Diversity Training has become a hot topic in the last few years – both popular and controversial. Diversity means different things to different people, from race to religion to sexual orientation to social status.
Long hailed as a melting pot of cultures, America is home to millions of immigrants. Depending on who you ask, one-third to almost one half of U.S. students are considered racial or ethnic minorities. In this changing educational landscape, teachers are challenged with creating inclusive classrooms where students of all backgrounds feel represented and welcomed.
This resource explores how teachers can build an inclusive multicultural learning environment. Their idea is that multicultural education is not a task to be done or even an end goal to be accomplished. Instead, they look at it as an approach to education that aims to include all students, promote learning of other cultures, and teach healthy social skills in a multicultural setting.
YouthResource is a Web site created by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people 13 to 24 years old.. It covers a wide range of issues and offers support, community, resources, and peer-to-peer education.
Teaching Tolerance, part of the Tolerance.org web site, serves as a clearinghouse of information about anti-bias programs and activities. Their goal is to present some of the more innovative, useful initiatives found to date. Teaching Tolerance also produces and distributes free anti-bias materials for classroom use.
DiversityWeb, while aimed at colleges & universities, provides a comprehensive compendium of campus practices and resources about diversity. This can be a good site to review the issues and identify curriculum ideas you can use in your neighborhood.
California Newsreel provides training videos for both student and Faculty/staff use. Several of the videos are accompanied by excellent Facilitator Guides that can help integrate your screenings into a larger, well-defined process of critical inquiry and action.
Understanding Prejudice is aimed at teenagers. It provides surveys and links. This site is well-organized and factual.
The Human Rights Resource Center, hosted at the University of Minnesota, contains more than 25,000 documents.
Human rights are becoming more than just a phrase. As America moves into the 21st century, many of the stereotypes of the past are being acknowledged. Schools' curricula are being enhanced to reflect the principle that "all men [and women] are created equal".
In the process, these curricular changes are raising student (and teacher) self-esteem. Students who do not have to apologize for their race, creed, gender, or orientation will become better students.