ACI PARTICIPANTS WORK
TO BUILD SUCCESS IN DIVERSITY - 10/05/05
Closing the achievement gap
for ethnic students was a key item of discussion at the Associated Colleges
of Illinois colloquium on diversity, hosted at Trinity Christian College
Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30.
The ACI is an organization
of Illinois colleges and universities rooted in the liberal arts tradition
that works with business, government, and community leaders to enhance
education for students and raise awareness of the role and value of member
Dr. Nelvia Brady, professor
of business and Trinity's director of the office of ethnic diversity, noted
the colloquium was a way for educators and staff involved in diversity
efforts to learn ways of addressing challenges facing ethnic students on
liberal arts colleges across Illinois.
"This gathering provided
the opportunity for multicultural staff members to get together and share
best practices, and develop joint efforts to advance diversity," she said.
One outcome of the meeting
was an agreement to allow ACI to survey its member institutions about their
multicultural and diversity efforts, in order to build a database of information
to be used for future research.
The two-day meeting also
featured a report by Dr. Ray Legler, senior programming specialist for
Learning Point Associates, one of 10 regional laboratories funded by the
U.S. Department of Education, about under-representation of ethnic students
among high-achieving students on liberal arts campuses. The program also
featured a review of the film Urban Poet, produced by Latino filmmaker
Antonio Franceshci of New Film Productions.