Topic: Diversity, Culture, and Student Success
Equipping students for civic responsibility is one of higher education’s vital contributions to society. With a new HSI Status (Hispanic-Serving Institution) and nearly one century of religious heritage, Vanguard University rallied around its motto, “Truth, Virtue, Service,” to improve retention and success by developing early-warning indicators and faculty-staff training presentations.
The success of increasingly diverse students in graduate psychology is dependent on multiple factors. Changes must occur with students adapting often to new environments; institutions being accountable to addressing constantly increasing racial, ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity; and all members of our educational communities being involved in active partnership to ensure success. Contributing to a student’s personal and professional development with a social justice framework encourages them to contribute to the greater good.
This session seeks to emphasize how faculty can both challenge their own biases and address equity and visibility in the classroom. We will share how using a culture-centered pedagogy not only improves student learning, but also how such models promote participation and inclusion of people with diverse backgrounds and voices.