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Val Margarit, Ed.D. Faculty & Staff Workshop: Diversity in the classroom and the workplace


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Val Margarit, Ed.D. Faculty & Staff Workshop: Diversity in the classroom and the workplace

  1. 1. DIVERSITY IN THE CLASSROOM AND THE WORKPLACE Dr. Val Margarit November 13, 2014
  2. 2. Presentation Outline  Introductions - Why We Are Here  Diversity Activity  Defining Terms  Demographic Changes in the United States  DMAC Student Demographics  Why International Students Choose the U.S.  History of Diversity in the Workplace  Diversity Plan  Conclusion
  3. 3. Rationale for the Diversity In-service  Demographic changes  Increase awareness about diverse issues  Reduce stereotypes that deter from effective teaching and management  Limited awareness on global and diverse issues  Globalization economy  Hiring, training and retaining people  Employment laws
  4. 4. Digital Media Arts College Values Diversity Globalization Student success Creative expression Cooperative team spirit
  5. 5. DMAC’s Mission Supports Diversity DMAC is dedicated to providing career focused undergraduate and graduate education that prepares students to excel in artistic expression and understand the interdependence of technology, media and entertainment in a culturally diverse, global society.
  6. 6. What Is Culture?  Culture is the entire way of life for a group of people  It includes things such as language, standards of beauty, hand gestures, styles of dress, food, and music  Culture is learned. It is passed from one generation to the next through communication—not genetics
  7. 7. Ethnocentrism  Ethnocentrism occurs when a person uses their own culture as a standard to evaluate another group or individual, leading to the view that cultures other than one’s own are abnormal
  8. 8. Cultural Relativism  Cultural relativism is the process of understanding other cultures on their own terms, rather than judging according to one’s own culture  When working or studying with others, it is important to try to employ cultural relativism to understand cultural differences
  9. 9. What Is and Why Diversity Matter? Human characteristics that make people unique Respecting and valuing human differences A diverse workplace that includes and uses the talents of all employees RESPECT Key to SUCCESS
  10. 10. Demographic Changes in the United States
  11. 11. Demographic Changes in Florida
  12. 12. DMAC’s Student Demographics Countries represented at DMAC • Bahamas • Mexico • Belgium • Morocco • Canada • Brazil • Nigeria • USA
  13. 13. History of Diversity in the Workplace  The 1964 Civil Rights Act - prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin  Equal Pay Act of 1963 – protects men and women from sex-based wage discrimination  Employment Age Discrimination Act of 1967 – protects individual who are 40 years of age or older  Civil Right Act of 1991 – provide monetary damages for intentional employment discrimination
  14. 14. Diversity Plan
  15. 15. Leadership Driven  Diversity activities embedded into all departments  Continued efforts to recruit, retain and develop a culturally diverse workforce  Hold leaders accountable for achieving diversity  Conduct cross-cultural training  Modify services for targeted demographics groups
  16. 16. Information Driven To support monitoring and dissemination of cultural awareness, knowledge and skills
  17. 17. Remember . . . People long to be celebrated, not tolerated! Let US celebrate today and every day!
  18. 18. Conclusion Learning about and accepting diversity is imperative to our success Diversity prepares students for future career success Increased retention rate Diversity promotes understanding, cooperation and respect Diversity improves interpersonal effectiveness and increases personal and professional opportunities Diversity = Success= Happiness
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