The magic to breaking down barriers

first_imgUniversities which believe that simply bringing together diverse students in classrooms, residences, and dining halls is enough to make an integrated study body may need to think again.According to Shaun Harper, executive director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, that simple assumption amounts to magical thinking ― and it has consequences.On March 5, Harper addressed “Fostering an Inclusive Campus Environment: From Magical Thinking to Strategy and Intentionality” as the inaugural presenter for the Harvard College Visiting Scholar Program.Harper said that institutions such as Harvard and Penn often assume that “merely having a diverse student body ensures that [students] will magically benefit from and interact across difference and that the university doesn’t have to do much.” The result, he said, is “Balkanization and inescapable patterns of racial segregation.”Harper said that at schools across the country, he found areas of campus where only white students (or only black, or only Asian, etc.) congregated ― what he called observable trends of racial segregation.“When there is no institutional strategy to disrupt that, or at least raise consciousness, we presume it will go away,” he said.Another consequence of magical thinking is student dissatisfaction and departure. Minority students may feel isolated in classrooms and other campus environments, and attrition rates among blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, and others are often due to on-campus diversity issues, Harper said. In addition, many people from “dominant power groups” come to college with racist, sexist, or homophobic assumptions, and schools need institutional strategies to combat these, he said.Harper said colleges and universities must intentionally raise consciousness and battle bias on their campuses, developing strategies that bring principles of good educational practices to fruition. Intentionality requires individual reflection, he said, and also demands that colleagues come together to think and talk about the actions needed to disrupt segregation, assure student success, and nurture racially competent global citizens.“Well-intentioned faculty and administrators are doing things they think will work for students,” Harper said, “But without engaging students as meaningful partners in the design and conceptual building and implementation of these efforts,” they won’t attract students: Cross-sectional partnerships that bring the faculty and administrators together in meaningful and collaborative ways are critical.Finally, a written, actionable plan that identifies key people and collaborative relationships, anticipates barriers, and forecasts how to overcome them is key, Harper said. “It has to have data, an assessment strategy,” and resources attached to it.“Too often, I ask administrators for their plan, and they say it’s all here,” he said, pointing at his head. “It’s not a plan if it is not written.”This program was co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Harvard College, the Office of BGLTQ Student Life, Harvard College Women’s Center, the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity, the FAS Office for Diversity Relations and Communications, and the Public Service Network.last_img read more

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Pre-marital workshop planned at UGA

first_imgIt’s estimated that each year in Georgia, one couple files for divorce for every two couples that get married. Couples who participate in premarital counseling are at a lower risk for divorce.Engaged couples in the Athens, Ga., area are invited to participate in a pre-marital preparation and relationship enhancement program provided by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Aspire Clinic.A day-long program, limited to 10 couples, is scheduled for April 9 at the Sandy Creek Nature Center.Couples can also enroll for a series of six one-on-one sessions with a trained counselor at the ASPIRE Clinic, located on the UGA campus.Registration for either option is $60. Couples who complete the program qualify for a $35 discount on their marriage license.For more information, visit www.gamarriages.com or contact Ted Futris at (706) 542-7566 or tfutris@uga.edu.last_img read more

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Cops ID 2 Men Killed in Hicksville Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police have identified the teenager and 26-year-old man who were both killed when their vehicles collided in Hicksville last week.Kashyan Patel, 17, of Hicksville, was driving an Acura westbound on Old Country Road when he collided with a Volkswagon driven by Nicholas Zarzana of Mount Sinai, who was making a left turn out of Antun’s Catering at 11:37 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, police said.The collision caused the Volkswagon to strike a Toyota Prius driven by a 55-year-old man. Zarzana was ejected from his vehicle into the roadway, where he was struck by a fourth vehicle that was heading eastbound at the time, police said.Zarzana was pronounced dead at the scene, as was Patel, whose vehicle skidded across the road and struck a tree, police said.Two passengers in the Volkswagon were taken to a local hospital, where they were treated for their injuries..Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

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Make the most of first contact

