ERIC Number: ED351924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-30
Reference Count: N/A
Skills for Diversity: Description, Evaluation and Recommendations.
Janus, Eric S.
A diversity skills program was developed and implemented at the William Mitchell College of Law (WMCL) in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The program was designed to offer to all first year students a program to assist them in learning how to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds in professional situations and to develop a heightened awareness of racism and sexism in the workplace. The impetus for the program was both the high profile of these issues at a national level and a sexual harassment case and other cases involving allegation of race and sex discrimination at WMCL in recent years. With the input and participation of faculty, a program was developed based on a series of faculty workshops that had been held earlier with the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI). The resulting workshop components included discussion on forming of stereotypes, group identity exercises, caucuses, "speak-outs," and role-playing. Attendance was not required but was strongly encouraged. Evaluation of outreach efforts and of the program itself was conducted by means of surveys of participants and facilitators. A final section details the evaluation conclusions and makes specific recommendations. (JB)
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Diversity (Faculty), Diversity (Student), Ethnic Stereotypes, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Law Schools, Legal Education (Professions), Outreach Programs, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Racial Bias, Sex Bias, Sex Stereotypes, Sexual Harassment, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Mitchell Coll. of Law, St. Paul, MN.