ERIC Number: ED362900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct-8
Reference Count: N/A
Multiculturalism in the 90's: Administrative, Faculty, and Student Perspectives.
In an effort to "internationalize" Illinois Central College (East Peoria, Illinois) an English professor and four colleagues wrote a successful proposal enabling them to become part of a Community Colleges Humanities Association workshop to develop courses in "primarily third-world cultures." Plans were made to develop three new courses (on the cultures and societies of China, Meso-America, and West Africa) and three campus-wide festivals over a period of three years. Challenges to accomplishing this goal included: "selling" the dean on the idea; dealing with faculty politics and fears; bringing faculty on board to work on course development and festival planning; finding ways to divert money from other parts of the budget; and developing staff. Major funding came from Individual Development Proposals; staff development funds from the college; and student activities funds. The first two campus-wide celebrations have been held and have generated excitement on campus. The planning committee is made up of a diverse group of over 20 students, faculty, staff, and community members. Alliances with community institutions were also formed. The key to the success of this curriculum development project was a visionary core group committed to the goal of internationalizing the campus, getting funds by diversion of existing money and so avoiding the need to raise new money, and quality professional development experiences. Problems include: lack of lead time for promotion of events the first year; outside speakers' lack of understanding of the audience; and territorial battles within the faculty. (Brochures concerning the Chinese culture celebration and the Meso-American culture celebration are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Africa (West); China; Illinois Central College; Mesoamerica
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Midwest Regional Conference on English in the Two-Year College (Madison, WI, October 7-9, 1993). For a related paper, see CS 214 085.