ERIC Number: ED319452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Report on George Brown College Multicultural Demonstration Project.
This five-part report describes George Brown College's Multicultural Demonstration Project (MDP), which was developed to: (1) increase awareness of issues of multicultural change among senior managers at the college; (2) assist two departments to implement aspects of the college's Race and Ethnic Relations Policy and the recommendations of the Multicultural Task Force; (3) develop an effective model for multicultural organizational change; and (4) pilot the model in two departments to improve responses to the increasing racial and cultural diversity of the staff and student population. Section I provides an introduction to recent demographic changes in Ontario which have changed a predominantly homogeneous student population to an increasingly diverse one. This section includes information on the MDP, funding, objectives, and the selection of personnel, departments, and projects. Section II describes the diversity workshops that were held for senior managers to orientate them to the project and to help them explore the possibilities for multicultural organizational change within the college. Sections III and IV examine needs assessment and plan implementation within the college's Human Resources Department (HRD) and Academic Skills Development Department (ASDD). Responses to surveys and interviews conducted in the departments are detailed, indicating that the main issues for HRD staff were general climate, departmental communication, personal skills, and organizational commitment, while the ASDD identified as key issues the general departmental climate, students' written and oral communication skills, intercultural issues, race relations, curriculum and evaluation, the Race and Ethnic Relations Policy, and strategies for improving communication, relations, and learning in the classroom. Section V contains a summary of successful outcomes. Appendixes include needs assessment questionnaires, participant profile sheet, and training session objectives and agendas for both departments. (WJT)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Ethnic Relations, Organizational Communication, Organizational Development, Questionnaires, Racial Composition, Racial Discrimination, Racial Relations, School Surveys, Staff Development, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: George Brown Coll., Toronto (Ontario).