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Connect with members from the moment you meet.by: Dianne MolvigA new member comes to you to open a checking account or ask for a loan. And you have that person’s full attention.It’s the perfect moment to talk about what else your credit union can do to help the member.But there are some do’s and don’ts in that process, says Carla Schrinner, implementation manager and senior master trainer with CUNA Creating Member Loyalty:1. It’s not about products“What I tell credit unions is, the key is to turn off this concept of product and turn on the concept of need,” Schrinner says. Your task is to find out what that financial need is. The member may ask for a checking account, for instance, but what she’s really looking for is a convenient way to pay bills. What’s the best way for the credit union to meet that need? continue reading »last_img read more

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Central Java kindergarten explores new ways to teach over pandemic

first_imgAs schools struggle to keep pupils engaged during the pandemic, a kindergarten on Indonesia’s Java island is getting pupils back in the classroom using makeshift transparent cubicles and also sending teachers on home visits with social distancing barriers.Permata Hati Kindergarten, a private kindergarten with 135 pupils in the city of Semarang in Central Java province, is allowing six pupils per day to spend time in the classroom, giving children a chance to attend school once every two weeks.Central Java has recorded Indonesia’s fourth highest number of infections and at least 287 people have died in Semarang alone, according to government data. “I’m not bored at all, because I can do Zoom calls with all my friends, I can also meet my teacher. I love it,” said five-year-old Jihan Notharisa.The learning sessions include dancing, music and Koran reading and the kindergarten also sends teachers to visit students at their homes, with portable protective screens for social distancing.”As parents, we strongly support this activity, so that our children can meet with their teacher in person even though the time is limited,” said Nita Dwi Nurhayati, a mother of a pupil.Most schools in Indonesia have not resumed full-time physical classes yet unless in “green zone” locations with fewer coronavirus cases. Overall, Indonesia has reported 98,778 COVID-19 cases and 4,781 deaths, the highest toll in East Asia.  Topics :center_img Accompanied by parents, the children sit within protective boxes made using plastic sheets that are disinfected after each classroom session to get guidance to direct their learning.”The transparent box is one of our commitments for prioritizing health protocols,” said headmistress Hindarwati, who uses one name like many Indonesians.Everyone attending the school is required to wear a mask, face shield, gloves and have temperature checks.Parents uncomfortable with risking sending their children to school can choose home learning with online sessions via video conferencing applications like Zoom.last_img read more

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Monchi confirms offer from Arsenal after shock return to Sevilla

first_imgMonchi was unveiled at Sevilla on Monday (Picture: Sevilla FC)‘It was the one that brought things together and had the conditions for me.’Arsenal reportedly offered Monchi a deal worth £2.5milliona year to become their sporting director.The Gunners are in the process of a restructuring of their club hierarchy and the snub from Monchi is a major blow for the Londoners.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMislintat reportedly left his role as head of recruitment because he felt his authority was diluted by football administrator Raul Sanllehi.Monchi would too have had to answer to Sanllehi, who joined Arsenal last year just before Arsene Wenger’s exit.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Sevilla made a late move for Monchi (Picture: Getty)But Sevilla hijacked Arsenal’s deal for Monchi and managed to convince him to return to the club where he built his reputation 17 years ago.ADVERTISEMENT‘I appreciate the interest of Arsenal, perhaps the one that has shown the most interest, and of other clubs who have made contact,’ Monchi said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I have evaluated the proposals I had and I have chosen Sevilla. Comment Arsenal failed in a bid to bring Monchi to London (Picture: Getty)Monchi reveals he chose to re-join Sevilla over an offer from Arsenal because the project at the Spanish side appealed to him more.The new club sporting director confirmed Arsenal had pushed hard to bring him to the Emirates, but ultimately could not lure him away from Sevilla.Arsenal were thought to have bagged Monchi to replace the departed recruitment head Sven Mislintat in a new role when he left Roma earlier this month. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Monchi confirms offer from Arsenal after shock return to Sevilla Coral BarryMonday 18 Mar 2019 2:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link278Shareslast_img read more

