Empowering underrepresented student to enhance retention: Language, psychology & service needs

The workshop aims to use constructive language to define the general demographics and characteristics of underrepresented populations in post-diversitysecondary education and encourage a move away from language that has intentional or unintentional negative connotations.  The use of language and the assignment of labels to define and categorize underrepresented populations have proven to have a psychological impact on the perceived sense of self worth, belonging, academic potential, etc.  By providing a general understanding of the demographics and characteristics of underrepresented populations, the workshop will then address how best to “customize” support services for underrepresented populations that address their social and academic needs to enhance retention in post-secondary education.

Date: Tuesday, September 30th, 4-5:30pm

Location: 1310 Marie Mount Hall

Speaker: Dr. Rhea Keisha Nedd, Associate Director, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

Link to RSVP for this workshop

The short pre-reading for this workshop will be emailed to all registered participants a few days prior to the workshop.  For copyright reasons, we could not post the reading here.

If you are working towards a letter of completion for the inclusion and diversity workshop series, please reply to this post to share/submit your reflection on this reading and how it relates to your own experiences by midnight on September 29th.  The reflection should be 1-2 paragraphs.  If you do not want pursue a letter of completion, but still want to engage in this reflective exercise, then we invite you to participate as well.

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