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2nd Annual CSU Conference on Community Based Teaching and Research: Diversity in California

Keynote and Workshops

Keynote Address

Context Diversity: A New Paradigm for Higher Education and Beyond

presented by

Roberto A. Ibarra, Ph.D., Associate Professor and former Special Assistant to the President and Provost for Diversity, The University of New Mexico

During the last half of the 20th century, higher education struggled to increase the diversity of faculty, students, and staff on our campuses to match the rapid demographic shifts occurring throughout the U.S. The current operating models have focused on two approaches - Structural Diversity (such as affirmative action initiatives aimed at recruitment and retention) and Multicultural Diversity (culture/gender awareness initiatives aimed at changing institutional climates.) These approaches have demonstrated significant measures of success; however, for a variety of reasons these models are now insufficient to accomplish their goals.

A new paradigm has emerged called Context Diversity that is reframing common assumptions about the definition of diversity and how it works. This paradigm suggests that the dilemmas of diversity are associated with conflicts between the context of traditional university teaching and learning environments and the context of different learners and scholars entering higher education. These conflicts can be resolved with application of guiding principles of a new Multicontextual Theory that embraces civic engagement and community-based learning as the foundation for reframing higher education for the 21st century.


Workshop I: Supporting the Development and Achievement of Students of Color

Facilitators: Thomas Brown, Managing Principal, Thomas Brown & Associates, & Mario Rivas, Vice President Student Services, Vista College

Description: Increasing numbers of students will arrive at college ill-prepared academically and psychologically for the challenges of college life. If these students are to have a reasonable chance for success they will need a campus environment conducive to meeting their special needs. This workshop will provide insight into what faculty and campuses can do to improve the success of a diverse student population.

Workshop II: Developing Research Partnerships: Challenges & Benefits

Facilitators: Cynthia A. Gomez, Director, Health Equity Initiatives, San Francisco State University & Rafael Diaz, Professor, Ethnic Studies, and Director, César Chávez Institute San Francisco State University

Description: This workshop will include discussion of a broad set of partnerships - CBO-partnerships, funder-partnerships, and peer-partnerships. The workshop will provide participants with the principles and methods of community-based participatory research, as well as program evaluation and other research skills that enhance the capacity of both the academic research and community-based partners.

Workshop III: Diversity and Community Engagement

Facilitator: Rona T. Halualani, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, San Jose State University

Description: This workshop is designed to highlight the role of diversity in engaging and interacting with cultural communities. Cultural patterns, communication frameworks, and community organizing models that span across various cultural communities will be shared. In addition, Dr. Halualani will identify and discuss a valuable process of dialogic inquiry that enables faculty to uncover key information about a community and thoughtfully and respectfully interact with a community.

Workshop IV: Moving from Research to Advocacy

Facilitators: Joely De La Torre, PhD, Associate Professor, Public Administration, & Director of Tribal Government, Management and Leadership, CSU San Bernardino and Raquelle Myers, J.D. Staff Attorney, National Indian Justice Center

Description: Native American communities are often the subjects of important research projects conducted by government and education institutions. Unfortunately, a great deal of the research conducted in Indian country rarely results in solutions for Indian country. This workshop will provide an overview of existing research data concerning Native American communities in the areas of telecommunications, rights of way for energy development, transportation safety, fetal alcohol syndrome. This workshop will explore strategies for Indian tribes and the research entities to move from data gathering to implementing change. The lessons learned from these experiences are applicable to any community seeking positive social change.

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Judy Botelho
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Last Updated: October 15, 2012