Dean Coleman Participates in AERA Panel on Cultural Competency

COLEMANNOn April 4, 2014, from 8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., Dean Hardin L.K. Coleman served as a panel member of a Presidential Session at the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Annual Meeting. The Annual meeting will be held on April 3rd to April 7th, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dean Coleman participated as a panel member for The Importance of Cultural Competency and Climate: Understanding the Impact of Institutional Policies and Practices Presidential Session. Below is the abstract for the session:

The premise of cultural competence is the attainment of knowledge and skills as well as an understanding of individuals and groups from other cultures for improved outcomes. During this session, scholars from various divisions will discuss and present the case for the role of structural (and curricular) diversity and how each leads to cultural competence; ultimately, increasing graduation rates in education. Additionally, panelist will discuss the impact of institutional policies and practices on cultural competency as well as address the hidden and salient meanings of cultural identities, the notions of power and disadvantage that are attached, and how policies and practices reinforce ascribed meanings and inequitable relationships. Lastly, the session will highlight exemplary cultural competency cases/research that impact the education pipeline (and pathways) of students.

At the session, Dean Coleman presented his paper, Do Racially Identifiable Problems Demand Racially Identifiable Solutions? Dean Coleman’s presentation aimed to “challenge our thinking around the role of culturally or racially based interventions. Talking within the context of schooling to close the achievement gap, this presentation will review effective interventions for the degree to which they use racially identifiable solutions to close the gap.”

Dean Coleman was joined on the panel by Joseph White, University of California, Kimberly Griffin, University of Maryland, Kris D. Guitiérrez, University of Colorado, and Lawrence Doyle, David Geffen School of Medicine.

“The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. It is a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas — from early education through higher education, from digital learning to second language literacy.” Learn more about the AERA Annual Meeting.

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