FY 2015 Tilford Fellows/Abstracts
(1) Multicultural teaching and learning course entitled Search of Design identity Within Diversity with selected case studies in Dubai, Singapore, and Bali
Department/Unit: Interior Architecture and Product Design
The objective of the proposed project is primarily to develop a multicultural teaching and learning course entitled Search of Design identity Within Diversity with selected case studies in Dubai, Singapore, and Bali. The proposed course will introduce students to the Critical Regionalism theory as a dynamic interaction between homogenous global forces and unique regional design factors. The students will learn variety of cultural and local indigenous design traditions, so they will subsequently gain better understanding on multitude of contemporary architectural issues in global design practice.
The course will investigate significant theoretical orientation of Critical Regionalism, cultural interplay between economy, politic and social aspects and its practical design implementation. The students will learn Critical Regionalism on both the predominant modern western design and non-western design traditions. The design case studies will focus on selected exemplary contemporary architecture in Asia. The selected design cities are Dubai (as the model of newly cosmopolitan city), Singapore (as an example of contemporary design in modern urbanity), and specifically in Bali (as representative of contemporary design in traditional rural context).
The Tilford Grant will also enable me to achieve multiple scholarly initiatives including getting international and multicultural summer teaching experience at the American University in Dubai, conducting research on hotel design, and promoting institutional service for MOU signing with higher education institutions in the United Arab of Emirates.
(2) Young Writers Workshop
Tanya Gonzalez & Katherine Karlin
The Young Writers Workshop is a week-long creative writing camp for underrepresented middle-school-age students in the greater Manhattan area. The program is an initiative taken by the English Department with the goals of training our undergraduate and graduate students to teach and mentor diverse students, providing service learning opportunities for groups on campus, and ultimately recruiting students from underrepresented backgrounds to Kansas State University by encouraging their language skills and creativity. Our aim is to infuse the undergraduate and graduate curricula with a service learning component based on multicultural competencies.
(3) Developing Multicultural Competency: A Skills-Based Curriculum for Teaching Counselors-in-Training
Department/Unit: Student Affairs, Counseling, and Special Education
Broadening multicultural competency is an important facet to becoming a knowledgeable and empathic school counselor who can create and sustain therapeutic relationships with clients from diverse backgrounds. Through this project, school counselors-in-training will embark on a journey that incorporates skills-based, experiential service learning for understanding how multiculturalism envelops child and adolescent well-being.
Department/Unit: Diversity Programs Office/ College of Agriculture Research and Extension
Assistant Dean and Director
Orientation is the adjustment of oneself or one’s ideas to surroundings or circumstances. By incorporating a diversity section to the College of Agriculture (COA) departmental orientation courses, this will give the students the opportunity to become engaged in discussing diversity at the onset. Introducing students to diversity issues is a form of preparation as the students Kansas State University and later for a multicultural workforce. Secondly, these orientations sessions will serve as a platform to promote GENAG 210 for the following spring semester. Where this class, GENAG 210, Human and Cultural Diversity in the Food and Agricultural Sciences, will meet a criterion of K-State 8 and introduce agriculture students to the concepts of diversity by learning about cultural awareness, global issues, food security, and historical contributions made by different ethnic groups to the field of agriculture. Students will learn about these issues through group projects, reading academic articles, and attending and reflecting on different multicultural and diversity events on campus. To have a productive citizen and COA alumni who is multi culturally competent and sensitive serves as one of our college’s overall goal.