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The 2007-2008 CVCC Diversity Plan

The Diversity Plan for Catawba Valley Community College contains three phases. The first phase has to do with presentations to the college and community that affect awareness of diversity issues, both on a local and international level. The second phase has to do with methods of delivery of instruction to the student body, and the third phase is the method of delivery of information to the student body in the form of teaching styles.
Our Globalization Committee works closely with the college to include diversity issues within its Action Plan for the year.

CVCC will be implementing several activities and events to increase global awareness and support diversity on campus.  The following items are a specific overview of how CVCC is instituting this diversity plan:

  • CVCC will use the access provided by World View to line up and bring speakers about global issues to campus.  We will have at least one presentation by a Carolina Speaker in the spring of 2008.
  • Wayne Wooten offered various presentations to our faculty and staff on his trip to India during staff development sessions.
  • Video presentation played for CVCC personnel on India trip.
  • A group attended a Community College symposium in Chapel Hill on Globalization.
  • In collaboration with the Globalization committee, the Business Division presented a book discussion on The Coming China Wars by Peter Navaro.  The presentation consisted of a panel of CVCC faculty who participated in a Question and Answer session.  CVCC students and staff along with members of the community and other community colleges were invited and encouraged to attend.
  • Students and faculty both mapped native countries on display in the library.
  • CVCC will present video Born Into Brothels to CVCC in spring of 2008.
  • Individual CVCC divisions will meet and discuss making changes or additions to syllabi to include global issues and activities. 
  • CVCC will send a team to both of the World View seminars in March 2007: Africa and South America.
  • CVCC will be sending a representative, Brenda, to the World View study abroad program in Senegal during the summer of 2007.
  • CVCC has established a sister college in China with help of World View and will begin pen-pal correspondence in Spring of 2008.
  • The Globalization committee will feature various displays of global interest in a prominent display cabinet on campus.
  • Seeds of Service in cooperation with the Globalization committee are sponsoring the 2nd annual CVCC Cares for Cause Race on March 8th, 2008.  The International recipient will be the Children of Promise children’s home in Kampala, Uganda.  The director of the home, Beth Wooten, was a speaker at our professional development day in January.

Catawba Valley Community College will hold its sixth annual Multicultural Celebration in honor of Black History Month in February.  The celebration is held annually. The purpose of this event is to hold a celebration on the campus of Catawba Valley Community College in honor of Black History Month to encourage students, staff, faculty, and citizens to celebrate the cultural heritage and contributions afforded to the community as a result of diversity.  This year’s event will feature the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., an organization dedicated to honoring the accomplishments of the African-Americans who participated in air crew, ground crew and operations support training in the Army Air Corps during World War II.  Entertainment will be provided by a combined choir from area churches and participants of the "Real Deal” music contest, directed by Rick Cline. The “Real Deal” was a project developed by Rick Cline that gave an opportunity to talented young musicians and performers with the Ridgeview community chosen as the focal point. The events are kicking off with the annual poetry contest for elementary, middle and high school and CVCC students. Entries in the contest will be accepted through Thursday, January 31, 2008. Winners in each category will read his/her poem at a reception at the Ridgeview Branch Library on Saturday, February 23, 2008, beginning at 2 p.m. Winning entries will also be published in the event program and on display for the celebration on February 26.

The second phase consists of strategies on how to meet the needs of the student body in diverse forms of delivery. Several departments have been given the challenge to double the number of Internet offerings. This allows other departments to use these classes to add to their own attempts to create completely on-line degrees. Both the Humanities and the Social Science areas have increased the number of offerings. The Math department is also looking at ways of expanding its offerings to allow students to complete degrees in other areas requiring math courses to complete the degree. The institution plans to soon have degrees that can be obtained completely on-line. Telecourse classes also continue to be popular with students not comfortable with Internet classes, but needing an option other than traditional seat classes.

The third phase consists of working with instructors on the various Learning Styles students have. New instructors are offered workshops on how to identify and meet individual learning styles of our multifaceted student body. Our students range from 14 years of age to some in their 80s. The institution works to provide assistance to all students needing additional help in the academic area.

The institution will continue to work toward creating awareness on the campus of our role in the global economy, and meet the needs of students in both culturally enriching programs and educational learning methods.

 
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