Tag Archive: sensitive issues

Revisiting acknowledging diversity in thinking within the classroom: The Post-Election Edition

The election is over and Donald J. Trump has been inaugurated as the 45TH President of the United States. Now, the real work begins in our country, communities, and especially in our classrooms.… Continue reading

Misplaced Adjectives and Nouns: Grammar Does Matter

“Mom, how do I make the word ‘humble’ a noun?” “What about ‘splendid’?” My fifth grader had come to me for help on her grammar homework. Humble, humbly, humility… three very similar words… Continue reading

Pedagogical Strategies to Promote Diversity Skills

As we approach the beginning of another semester and I work on creating a new course, this moment presents itself as a great opportunity to think about how I deal with diversity in… Continue reading

Allowing humbug in the classroom: Acknowledging diversity in thinking

In the beginning of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1843), Ebenezer Scrooge has the divergent opinion that Christmas is nothing but a humbug and that charity to others is worthless.  Although, Scrooge changes… Continue reading

College Students Plus Homelessness Equals?

With Thanksgiving approaching, I offer this experience. I was walking with a faculty colleague across campus and I encountered a 19-year-old African-American female student that I had last year in class.  The young… Continue reading

Diversity in College Admissions: Does Affirmative Action Have a Place?

Often, university faculty are involved in the graduate admissions process. We strive to be “diversity” blind, recommending applicants based on their individual academic and civic merits rather than ancestry, socioeconomic status, or gender.… Continue reading

Cultural Incompetence: Responsibility to Respond or Not?

Below is a fictional scenario presented by one of the faculty members of the School of Human Service Professions: A few days ago as I was walking to my office in Bruce Hall, I… Continue reading

Who is Qualified to Teach About Cultural Sensitivity?

Through the process of writing in this blog, I began to think about our responsibility as educators to instill change and to plant the seeds for consideration of a different path and a… Continue reading

Handling Difficult Situations with Mindful Inquiry

A chapter I recently read on handling diversity in the classroom ended with: “sensitivity alone is insufficient to deliver a quality curriculum” (Davis-Russell, 2007). This observation resonated with me, as a relative newcomer… Continue reading

I Don’t See Color. I See People.

The following is a piece that I included in my chapter (CH 3: The Interaction of Cultures, Sexuality, and Social Work Practice.) for the textbook cited below. It has been a helpful way… Continue reading

Trigger Warnings in the Classroom

This article raises important questions about the seemingly benign practice of giving a “trigger warning” prior to a film, lecture with slides, or even a syllabus. It’s worth a read so that we… Continue reading