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Tuesday, October 10 • 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Faculty & Staff Book Groups: Common Ground for Conversation & Cultural Competence (45 mins)

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The case-example presentation will first review a definition of cultural competence that ranges from reflection to action. Applying the definition, this best practice session centers on the use of faculty and staff book discussion groups to advance an institution’s diversity mission. Central aspects of the book groups including organization, goals, process, and outcomes are included in this presentation. An outcome of the book discussion groups was the strengthened cultural competence of participants, with many developing constructive strategies for confronting racism (and other “isms”), however subtle, within themselves or in the systems around them. The use of faculty and staff book groups as a purposeful step in advancing the inclusion mission of the institution will be framed within the context of a multi-year university dialogue of what it means to be a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). This ongoing institutional conversation, including methods like book groups to structure and scaffold the organizational learning, provides a model for intentional, organization-wide change. The high impact of book discussion groups, in this case in support of social justice, draws strength in aligning personal, professional, and institutional aims.


Beatriz Gonzalez

Vice Provost & Chief Diversity Officer, University of La Verne
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Zandra Wagoner

University Chaplain, University of La Verne

Tuesday October 10, 2017 1:45pm - 2:30pm MDT
Colorado B