55th Annual Meeting of the
Hilton City Centre
will open in late March
full conference $295
single day $190
includes 1-year membership
year runs September 2015 to August 2016
SUBMIT A PROPOSAL
Opening Up General and Liberal Studies: Diverse Populations, Dynamic Outcomes
In crafting our theme this year, we drew inspiration from the Milwaukee Art Museum, which is crowned by the famed Burke Brise Soleil, a moveable sunscreen with a 217 foot wingspan that opens and closes twice daily. The Museum’s moveable architecture is a metaphor for the conversations about diversity and inclusivity that have opened up Higher Education today.
As administrators and teaching faculty within General and Liberal Studies, we are increasingly called upon to respond to multiple, contested meanings of diversity and inclusivity, both in terms of curriculum and pedagogy and admissions and competition. Nationally, we have seen voter-driven initiatives in several states challenge Affirmative Action programs, yet the ‘holistic’ admissions policies of Higher Education institutions remain intact, as does our commitment to the educational benefits of a diverse student body. Globally, we have heard political leaders proclaim that “Multiculturalism is dead,” yet it continues to be upheld and practiced in many international contexts. For some stakeholders, the survival of language remains at the heart of the debate. For others, it’s a debate over religious freedom. On many campuses, these larger trends have played out in the decline of language studies or attacks against area studies programs and controversies over students’ access to birth control or the practice of daily prayer by Muslims.
We invite proposals for papers or sessions exploring the impact of these diversity debates in general and liberal studies. Tell us how diversity being handled at your institution. Is it in the core curriculum or primarily in student life? Is it more experiential or theoretical? How do you ensure that all students are learning a sophisticated way of looking at diversity? If your campus is diversifying your student body, are their accompanying changes in student services or co-curricular programming or climate?
Here are some additional examples of current issues and challenges related to diversity education: