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By on December 30, 2011 8:37 PM
These are a few highlights that I took away from Extension EFANS presentation on Effective evaluation with non-traditional audiences by Cindy Tong (Horticulture) and David Wilsey (Forestry). They both were speaking about evaluation of non-native English speakers who attend workshops and other programming.
- Creating culturally-sensitive evaluations, measure impact and suggestions for improvements.
- One of the main difficulties is evaluating in written form if attendees are not used to written language (i.e. hmong). Unfamiliar with scalar evaluations (excellent, good , fair, etc.), in addition they want to blend in and avoid disrespect the organizers.
- Tried written evaluations, DOTS surveys and oral surveys, similar problems with written language, and the oral survey encountered problems with talking in front of groups. This next year they are going to answer the questions in small groups first. To learn more, read their article in the Journal of Extension.
- Nested Challenges: it is one thing to get information and another about information quality.
- Three strategies used:
- inclusive: what is important and what indicates success , what is culturally appropriate (qualitative/quantitative, individual/group, active/passive)
- Adapt: too much information, too little information, overly structured
- Experiment: used a ballet method/votes to gather information, more info in his prepub article
- David does event mapping, to show intervention points on where you can interject information gathering, love tree rings to gather how old folks were 20-30 in this tree ring area with blue and pink push pins and ties into the forestry topic; when you disaggregate tools then you loose the ability to pinpoint to a specific population
Monday, June 13, 2011
12:00 pm, bring your lunch at 11:30 am
Room S30B, Wilson Library
What do you mean by diversity? A Discussion. In this session, Jody Gray, University of Minnesota Libraries' Diversity Outreach Librarian, will provide an overview of how the Office for Equity and Diversity's Framework for Transforming the University has influenced the work done on behalf of the University Libraries' and how it affects the broader campus community. On a practical note, what we mean in the Libraries' when we talk about diversity outreach will be discussed. Members of the Diversity Collaborative will also be in attendance to discuss the current trends, tools, and tips that can be applied to our work in diversity.
As the University of Minnesota pursues a path toward becoming an elite, global research institution, it is becoming more visibly exclusive. The Whose University? Campaign is organizing students, educators, workers, and community members to challenge this institution's priorities in equal access and resources for underrepresented groups. This semester we began production of adocumentary-style film which will be released next fall.
April 2oth, 2011
The Diversity Outreach Collaborative invites you to the next Current Issues Coffee Club:
Tuesday, December 14, 3:30-4:30 Upson Room Walter Library Coffee and treats provided from Franklin Street Bakery
The University of Minnesota Libraries participated in a self reflective study conducted by the University of Minnesota Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (IDEA). The self study group composed of faculty and staff commissioned through an application process in the Spring of 2009 by Associate Vice Provost Louis Mendoze, Director of IDEA, which was then still in its formative state. IDEA's goal is to promote and support scholars from the University of Minnesota as they collaborate in innovative and groundbreaking ways across disciplines, departments, colleges, campuses, and with local communities.
This group analyzed issues related to leadership, campus climate, the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff and students, the uses and reliability of data collection and metrics on diversity, accountability and evaluation measures, and teaching, research and support services that advance diversity and equity at the University of Minnesota.
The end result was a document titled ''Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota: Reflections on Meaningful Change.
Please join the Diversity Outreach Collaborative in discussing this document.
Event participants include: Senator Mee Moua (Minnesota State Senate, District 67); Mai Na M. Lee (Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Minnesota); Kathy Mouacheupao (Executive Director, Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT)); and Fres Thao, Emcee & Performance Artist (Member of Bakers Club, formerly of Illegoaliens). Moderated by Bic Ngo, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota).