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ERIC Number: ED479656
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 13
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Bringing Voice to the Silences of Privilege: Strategies for Faculty Development and Curricular Change.
Allan, Elizabeth J.
This study explored some of the complexities of diversity and multicultural education initiatives in a predominantly white arena. The specific focus is on the concept of silence as it relates to a multi-year diversity-across-the-curriculum faculty development initiative in the Educational Leadership graduate programs at the University of Maine. The seven faculty members involved in this initiative were all white, and the undergraduate student body at the University is 95% white. The Diversity across the Curriculum initiative involved nearly 2 years of focused reading and dialogue about diversity and multiculturalism with the intent to develop course syllabi and classroom practices that were more fully inclusive. "Silence" in this context refers to the failure to acknowledge or articulate advantages of identity privilege. The study of this initiative shows that working to bring voices to the silences of white privilege in predominantly white educational environments presents particular challenges. It is hoped that facing these challenges will make faculty members less comfortable and more willing to confront issues related to diversity and equality. (Contains 11 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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