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Learning through Diversity Resources: Let’s see what we have going on here
I have decided that if I am going to post some blogs on diversity then I should educate myself a bit more. I think a good place to start would be the Diversity Resources offered on the CIRTL website. Actually, my idea is to kill two birds with one stone – learn something and contribute some meaningful material to the CIRTL blogosphere. As I read through the Diversity Resources, I will compose blog entries about them. Some might be striking revelations (which, to me might be revelations, but to you might be common sense); some might be cynical reflections (as a reviewer of scientific literature, I can’t help but try to play devil’s advocate); and some will likely attempt to convey thoughts about how concepts could be adapted to my environment here at U.T. Arlington.
I have been clued into the existence of these resources before, but tonight was the first time that I started browsing through them. I was pretty happy to see the variety of stuff – a literature review (good proposal fodder), a resource book for new teachers (what have I been missing?), a case book of situations (sounds juicy), and a self-guided workshop (wonder how long it takes?). Maybe my journey through these compilations will prompt you to go through them yourself. Maybe my posts will prompt you to offer your own comments. Maybe you have already gone through the resources yourself and then you can chuckle at my elementary understanding of the subject. Maybe you are like me and have procrastinated actually going through them yourself – and now, you can simply tune in to my posts to see what they are all about.
In any case, while it won’t be the only topic of blog posts I will make, I think the Diversity Resources will be a good source of discussion. I will make this promise to you: All of my blog posts will be [only] three paragraphs in length. That is about all I can stand to write at one time and that is all I think anyone can stand to read at one short sitting (at least coming from me). Please stay tuned for more to come as I begin to learn all of the things that I have hopefully (but, probably not) been doing correctly in the classroom and beyond, with respect to diversity.