Total Credits: 2
“Culture is the whole complex of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features that characterizes a society or a group. It includes creative expressions, community practices and material or built forms."—from Our Creative Diversity: The UN World Commission on Culture and Development Report 2004
During the pandemic, domestic and international travel has been prohibited for many educators and lay volunteers who would otherwise have been interested in engaging in humanitarian service in the United States and abroad. Now that vaccinations and other developments make the idea of resuming some semblance of normal life possible, this is an ideal time to prepare oneself emotionally, intellectually and spiritually for domestic and/or international community service. In this interactive workshop offered in partnership between UI&U’s Education Transformation and Strategic Alliances (ETSA) and the non-profit organization Teaching by Heart in Haiti, Dr. Diane Richard-Allerdyce draws on her many years of experience leading teacher training sessions in Haiti and the US to share tips for cultivating cultural sensitivity.
Starting with discussions of what culture means, participants will have the opportunity to explore how their own cultures have influenced them, how to recognize and respect the rich legacies of the communities they hope to serve, and how to avoid certain pitfalls in terms of approaches and expectations. Whether you are a member of a faith-based organization planning to sign up for an upcoming service trip, an educator hoping to share your expertise with teachers and students in a developing area, or a seasoned humanitarian volunteer looking forward to resuming service, this workshop can help you to cultivate your culturally competent teaching heart.
Diane Allerdyce, Ph.D., is Chair and Faculty of the Humanities & Culture (HMS) major of the Ph.D. program in Interdisciplinary Studies at Union Institute & University, where she has taught since 2008. She is also the co-founder of the Florida-based non-profit organization, Center for Education, Training & Holistic Approaches, Inc. (CETHA), which operates the Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts & Social Justice in Delray Beach, Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida. Diane is the author of a scholarly book, “Anaïs Nin and the Remaking of Self: Gender, Modernism, and Narrative Identity” (University of Northern Illinois, 1998). She has published articles, essays, book reviews, and poems in local, national, and international journals. Her poetry chapbook, “Whatever It Is I Was Giving Up,” won the 2007 Red Wheel Barrow Prize by Pudding House Publications.
Dr. Allerdyce received the NAPT Distinguished Service Award in 2007, the NAPT Outstanding Achievement Award in 2009, and the Jennifer Bosveld Poetry and Social Justice Award in 2015. In addition to Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, gender studies, feminism, and poetry, her research interests include international educational outreach efforts, particularly in Haiti, where she has authored and facilitates a support program for teachers.
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