Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic, chair, Department of Sociology and Geography, attended the 17th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu, Hawaii, from January 5-8. Howard-Bostic served as chair of the Curriculum, Research, and Development session, facilitating a two-hour discussion about several presentations on community service, experiential learning, and curricular innovation in the social sciences.
Howard-Bostic also presented a study showcasing a curricular design and theory titled “Breaking Resistance Pedagogy for Educators Who Teach Race.” The theory of breaking resistance explores resistance to, withdrawal from, and anger about structural racial inequality. The curriculum involves critical reflection about social forces and individual life chances from multiple standpoints. The curriculum, theory, and breaking resistance pedagogy were included in the 2018 Ohio Dominican University (ODU) survey of cross-cultural competencies, a larger research collaboration with ODU faculty members Julie Putnam Hart, Jill Guinan, and Anjel Stough-Hunter.