Diversity Training Across Two Teaching Contexts (71513)

Session Information:

Wednesday, 22 November 2023 15:45
Session: Poster
Room: Orion Hall
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

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A memoir reading was added to two online graduate courses to support further diversity training about African-American and Hmong-American families. Forty students participated in this study. Online discussions culminated in final essays regarding the students’ interpretations of the memoir. The final essays were submitted to a content analysis to reveal themes and associated categories. Data from 10 students, 5 per class, were analyzed by a second coder to address interrater reliability, with disagreements addressed by consensus. This study compares the content analysis across two classes to consider similarities and differences in how the memoirs were interpreted by students.

Findings indicated that students in both classes reported themes of Multiculturalism that included Personal Understanding of the experiences of individuals of African-American or Hmong-American heritage and awareness of Discrimination and Racism. The students studying the Hmong-American memoir reported little awareness of the history and current experiences of this group. The group studying the African-American memoir, who were more familiar with the general context of racism experienced by African-Americans, gained stronger insight into details on the history of racism, including the specific topics of limited food accessibility and miscegenation laws. The theme of Family and Community emerged with focus on Grandmothers and Support pertinent to each group. The African-American experience included Extended Family, whereas the Hmong-American experience included the category of Obligation and Sacrifice. Final topic focused on Personal Growth in Identity and Resilience. For the African American author, identity occurred through farming and for the Hmong-American author, through connection to cultural practices.

Susie Lamborn, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, United States
Julie Paasch-Anderson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Susie Lamborn is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in United States

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00