Multicultural education is the process by which the structure of educational institutions is adjusted to provide equitable accommodations. Similar initiatives include a wide variety of programs and practices related to educational equity, women, ethnic groups, language minorities, low-income groups, and people with disabilities. These ideas implanted at the college level lead to transformation and societal changes that embrace diversity. Communication is essential. Human potential is articulated through a thriving diversity of cultures.
What is Multiculturalism?
Since 2015, Dr. Howard-Bostic organized and facilitated a workshop entitled, “From Diversity to Multiculturalism” workshop. These sociological workshops include Shakti Butler’s documentary, “Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity” to explore dialogue about racial inequities. CLICK HERE FOR THE YOUTUBE VIDEO of Howard-Bostic's presentation about Multicultural Workshops.
CRACKING THE CODES - MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION DOCUMENTARY
The documentary includes three video segments followed by group workshops and a panel discussion. The 75-minute documentary was developed in Oakland, California. It features 23 leaders in the equity movement who provide their students, staff, and communities with a deeper understanding of systemic inequity expressed in policies, services, and other forms of action. CLICK HERE to purchase the documentary.
SOCIOLOGICAL WORKSHOP - RESOURCES
Workshop 1- symbolic interactionist perspective to understand stereotypes and symbols. The group explored words that inspire an understanding of history, identity, and culture. CLICK HERE to download in PDF format.
Workshop 2- myths by discussing tall tales or false truths. Myths about minority groups were examined to explore social conflict. CLICK HERE to download in PDF format.
Workshop 3- external relationships and hierarchies of power. The workshop will explore three power dynamics impacting multicultural relationships. First, interpersonal relationships impact the power of individuals, acceptance, and rejection. Second, institutional relationships involve the power of rules that can affect social mobility among individuals and entire groups. Third, structural relationships involve perceived power of certain groups and societal conditions of the past. CLICK HERE to download in PDF format.
ACADEMIC RESOURCES - RELEVANT LITERATURE
There is no unified definition for multicultural education among scholars and practitioners. However, scholars provide a variety of context-specific definitions to justify the implementation of multicultural education. The literature explores different types of multiculturalism exist ranging from soft to hard multiculturalism. CLICK HERE FOR LINKS to download academic resources in MS WORD format.