May Workshops

Each May the Race and Gender Project has offered a two-day session to train new instructors for "Racism and Sexism in the United States" (and now for "Race, Gender, and Social Justice" in the new U.C.C. program) and to enable instructors who already have experience with this and related courses to think more deeply about their teaching. This year, the workshop evolved into the Diversity and Justice track of the three-day University Core Curriculum Institute.  Below is an outline of the workshop, led by Professors Wartyna Davis and Arlene Holpp Scala.

Diversity and Justice Workshop

University Core Curriculum Institute

May 23-25, 2011


         Monday Afternoon, May 23

Framework relevant to Diversity and Justice Studies 

  1. Brief history of Race and Gender Project on campus
  2. Connecting the history with the development of UCC, specifically the Diversity and Justice requirement
  3. Definitions
  4. Essentialism and Social Constructionism

    Tuesday, May 24
  1. Framework Continuation
  2. Debriefing from  Monday
  3. Definition comments
  4. Intersectionality
  5. Media literacy and use

    1. The place of technology in diversity and justice studies
    2. Let’s Get Real (currently missing from library but will be re-ordered)
    3. It’s Elementary
    4. Our House
    5. Tough Guise
    6. Web pages
  6. Applying Theory to contemporary issues
    1. Bullying (Arlene)
    2. Marriage equality (Wartyna)
    3. Immigration (Arlene)
    4. The growing class divide (Wartyna)

         Wednesday Morning, May 25

  1. Pedagogy and assessment

    1. Debriefing from Tuesday
    2. Bystander stories
    3. Immigration : a continuation of applying theory to contemporary issues
    4. “Whose New World Order?” Teaching for Justice” M. Jacqui Alexander article
      1. How does this article help us to think about Diversity and Justice?
      2. Can Alexander’s theorizing and pedagogical imperative help us to develop courses for Diversity and Justice?
      3. How can we engage diversity as historical, political, and legal categories via multiculturalism and tie this with changing demographies?
      4. Why is Diversity and Justice critical for our students?
    5. What new courses are you thinking about possibly developing for Diversity and Justice?
    6. Which colleges and departments are missing from this workshop that could also develop courses for Diversity and Justice?
    7. Why should we be teaching general education/UCC courses?
    8. Diversity and Justice teaching materials                                                
      1. Ground rules
      2. Poetry
      3. Cartoons
      4. Heterosexual questionnaire
      5. Will resistance continue to be an issue?  The new racism and feminism (or is it postfeminism?)
    9. Sharing materials
    10. Workshop evaluation
  2. Conclusion