In advance of our upcoming November 19 faculty brownbag discussion on diversity, I thought I might “flip” the brownbag a bit by asking for some of your preliminary thoughts on the topic.
A quick Google search for "diversity in the college classroom" turns up a vast store of information, mostly from the viewpoint of Majority White Institutions seeking to expand the diversity of their student populations: the top six are tips for inclusive teaching from Vanderbilt, Columbia, Harvard, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan, rounded out by the AAUP’s “Does Diversity Make a Difference: Three Research Studies on Diversity in College Classrooms.“
What does it mean to Lincoln, do you think, to have “Diversity and Globalization” as one of our strategic imperatives? On the conceptual level, how should a more diverse Lincoln look? What kinds of, and how much, diversity should we be aiming for? Why do we want it? Bringing the issue down to ground level, how might having a more diverse student body change what we do in our classrooms? How might it change what we assign as textbooks and readings, the kinds of assignments we make, the way we structure group projects and discussions? What potential problems should we be aware of and thus prepared for? What will we be able to do better as a result of having a more diverse student body?
Any thoughts on any of those questions? Any ideas on other important questions to be asking? Jump in!