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Engaging With Diversity in the College Classroom

Teaching a New Generation of Students

A National Symposium

Fall 2017


1. Keynotes
2. Presentations

In recent years, higher education in the United States has been called to confront and respond to issues of diversity to ensure that all students have a real place – and a real chance for success – in college. While diversity can be considered in many contexts, this symposium focuses on one: the classroom. How can faculty members engage productively with diversity in our classrooms, in ways that enable and enrich student learning?

The college classroom today looks and sounds very different than it did even a decade ago, and it will look even more different a decade hence. Students from previously underrepresented minorities, transgender students, international students, first-generation students, transfer students, commuters, veterans, students with disabilities, and other students with varied backgrounds and degrees of preparation are all contributing to classroom diversity. What are the implications of this new educational landscape, and how are faculty members implementing pedagogies, curricula, and other classroom practices that support students’ educational success?

The 2017 Faculty Resource Network National Symposium, which took place in New Orleans, Louisiana, addressed these challenging questions by drawing on the collective experience and expertise of scholars, educators, and administrators. The sessions were held at FRN institution Dillard University.

In this fifthteenth issue of our online NETWORK: A Journal of Faculty Development, we present excerpts from a number of the presentations that were delivered during that symposium.

Keynote Address

Diversity and the University: A Case Study from the Middle East
Excerpts from keynote address
Ron Robin, University of Haifa

#WhatWorks for Creating Student Belonging and Success in College Classrooms: Insights from Research and Practice
Excerpts from keynote address
Terrell Strayhorn, President and CEO, Do Good Work Educational Consulting LLC


Cultivating Global Competencies in a Diverse World: Pedagogical Strategies and Assessment of Student Learning in the Community College Classroom
Presentation excerpts
Cynthia Wiseman, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Diversity Driven Student Learning in the Classroom
Presentation excerpts
Clarence Perkins, Bronx Community College

Dynamic Uses of Technology to Engage Learners and Enrich Student Learning
Presentation excerpts
Shirley Bleidt, Huston-Tillotson University;
Nicole Juersivich, Nazareth College;
Homayra Moghadasian, Huston-Tillotson University;
and Megan Tobin, Nazareth College

Engaging Performance and Ethnography to Enrich Diversity
Presentation excerpts
Robin Vander, Xavier University of Louisiana;
and Pamela Waldron-Moore, Xavier University of Louisiana

Enriching Advocacy Practices for Classroom Diversity in a Celebratory Disability Film Festival Program
Presentation excerpts
Anthony Joseph, Pace University;
and James Lawler, Pace University

Fostering Global Scholars: International Internships for Fairfield University Students
Presentation excerpts
Anita Deeg-Carlin, Fairfield University;
and Terry-Ann Jones, Fairfield University

How Faculty Members Can Design and Implement Pedagogy That Incorporates Educational Technologies to Help Increase International Student Engagement and Academic Performance
Presentation excerpts
Sheila T. Gregory, Clark Atlanta University

I’m ‘Bad and Boujee’—The Metacognition of the ‘Nontraditional’ College Student
Presentation excerpts
Marsha W. Rhee, Johnson C. Smith University;
and Katrina Watterson, Johnson C. Smith University

Lessons Learned: Supporting Diverse Populations for Success Through the Research Aligned Mentorship Program
Presentation excerpts
Erica J. Friedman, Farmingdale State College;
Rose Gonnella, Kean University;
and Beverly Kahn, Farmingdale State College

Literature as Mirror and Window: Creating Connections for the 21st-Century Student
Presentation excerpts
Amee Carmines, Hampton University;
and Joy Hendrickson, Hampton University

Seeing Myself in Literature
Presentation excerpts
Laurie Rozakis, Farmingdale State College