2015 Advena World International Conference
In early December, two Shepherd students, accompanied by Dr. Howard-Bostic, traveled to Washington, DC for the Advena World International Conference. Shamika Bruinton (a sociology major) and Micah Johnson (a graduate student), gave their presentation entitled,“Survey of Multicultural Education in the Media and on Campus.” Their research describes the importance of multicultural education and the effectiveness of multicultural pedagogy in creating positive images for minority group members. Dr. Howard-Bostic gave the keynote address (“Transitioning from Diversity to Multiculturalism”) and presented the survey findings from her Diversity to Multiculturalism Workshop that was held in October.
The multicultural research project was funded by the Shepherd University Graduate School and the Legreid Student Research Presentation Award. The Legreid Student Research Award provides funding for undergraduate student research initiatives.
In early November, several members of the School of Buisness and Social Sciences attended the 35th annual Fall Workshop sponsored by the West Virginia Consortium for Faculty and Course Development in International Studies (FACDIS). The event provides West Virginia faculty with an opportunity to learn about and discuss international issues while promotiong global scholarship and international studies within the state. This year’s theme, “The Arts and Politics: Defending – or Challenging- the Status Quo,” was hosted by consultants from various universities. The topics included: “Politics in Music” (Dr. Courtney Brown, Emory University), “Politics and Culture in Postsocialist China” (Dr. Kirk A. Denton, The Ohio State University), “Popular Culture in Latin America (Dr. Felipe Gomez, Carnegie Mellon University), and “The Poetics and Politics of Iranian Cinema and Media” (Dr. Hamid Nafiey, Northwestern University). More information about FACDIS can be found at: http://facdis.wvu.edu/
From Diversity to Multiculturalism Workshop
Organized and hosted by Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic, chair of the Department of Sociology and Geography, the workshop “From Diversity to Multiculturalism” was held on October 1st, 2015 in the Storer Ballroom on Shepherd’s campus. One hundred and forty people were in attendance, including faculty and community leaders from multiple states, as well as current students and Shepherd alumni. The documentary Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity was shown in three segments. Several panelists, with expertise and experience on topics related to the film, provided participants with insight and stories that were used to encourage and guide small group and public discussions. By all accounts, the event was a huge success: it provided people from all walks of life with a rare opportunity to discuss perceptions of race, stereotypes, and biases that contribute to discrimination in an open, diverse public forum.
In the wake of recent events surrounding immigration around the world, and with the debate over immigration heating up in the national political landscape, the Department of Political Science held a public forum (“Teach-In”) on the topic of immigration. Sociologist Dr. Robert M. Anthony, who is working on research on forced migration in the developing world, was asked to join the panel for this important discussion. The event was well-attended by students, staff, administration, and the public. A news story on the event can be viewed here.