As Predominantly White Institutions work to create welcoming campus climates for non-White students, they must address the complexities of race, culture, ethnicity and language that students of color bring to classrooms.
Latino/a and Black students face both academic adjustment and social integration as they begin at UMD or transfer from other institutions. Based upon research on the history and identity construction of local Latino populations, Black immigrants and African American students, participants will take away a strong contextual and pedagogical base from this workshop. Questions that will be discussed include: What are the cultural, academic, and historical differences between subgroups of Latinos (i.e. Salvadoran vs. Mexican vs. Puerto Rico) and how might that impact their learning experiences? How do students of color from different social class backgrounds manage inter- and intragroup relations? What role does gender, in particular, play in the responsibilities and opportunities of Latina and Black Immigrant, and Afro Caribbean young women? What do we know about our African American and Latino/a athletes and their often conflicting priorities and loyalties? Black and Latino students are increasingly together in urban high schools and “diversity” courses on campus. Drawing from four years of experience teaching the I-Series “Latino and Black Schooling History” course– the author will also present effective readings, curricula, and pedagogy which generate open and honest communication in small and large groups across ethnicity, race, gender, immigrant generation, and class.
Speaker: Victoria-Maria MacDonald, Minority and Urban Education Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership.
Date: Wednesday April 30th, from 4-5:30pm
Location: 1310 Marie Mount Hall
Please reply to this post to share/submit your reflection on this reading and how it relates to your own experiences by midnight on April 29th. The reflection should be 1-2 paragraphs. If you do not want to go to all the workshops, but still want to engage in this reflective exercise, then we invite you to participate as well.