Deliberate Diversity: Acknowledging the Strengths of Our Students

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Event Type: Workshop
Location: Kennesaw Campus - CETL House #3211: Lab
Facilitator: Mandy McGrew

As more students from racially, culturally, and economically diverse backgrounds enter our institution, it is important to recognize the differences in life experiences and perspectives students bring into the classroom. Research shows that some students are less apt to retain information delivered through lecture. Others may lack trust in institutions or authority figures and hesitate to speak up in class. Some may experience stereotype threats that influence their achievement on exams. In this workshop, we will apply Tara Yosso’s theory of cultural capital and address a variety of factors that influence the experiences of underrepresented students and discuss how faculty can emphasize students’ strengths while acknowledging students’ challenges.

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