Empowering multi-ethnic students at Predominantly White Institutions

Empowering multi-ethnic students at Predominantly White Institutions

The workshop will provide participants an opportunity to acquire an increased awareness of the mission and practices of an Academic Unit that serves multiethnic students at the University of Maryland.  The workshop will provide an overview of the salient challenges for Students of Color with an emphasis on effective strategies to increasing positive personal and academic outcomes (inside and outside the classroom)  throughout the campus community.


Date: May 7th, 4-5:30pm

Location: Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hall (room 0100)

Speaker: Dr. Christopher Lester, Director, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education

RSVP: http://cte.umd.edu/Resource/RSVP/Diversity05072014/

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2 Responses to Empowering multi-ethnic students at Predominantly White Institutions

  1. Ashley Munger says:

    I have learned a lot from this series; specifically, I have deepened my knowledge of student diversity and struggles, learned techniques for helping all students to feel included in the learning process, and practiced dealing with challenging hypothetical situations. I realized that despite my concern and interest in issues of diversity and inclusion, I have a lot left to learn — engaging in these sorts of issues is a continual process of honesty, openness, and humility. I highly other recommend TAs, instructors, and faculty members attend these workshops.

  2. Jonathan Senn, Jr. says:

    The presentation on empowering multi-ethnic students at PWI’s, facilitated by Dr. Lester, was very insightful and full of active approaches to apply. A major point that resonated with me was the necessity to have consideration for all students, especially students who may have challenging circumstances, without lowering expectations for these students. This ensures that the student has the capabilities to perform at or beyond the level of their peers, in relevant situation and in future endeavors. Another major theme of the talk was the development of strong personal connections and their impact on the instructor-student relationship. Actively communicating with students in a meaningful manner can build trust, maintain an inclusive and safe classroom environment, lead to mentorship, and allow advising of the whole student. I plan to utilize these interactions and suggestions in my classroom and in my general interactions with others through consideration of individual experiences and communicating with my students during possible times of turmoil. All in all, I feel that I have learned a great deal in how to apply these actions and how these topics related to OMSE and the principles and mission of the organization.

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