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Engaging Student Staff in Social Justice Education

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  1. Engaging Student Staff in Social Justice Education Amanda Thompson & Chris Reghetti-Feyler Ohio University Department of Residence Life

  2. Quick Overview of Ohio University • 7825 students living in the 41 Residence Halls (2005-06) • 186 Resident Assistants • 27 Security Aides • 40 Professional Staff members • 253 Staff members total

  3. Diversity Climate at OU • Vision Ohio • Diversity is one of four main priorities set forth by President McDavis • Focusing on National Prominence, Partnerships, and Resources • Division of Student Affairs • Potentially moving to National Coalition Building Institute as standard diversity education model

  4. Departmental Goals • Tolerance • Living/Learning • Human Devleopment • Community

  5. Paraprofessional Class • 5 part series about diversity issues • Incorporates theory and activity • Two projects centering on social justice issues • Voice Project • Community Service Project

  6. Diversity Day • Conference-style • Two inceptions: • Focusing on specific “ISMs” • Focusing on broader topics, i.e. Language, History, etc. • Why did we begin this type of education strategy?

  7. Diversity Day—Some Thoughts from Staff • “Really made you think about what was important” • “The session made me think about language in a way I hadn’t” • “It was very engaging and educational” • “Liked that they didn’t’ just focus on “isms” but broad topics!”

  8. Departmental In-services • Purpose: to create a common diversity education experience for staff • Examples: • Paul Ruesesabagina: Genocide in Rwanda • Diane Gilliam Fisher: Classism and Coal Mines • Passages: Readings about Women’s Lives

  9. Focusing on Professional Staff • Began formalized efforts in Fall 2004 • Examples: Brother, Outsider; Spinning into Butter, Trip to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

  10. Focusing On Paraprofessional Staff • Diversity Book Club In-service • i.e. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents, etc. • Individual Resident Directors’ Efforts

  11. Recognizing Staff Diversity Efforts • Cards from the Diversity Team • Diversity Programming Recognition Reception • Diversity Bulletin Board Contest

  12. Bulletin Board Contest—A winner

  13. Bulletin Board Contest—A winner

  14. Bulletin Board Contest—A winner

  15. Bulletin Board Contest—A winner

  16. Bulletin Board Contest—A winner

  17. Bulletin Board Contest—A winner

  18. Areas for Growth • Focusing on professional staff • Reaching students through our efforts • Assessment

  19. Roundtable • Comments or questions about our efforts • What are you doing on your campus?

  20. Paraprofessional Class Diversity Curriculum Tolerance Day Information Departmental In-Service Information Examples of some diversity efforts by RDs Residential Learning Community Info Miscellaneous Information What’s on Your Disc

  21. Amanda Thompson 740-597-5277 thompsa2@ohio.edu Chris Reghett-Feyler 740-597-5956 reghetti@ohio.edu Presenters’ Contact Information