As part of new diversity initiatives at Fordham, recently hired faculty are receiving specialized diversity training based on research, readings, and faculty members’ experiences in the classroom.
The initiative follows a report and action plan released late last year by the University’s Task Force on Diversity, calling for new measures to improve diversity and race relations on campus.
At the request of Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, Virginia Roach, Ed.D., dean of the Graduate School of Education (GSE), and Margo Jackson, Ph.D., professor of counseling psychology of GSE’s Division of Psychological and Educational Services, developed the pedagogy curriculum.
Led by Jackson, the intensive curriculum goes well beyond a mere workshop in that it will produce several academic papers and, perhaps, a publication of the group’s findings…. “These conversations make people cringe in the classroom, and faculty avoid them like the plague,” said Jackson. “But a university is the best place for difficult dialogue. Professors have avoided these kinds of discussion because we need the tools to do it.”