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Diversity and Civic Engagement in the University Classroom Context

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Organizer: Mohammed Kadalah

Co-Organizer: Evelyn Ferraro

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Diversity and Civic Engagement in the University Classroom Context 



When refugees and immigrants  land in the USA (and elsewhere, most of their thinking is on addressing their families’ needs for safety and education. There is little to no concern on their part about how they are depicted in the media and social narratives. But with the increasing discourse on race, ethnicity, refugees and immigration, and diversity, it becomes imperative to address these issues with more scrutiny in the university classroom context. Students have been more exposed to these issues;however, they are often presented with superficial, out-of-context data that hinders reaching critical and analytical understanding of how such issues play out in the real world. 



This panel seeks proposals from those teaching courses on diversity and civic engagement who are interested in teaching practices and approaches in the diversity classroom context. The panel aims to answer questions such as: how do we implement literary material in the teaching of diversity and civic engagement. How do we as educators respond to the hegemony of media and social media vis-à-vis classroom reading material? How do we address issues such as refugees and immigration in classes where there is very little  diversity? How do we frame our syllabi to respond to the more salient hate discourse in media? 


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