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1 Experiencing Justice Matters: A Case Study in Encountering Diversity across a Core Curriculum Michelle Filling-Brown, Ph.D., Chair of Assessment Committee, ECG Coordinator, English Department Laura Groves, Ph.D., Assessment Committee, Chair Social Work Department Darryl Mace, Ph.D., Diversity Coordinator, Chair History and Political Science Department

2 Overview History of core curriculum Core revision Diversity integration Challenge of assessing

3 Old Core Curriculum Diversity Distribution –Diversity course requirement Writing Competency and Social Justice –ENG 101 –SEM 100, 300 College Commitment –Extensive use of adjunct faculty

4 Justice Matters Diversity –Diversity infusion across core –Explorations –Literacies Writing and Social Justice –ECG 100, 200, 300 –Explorations and Literacies College Commitment –Minimal use of adjunct faculty

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6 Creating a Culture of Diversity -Faculty development -Online pedagogical resources -Resourcing diversity initiatives -Inclusivity council -Hiring Diversity Coordinator -Office of Student Diversity Initiatives -Mission Statement

7 Revision to Mission Statement Education of the Heart Cabrini College is a Catholic institution of higher education dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development, and a commitment to social justice. The College welcomes learners of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds and prepares them to become engaged citizens of the world.

8 Faculty Development Diversity and Drinks Composing Disposition Assessment

9 -Department and Core Assessment -Process for programmatic assessment of Justice Matters -Common Rubrics -Signature Assignments -Norming and Calibration Sessions -Technology

10 Sample Signature Assignments Views and Voices Interfaith Dialogue Womens Studies

11 REL Faith and Justice Dr. Nicholas Rademacher You walk into Jazzmans and find two of your favorite Scandinavian friends in a fierce debate. One of your friends, Gunnhild, is an avowed atheist who has committed her entire existence to defending and promoting her favorite political party, which involves overthrowing the current political-economic structures of the West, even if it means Ikea will cease to exist. She is arguing with your friend Bjorn who considers himself a jack-of-all-trades because hesamples everything the world has to offer: he is in his Senior year of college but still has not settled on a major; in the last election he worked for both McCain and Obama; on the weekend, after crawling between several major parties, he attends a Mosque, a Synagogue, and a Christian church. The argument started with Bjorn telling Gunhild that her religion was her political perspective and Gunnhild accusing Bjorn of having no faith because he goes to so many different services on the weekend after partying. But now they are debating the schools recent decision to plow under all of the remaining woods surrounding the campus in order to provide free housing for the neediest members of the community. Intervene before Gunnhild throws her still steaming hot coffee into Bjorns face!

12 REL Faith and Justice Dr. Nicholas Rademacher (cont.) A successful intervention would include the following steps: First, explain the ground rules for inter-faith dialogue to your friends. List all the rules but explain two of the rules in detail that you think are most relevant to their particular debate so that they will at least begin talking to one another. Second, explain how they both have faith and do your best to explain how Fowler would probably identify their particular faith commitments. Since they have not taken this class or done any of the readings, you will need to explain in detail what Fowler means by faith. Address Gunnhild and Bjorn directly. Finally, in light of Burghardts definitions of justice, address the issue of the schools decision to tear down the trees on campus to build free housing for the communitys neediest members. Using Burghardts definitions of justice explain to them how it could be seen both as justice and an injustice depending on how you look at it.

13 Rubrics Rubric for each Exploration and Literacy With Diversity infused across the curriculum, where is Diversity in these courses and rubrics?

14 Exercise Scoring student artifacts using multiple rubrics Where is diversity integrated in the assignment and the assessment tool?

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