Working within educational and social institutions in the United States requires a deep understanding of issues of diversity and equity. Not only is it important to develop our own personal understandings of multiculturalism in our lives and professions, it is essential to critically examine how institutions and societies end up providing equitable and inequitable opportunities and realities, whether intentional or not – and to understand our role in supporting or altering these systems and structures. This course draws upon the academic disciplines of anthropology, sociology, psychology, and other positions and practices offered by intercultural, multicultural, and social justice researchers and practitioners. We will rely heavily on your own experiences along this well-worn path of meaning-making. Some of the core concepts and/or capacities we will explore include: culture, empathy, diversity, equality, equity, cultural responsiveness, culturally inclusive curriculum, male privilege, white privilege, power, multiculturalism, oppression, social justice education, cultural competence, transformational education, critical pedagogy, and more.
Field WorkCountry: Ghana
Date: April 3, 2019
In this field class participants will visit the Afrikan Magick Temple to learn about traditional West African spiritual practices. This visit introduces students to a new cultural experience and is an opportunity to see how culture is integrated throughout our experiences. This spiritual center “educates people on traditional West African spiritual practices and offers professional spiritual services to those in need. These practices are guided by experienced spiritualists referred to in Ewe as Bokors”. Following the visit to the temple we’ll head to International Needs Ghana where participants will engage in presentations on trafficking and slavery which will introduce students to practices different from their own. International Needs Ghana empowers vulnerable communities. These presentations will address power and privilege. Learning Objectives Participants in the field study will be able to:
- compare traditional spiritual practices of the Ewe tribe with their own beliefs and practices.
- examine their own privilege in relation to the oppression experienced by many individuals.