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Inclusive Excellence Submission for
the Communication Studies Department

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The CST Department includes the following as goals for Inclusive Excellence--AY 2009-2010:

The CST 110 course has been re-designed to include a variety of communication contexts (interpersonal, group and public) with an infusion of culture and diversity as a strong component of the course. This academic year will allow us to:
1) define/extend students' knowledge of culture and diversity in all CST 110 sections
2) incorporate examples and anecdotes of "culture" as a communication phenomena
3) design written and oral assignments that allow students to demonstrate their understanding of culture
4) assess the cultural component in the new CST 110 curriculum

In addition, the following assignments have been submitted by other CST instructors in an attempt to demonstrate our commitment to inclusive excellence:
1) service learning and guest speakers that give students a better understanding of family and culture in the family communication course
2) encourage original research projects by undergraduate students that include a strong cultural component (in both CST 498 and CST 499)
3) engage in diversity service-learning projects in CST 452 (advanced organizational communication); specifically,
a) have students serve as consultants with the McNair Scholars program, as the come up with avenues for this organization to recruit/retain first-generation college students
b) have students serve as consultants to the Multicultural Student Center in an attempt to find ways to draw current students to their organizations and services (retention)
c) have students serve as consultants to Vicky Sanchez in Admissions to develop ways to recruit/retain diverse students
4) Continue with a strong intercultural focus in some sections of CST 260, as students will be required to develop organizational training ideas to diverse audiences
5) Highlight cultural theories in the Communication Theory course (CST 301)

In addition to the above pedagogical ideas, members of the CST Department plan to:
1) Participate in the Eagle Mentoring Program
2) Attend diversity workshops/informational sessions presented on campus
3) Attend/support speakers who come to campus that include topics of diversity
4) Have a strong presence at the upcoming While Privilege conference in the spring

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