Engaging Difference: Race, Ethnicity & Gender
Fall 2012 Teaching & Learning Symposium
We have of habit of looking at difference from a deficit model. When we interpret cultural, racial, and gender differences as a deficit, one scholar reports, “the deck is powerfully loaded against [poor] students of color” (Harry and Klingner, 2007). This can also be true as we think of learning and leading across the gender spectrum.
We all have social identities that make up this incredible quilt we refer to as “diversity.” This workshop will identify and celebrate these. Within the social quilt, we will identify how dominance resonates as normal and difference becomes the equivalent of being disabled.
We will use our time together to have some fun with each other and share feelings about those places where we feel isolated in our privilege and in our subjugation. We will work hard to honor the truth and the misinformation about the impact of these dynamics in educational spaces and in our lives. To engage in a process of positive change, we must be intentional; be willing to hear the realities of others; and use our learning to reframe thinking out next steps—whatever outcomes we desire.
The best part of the experience will be the following outcomes:
Renay Scales, PhD
Director, Multicultural Research and the Resource Center
Dr. Renay Scales has served as a senior administrator and faculty for almost thirty -five years. She has been employed in health care, electrical utility, and in higher education. Dr. Scales’ primary roles have been in human resources, labor relations, corporate training, and faculty and curriculum development.
In the last twenty years, she has worked on three presidential teams, and taught courses at the community college, undergraduate and graduate levels in management and leadership, most recently teaching graduate classes in higher education.
Dr. Scales counts among her most significant accomplishments, the following:
For over twenty years, Dr. Scales has also served as senior consultant for the National Coalition Building Institute, a U. S. organization with international partners in England, Switzerland, Germany, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, and South Africa. Currently, as a Regional Director for NCBI’s Campus Program, she supports 11 campuses in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Georgia including Emory University, University of Georgia, and Ohio State University.
|8:30 – 9:00||Continental Breakfast
Program begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.
|9:00 – 2:00||
Lunch will be provided from 12:00-12:30
The deadline date to RSVP is Wednesday, August 15, 2012.
If you need interpreting services, for this event, please indicate this on the electronic registration form in the appropriate check box and interpreting services will be arranged.