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FY 2013 Tilford Fellows/Abstracts

(1) Critical Regionalism: Search of Design Identity within Diversity

(2) Purchase of “35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say”, by Maura Cullen for 112 first year veterinary students and 24 faculty mentors

(3) K-State Salina Diversity Assignment & Project Showcase

(4) Kansas State University’s Black History: A Digital Museum and Archive

(5) Kaw Nation Cultural Heritage Project

(6) Through the purple glass: A K-State perspective on Latin-America and beyond phase II

(7) GENAG 210, Human and Cultural Diversity in the Food and Agricultural Sciences

(1) Critical Regionalism: Search of Design Identity within Diversity


Department/Unit: Interior Architecture and Product Design

Ryadi Adityavarman

The objective of the proposed project is to develop a multicultural teaching and learning course entitled Critical Regionalism: Search of Design Identity Within Diversity (with comparative case studies in Bali and Singapore).  The proposed course will introduce students to 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 approaches on both the predominant modern western design and non-western traditional design traditions.   The design case studies will focus on selected exemplary residential, hotels, and wellness resorts in Asia specifically in Bali (as representative of contemporary design in traditional rural context) and in Singapore (as an example of contemporary design in modern urban context).

This on-campus course proposal will serve as a companion to the planned off-campus Bali Study Abroad course.  The Bali program has received International Incentive Grant in the amount of $3500 from the KSU Office of International Program in September 2012.  The field survey to Bali as the initial stage of the course development will be conducted in Summer 2013 with the new Bali Study Abroad course will be offered starting in 2014.

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(2) Purchase of “35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say”, by Maura Cullen

Department/Unit: College of Veterinary Medicine

Ronnie Elmore
Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Admissions and Diversity

The 112 new incoming first year veterinary students and their veterinary faculty mentors will be given and required to read a copy of “35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say” by Maura Cullen (Morgan James Publishing, Garden City, New York, 2008).  Discussion of the ten concepts and 35 “dumb things” will be discussed during group mentoring sessions scheduled at monthly intervals during 2013.  Pre-assessment and post-assessment surveys will be administered.  Making students and faculty aware of “impact” versus “intent” will change the culture within the veterinary college and prepare veterinary students to practice in diverse communities. 

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(3) K-State Salina Diversity Assignment & Project Showcase

Department/Unit: Salina Engineering Technology & Arts, Science, and Business

Bill Genereux
Associate Professor

Becky DeGreeff
Assistant Professor

The Multicultural Committee from K-State Salina will host a Diversity Assignment & Project Showcase on the Salina Campus in the Fall Semester of 2013.  The showcase that will enable faculty who currently include diversity projects and assignments in existing courses to share examples with the colleagues.  A call for poster presentations will be solicited in April of 2013 via campus email.  The Multicultural Committee will select the ten best poster proposals in the showcase describing projects and assignments containing one or more of the Tilford multicultural competences.  The projects will be presented in the form of conference posters that are modeled after the American Society of Engineering Educators 2012 poster presentation guidelines (ASEE, 2012). Attendees will be invited to share a meal with small group discussions of current projects and planning for future diversity assignments and projects.

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(4) Kansas State University’s Black History: A Digital Museum and Archive

Department/Unit: Curriculum and Instruction and Midwest Equity Assistance Center

Tonnie Martinez
National Origins Coordinator, Midwest Equity Assistance Center

Charles Rankin
Professor and Director, Midwest Equity Assistance Center

Albert Bimper Jr.
Assistant Professor, Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs

Kansas State University Black History: A Digital Archive is a project to develop a digital audio/visual oral history collection focused on the experience of African American alumni, students, and faculty who represent have been a part of the Kansas State University culture. The project will include interviews, filming, and editing in order to create an electronic exhibit that will be available for Kansas students and teachers through the Midwest Equity Assistance Center website. The project also will also include downloadable lesson plans and an electronic “visitors’ center” that will allow for an exchange of reflections and ideas about the collection.  The final product will be utilized in the curriculum of EDEL/EDSEC 310, Foundations in Education and potentially other education courses. It’s web-based availability offers the potential for broader access to other programs on campus, for example, American Ethnic Studies and Leadership Studies.

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(5) Kaw Nation Cultural Heritage ProjectKansas State University’s Black History: A Digital Museum and Archive

Department/Unit: Communications and Agricultural Education

Debra Pryor
Media Production Specialist

Jason Ellis
Assistant Professors

In order to preserve the cultural heritage of the Kaw Nation, this project will include an e-book with professional photographs of Kaws in his or her traditional Kaw dress.  Also included will be cultural and biographical video interviews from members of the Kaw Nation.  Students will gain valuable experience and cultural competencies as they help coordinate logistics for data collection, conduct interviews, transcribe interviews, take photographs, log and edit video, write and edit e-book copy, and lay out the e-book.  Presentations will be make across campus and the e-book will be posted on several cultural websites as a resource for greater cultural understanding of the Kaw Nation.

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(6) Through the purple glass: A K-State perspective on Latin-America and beyond phase II

Department/Unit: International Programs

Gabriela Díaz de Sabatés
Instructor, Women’s Studies

Jeffrey Smith
Associate Professor, Geography

Salvador Oropesa
Professor and Head Modern Languages

Building upon the success we had from our 2011 Tilford Grant, we seek funding to post and release the bilingual (K-State compatible) website featuring the cultural diversity as well as biological, social, historical, geographical, and artistic richness of the different countries within Latin America all through the lens of the K-State community.  With monies from a 2012 Tilford Grant we will finalize the Mexico section of the Latin America website and begin coverage of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

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(7) GENAG 210, Human and Cultural Diversity in the Food and Agricultural Sciences

Department/Unit: Diversity Programs Office, College of Agriculture

Zelia Wiley
Assistant Dean and Director

GENAG 210, Human and Cultural Diversity in the Food and Agricultural Sciences, is a course that will introduce agriculture students to the concepts of diversity by learning about cultural awareness, global issues, food security, and he historical contributions made by different ethnic groups to the field of agriculture.  Students will investigate and learn these issues through group projects, research, reading academic articles, and attending and reflecting on different multicultural and diversity events on campus.

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