SUPPORT DIVERSE FACULTY VOICES
AND EXPERIENCES. At Harper College,
faculty drive the world culture and
diversity initiatives. The college provides
opportunities for faculty to be exposed to
new cultures and experiences. For example, a study abroad program recently
allowed some faculty to travel to Rwanda
and Kenya. That experience was infused
The college also launched the
Diverse Faculty Fellow Program, a paid
fellowship which provides an opportunity for individuals to gain teaching
experience at a community college. It’s
specifically aimed at people who identify as being from underrepresented
backgrounds in higher education and
it allows for colleagues from different
backgrounds to work together.
“Diversity in teaching ranks gives you
diverse perspectives which will inform
your curriculum which will get you
where you need to be,” Smith says.
THREAD DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
INTO CURRICULUM THROUGHOUT
THE SEMESTER. It’s not enough to
just have one lesson or exam question
that represents a diverse perspective.
Diversity and inclusion need to be
embedded holistically, according to
Smith. When examining curriculum,
faculty should look at text books and
readings, but also ask: “Have I asked
the students about their own personal
stories and experiences? How do I
bring their voices into the classroom?”
And don’t just relegate it to the
humanities and social sciences. Science,
technology, engineering and math (STEM)
courses can and should incorporate
diverse content and perspectives, too.
CONDUCT ASSESSMENTS. Diversity and
inclusion isn’t something you ever fully
master, Smith says. Harper College
assesses its graduation requirements
on a rotating basis, and last assessed
its world culture and diversity require-
ment during the 2016-2017 academic
year. That included taking a look at
the courses that met that requirement
to ensure those courses were still
meaningful: Does the language still
work? What’s missing? Do the courses
raise students’ awareness, apprecia-
tion and understanding of diversity?
Adjustments were made and some
“We should always be growing.
We should always be maturing. We
should always be flexing new muscles,”
Join us in celebrating the
achievements of these emerging
leaders. These practitioner/
scholars are prepared to
advance the community college
mission; to lead our colleges
with an entrepreneurial spirit and
excellence; and retain a deep
commitment to student success.
They’re making a difference
across the nation with over 100
other Ferris DCCL graduates.
Apply for the next cohort.
2018 Harper Cohort
Ferris State University, Doctorate in Community College Leadership
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