ERIC Number: ED403961
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Tyler Junior College, Exploring America's Communities.
Tyler Junior Coll., TX.
In 1996, Texas's Tyler Junior College (TJC) participated in the American Association of Community Colleges' Exploring America's Communities project, which works to strengthen the teaching and learning of American history, literature, and culture at U.S. community colleges. TJC's action plan goals were to solicit administrative endorsement and support of the project, to infuse the existing curriculum with at least one pluralism concept among specified courses, to provide opportunities for faculty dialogue pertaining to cultural diversity, to establish multicultural awareness throughout the campus and community, and to initiate student pluralism projects. The program's accomplishments included making presentations to the college president, the Instructional Counsel, and the Faculty Senate about the program; implementing a new interdisciplinary course examinig the cultural development of America; hosting a luncheon for faculty to explore identity issues; developing a bibliography on pluralism; and initiating an in-service training program to explore cultural differences. The college also hosted a speakers' series, an "International Week," a discussion in the school paper about race relations, a cultural diversity dinner for 500 community attendees, an exhibit on the North American Indian, a Mexican Folklorica Ballet, and a modern language program. Students participated an art exhibition, a gospel choir performance at a luncheon, and the Pluralism Committee. Classroom conversations on cultural diversity and current events have begun. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Tyler Junior Coll., TX.