The President's Office Seventh Annual Conference on Diversity

Inclusion: A World of Opportunities


Course #TD1794

Discourse & Diversity: Teaching Non-Traditional Students to Read the University

Note: This session is capped at 21 participants.

Session Description: All of us entered school as children with a set of discourses, a primary discourse which we learned in the home and among our families and friends and a number of secondary discourses that we acquired through our individual experiences.  Discourses, drawing from James Paul Gee, “are ways of being in the world; they are forms of life which integrate words, acts, values, beliefs, attitudes, and social identities as well as gestures, glances, body positions, and clothes” (6-7).  In short, discourses are identity kits, which we employ to meet the communication requirements of our daily lives.  No discourse is intrinsically superior to any other discourse, but some discourses, somewhat tied to race but tied more to economic class, ease students transition into the university more successfully than others, because they meld well with the discourses of university education.  This presentation will, using the presenter’s experiences as a Professor in Residence at a Richmond, Virginia high school, explore methods of introducing non-traditional students to the discourses of the university using the language of college applications, college essay prompts, scholarship applications, college catalogs, etc. with the goal being to foster college success for these students.

Presented by:  Kenneth Wright

Session Information:
Monday, March 18, 2013
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
FCSC, Conference Room 4

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