultural values (i.e., individualism and collectivism).  Participants will also explore strategies for creating safe spaces, promoting dialogue, and managing conflicts within our classrooms. Participants will receive a packet of written activities as well as follow-up.

            Keynote Speaker: Alan Roland, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst on the Faculty and Board of Directors of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis in Greenwich Village. He has worked extensively in India and Japan, and with Indians, Japanese, Chinese, and South Korean patients in New York City over the last 35 years. His books include: Journeys to Foreign Selves: Asiansÿÿÿÿÿÿ and Asian Americans in a Global Era, Oxford University Press, 2011; Cultural Pluralism and Psychoanalysis: The Asian and North American Experience, Routledge, 1996; and In Search of Self in India and Japan: Toward a Cross-Cultural Psychology, Princeton University Press, 1988. He is also an exhibiting artist and a playwright/librettist, and has also published, Dreams and Drama: Psychoanalytic Criticism, Creativity and the Artist, Sage (UK) and Wesleyan University Press (USA).


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