ERIC Number: ED416808
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-30
Reference Count: N/A
Westchester Colleges Project on Racism-Free Learning Environments.
This final report describes activities and accomplishments of a 3-year project by the Westchester (New York) Colleges Consortium on Racial Diversity, 10 colleges with a combined student enrollment of 36,000 students, to improve the racial climate on campus through peer-facilitated diversity training for nonfaculty personnel who interact with students. The project included 106 day-long workshops for 1,460 staff members from the colleges. Eighty staff were trained in 3-day train-the-trainer workshops to facilitate these workshops. Evaluations of the workshops by staff and the peer trainers were very positive. Workshops were designed to increase bias awareness, enhance understanding of cultural differences, and develop skills in cross-cultural communication. Diversity workshops organized specifically for public safety and security personnel were also conducted. Pre- and post-assessments of campus racial climate showed that racial prejudice and discrimination exist on the campuses and negatively affect students, and that perception of campus climate was quite different for white students and staff than for students and staff of color. Among the 25 appendices comprising the bulk of this document are meeting minutes, the Consortium mission statement, the workshop workbook and facilitator notes, workshop participant data, campus climate questionnaires, and the five evaluation reports. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Purchase. Coll. at Purchase.
Identifiers - Location: New York