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ERIC Number: ED447397
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Faculty Perspectives on Building a Diverse, Inclusive School Psychology Program.
Bahr, Michael W.
This paper examines the increased emphasis placed on multicultural diversity in the School Psychology Program at Indiana State University. Two assumptions were made about the prominent role diversity is assuming at the university. First, the program is one of several subsystems that is emphasizing diversity in the university community. Thus, this assumption is one of timing and is identified as subsystem concurrence. The second assumption is that change agents must assert themselves to initiate an increased emphasis on diversity, and this responsibility rests with faculty, staff, and students in the program. Neither subsystem concurrence nor the presence of change agents has been a sufficient condition alone to promote meaningful programmatic change. Rather, both have been necessary conditions to enhance diversity in the program. The faculty and staff were surveyed for their opinions on program improvements. Suggestions include: (1) remind program organizers that building a program requires dialogue; (2) attempt to practice diversity and inclusiveness in every venue of the university community; and (3) valuing diversity and modeling inclusiveness must originate with the faculty, staff, and students working together as change agents. (Author/JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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