ERIC Number: ED394598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Welcoming Diversity: Celebrating Our Differences and Acknowledging Our Common Experiences.
Harris, Allatia; Hosseini, Shyrel
Celebrating diversity is critical for maximizing the benefits of the diverse makeup of faculty, students, and communities served by colleges. Understanding the importance of diversity is important for academic leaders because their attitudes towards diversity influence the perceptions of others in the institution and can affect hiring practices and curricular decisions. Moreover, as managers, academic leaders are required to be responsive to customer (i.e., student) needs, especially those related to resolving faculty and student conflicts involving prejudice. An atmosphere which celebrates diversity is an atmosphere which encourages individuality as well as group cohesion. A model for reducing prejudice, developed by the National Coalition Building Institute and known as"Welcoming Diversity," can provide college leaders with an effective multicultural training model. The premise of the workshop is that bridges are built on pride, not guilt. The first half of the workshop celebrates the participants' differences and acknowledges common experiences, examining different prejudices and allowing participants to examine their experiences as victims of prejudice. The second half of the workshop personalizes prejudice and offers a proactive method for countering prejudicial remarks, slurs, and jokes. Workshop participants achieve a closeness based on mutual understanding, concern, and a common purpose. (TGI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: The Olympics of Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles, Balancing Skills, Taking Risks. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the National Community College Chair Academy (5th, Phoenix, AZ, February 14-17, 1996); see JC 960 276.