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Learning Plan 2004 - 2005

Final Summary

Goal 1

The Office of Multicultural Affairs has contributed to the development of a broad body of knowledge in the Liberal Arts and Sciences by presenting diverse programs and themes such as,

  • Fall 2004: Hispanic Awareness Symposium and International Awareness Week Celebration, the Festival of Lights Program, and the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium.
  • Spring 2005: African American History Symposium, Diversity Days VI, Vagina Monologues, and Women's History Month

Employing observation, random sampling of attendees and verbal feedback from both faculty and staff to assess the outcome.

The outcomes indicate that more than half of those surveyed (student, staff and faculty) indicated (by checking or circling the strongly agree category) that their attitude, knowledge, or understanding had changed after attending the program.

All programs are collaborative in nature and have a faculty, staff and or student sponsor.

Example of Questions:

  • Did your attitude change after attending the program?
  • Did your knowledge level increase after attending this program?
  • Did your understanding increase of the subject matter?

The office will continue to present diverse programs and topics in the classroom and on campus at large

Conclusion

The Office struggles with finding the most appropriate instrument to assess learning for it's' speakers and programs. Participants begin leaving the programs before evaluations were solicited and they rush out after the speaker's last words. Most participants do not realized that the information presented has or will have value to their lives. Consequently, the measure of "learning" is not reflected by the student comments. An appropriate evaluation should allow time for the students to reflected on the subject matter.

Although the themes presented represent various aspects of diversity, the University could benefit for more intentional efforts, by various stakeholders, to engage and involve the broader student community.

Goal 2

The office contributed to the development of specialized knowledge by making 6 class presentations, in different Longwood seminar classes, during the fall on, "What is Diversity? and Who is Diverse?

Employing observation, classroom feedback from both the faculty and the students to assess their appreciation and awareness of difference.

The outcomes indicate that more than half of those responding (by verbal response) that their attitude, knowledge, or understanding had changed or that they will view the subject differently in the future, after attending the program.

Example of Questions

  • Did your attitude change after attending the program?
  • Did your knowledge level increase after attending this program?
  • Did your understanding increase of the subject matter?

The office will continue to present diverse topics in the Longwood Seminar classroom during Fall 05.

Conclusion

Most participants stated that the information presented added new information to their knowledge base. Also, participant felt that they would look at the issues differently after attending the presentation.

Most participants do not realized that the information presented has or will have value to their lives. Consequently, the measure of "learning" is not reflected by student comments. An appropriate evaluation should allow time for the students to reflect on the subject matter.

The value of the presentations, to first-year students, is important for several reasons. The first is that it provides the context for diversity in a University setting. Secondly, the presentation introduces the responsibilities of citizen leaders in a democracy, and reinforces the Student Code Conduct.

Goal 5

The office has contributed to interpersonal effectiveness and the appreciation of diversity by presenting diverse programs to the campus community, serving as a visible role model, and by actively including diverse elements in all programs and activities.

Employing observation and feedback from the faculty, staff, and the RAs.

Conclusion

39% or N22 of the Resident Assistant responded to the survey. The office is not satisfied with the response rate of the RAs. However it does offer a snapshot related to the RA's understanding and programming behavior related to diversity. This survey is not the best instrument to measure learning. However, it does show patterns of behavior and the type of issues facing the residential community.

Learning Outcome Finding

  • RAs reported that the training they received prepared them to present diversity related programs and activities.
  • RAs report that they have an operation definition of diversity

Faculty and Staff

  • In your opinion do the programs offered by this office contribute to changing attitudes, increasing knowledge, and understanding of differences?
  • Do you feel that these programs have increased diversity awareness amongst your resident's and/ or encouraged them to appreciate diversity more?
  • In your opinion, is the university offering more programs reflecting diversity and/ or more opportunities for minority students, faculty, and staff members to share facts regarding their own culture traditions and rituals?

The office will continue to present diverse programs to the campus community, serve as a role model, and actively include diverse elements in all programs and activities.

Conclusion

A majority of faculty and Staff that I have collaborated with during the year stated that:

  • Co-curricular programs added value to their classes
  • Infusing diversity within the curriculum is important
  • Encouraging students, from their class, to attend program is important

Both faculty and staff believe that programming does increase awareness and the appreciation of difference. The respondents also felt that a more appropriate evaluation should allow time for student reflection.

Goal 6

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and International Student Services has contributed to developing responsible citizens by participating in the meetings of the Community Advocacy Alliance (CAA), serving as an advisor to the International Studies Hall. Additionally, I serve as advisor to three groups of International students. Note: The Multicultural Advisory Committee has not met as a group. However, its members have participated in the meetings of the CAA.

The efforts will be evaluated by observation and a peer questionnaire.

The survey will be administered in spring 05.

Example of Questions

Community Advocacy Alliance

  • Did your opinions on diversity change after attending the meetings?
  • Did your knowledge increase after meeting with diverse groups?
  • Do you feel that there is value in meeting with persons different from yourself?

Conclusion: There were not enough participants (students) who meet regularly enough to assess their attitudes. The organization struggled all year to find its self and the role it would play on campus.
International Studies Hall

  • Have you gained a better understanding of international culture from contact with the students?
  • Have the activities planned for international students increased their understanding of American culture?
  • Do you feel there is value in exposing Longwood students to the international students?

Conclusion

The majority of students felt that their exposure and interaction with the international students increased their understanding and appreciation of international culture. The office sponsored many opportunities for interaction between domestic students and international students. As observed, the interaction resulted in the exchange of information about each others culture and friendships that lasted beyond the University.

International Student Groups

Matriculated-4yr, Spring Exchange, and special initiatives-the Chinese

  • Do you feel that you have a better understanding of American Culture?
  • Do you feel that you have a better understanding of American Students?
  • Do you feel that the Longwood community has been receptive to International Students?

I will continue to participate and model good citizenship in the learning opportunities stated above.

Conclusion

All International students reported that

  • Interaction with faculty, staff, and students assisted their understanding of American Culture and students.
  • The Longwood community was open and receptive to them and they felt a part of the University.