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Hamptons style homes go under the hammer in Brisbane

first_imgInside 40 Rome St North, Yeronga.Downstairs is an additional bedroom, bathroom, laundry and two car garage. There is also a large open plan living, dining and kitchen area complete with wine cellar, alfresco entertaining area and in-ground pool. Inside 9 Rugby St, Coorparoo.The two-level, light-filled home has functional flowing interior spaces complete with high ceilings, timber flooring, neutral colour palette and stylish contemporary finishes which are “perfectly in tune with the Hamptons aesthetic.” The home at 40 Rome St Noth, Yeronga.The home has spacious interiors spread throughout the two levels, designer concrete floor tiles, high ceilings and an open plan layout that transitions indoor and outdoor living and entertaining. The home at 74 Swan Tce, Windsor.Marketing agent Jack Dixon of Dixon Family Estate Agents, Toowong, lists the property as “a rare offering for families, investors and executive couples who prioritise quality, convenience and lifestyle.” The home at 40 Rome St North, Yeronga.Marketing agent Roger Carr of Ray White, Bulimba listed the property at 40 Rome St North, Yeronga as a “contemporary residence perfect for entertaining all year round.” The impressive wine cellar at 40 Rome St North, Yeronga.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoSprawled over an elevated 728sq m block in Coorparoo, this Hamptons inspired home is also going under the hammer on Saturday. The home at 9 Rugby St, Coorparoo.Marketing agent Phil Burley of Place Real Estate, Bulimba described 9 Rugby St, Coorparoo as having “an abundance of indoor and outdoor living and entertaining spaces, perfect for relaxed Brisbane living.” Inside 74 Swan Tce, Windsor.There is also a servery window to the outdoor entertaining area from the kitchen.On the same level, there is three bedrooms, a study, bathroom and master bedroom with walk-in-robe and ensuite. Inside 9 Rugby St, Coorparoo.Downstairs, the open plan living and dining area opens out to a covered outdoor patio which overlooks the yard and in-ground pool, which Mr Burley describes in the listing as a “peaceful retreat destined to inspire summer gatherings with friends and family.” The home at 9 Rugby St, Coorparoo.A laundry, fifth bedroom and bathroom as well as a double car garage and media room complete the lower level of the home. On the first floor, a master bedroom with walk-in-robe and ensuite is separated from the other three bedrooms for peace and privacy. Inside 9 Rugby St, Coorparoo.There is also a central family room, bathroom and additional toilet. 9 Rugby St, CoorparooThose in the market for a new home will have plenty to choose from, with many stylish, Hamptons inspired homes in Brisbane going under the hammer this weekend.In Yeronga, this stylish property is going to auction at 10am on Saturday, February 10. The home at 9 Rugby St, Coorparoo.The property will go to auction at 11am on Saturday, February 10. Positioned high to capture the breeze and city views in one of Windsor’s best locations, the beautifully restored Queenslander home at 74 Swan Tce, Windsor will also be up for grabs on Saturday. Inside the home of 40 Rome St North, Yeronga.On the top floor is three bedrooms, a rumpus room, bathroom and master suite with walk-in-robe and ensuite, complete with twin vanities. The home at 74 Swan Tce, Windsor.“With so much character and charm this close to the city, the home is hard to resist,” he said. The charming home has timeless features such as timber floors, fretwork and a double fireplace. Inside 74 Swan Tce, Windsor.On the main floor of the two-level home the open plan sitting room, living and dining rooms flow out through bifold doors onto the outdoor entertaining area, in-ground pool and yard. The home at 74 Swan Terrace, Windsor.Downstairs, the home has a media room, laundry, patio area and two car lock up garage. The property will go to auction at 12pm on Saturday, February 10.last_img read more

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History for sale on Atherton Tablelands

first_imgFormer Prime minister Gough Whitlam with Former Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen in the early 1970s.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoBefore its involvement in the scandal, the home also had links to the Australian Army.The oldest part of the home was once a water tank built by the army in 1943 to supply water to troops during the Second World War.In the 1950s the Radlof family took ownership of the tank and converted it into a home, using dynamite to blast holes in the thick tank walls for the windows and doors, and adding an extension.The tank was divided into two levels with a guest bedroom upstairs and a formal lounge room on the ground floor.The main home was built around the tank and included a kitchen, dining room, living area, bathrooms and bedrooms. Dynamite was used to blast holes in the former water tank for the windows. Picture: Supplied.The scandal was a precursor to the Constitutional Crisis and the dismissal of the Whitlam Government.Mr Williams said Sir Joh was rumoured to have visited31 High S t during the time Mr Francher lived there.“Sir Joh was friends with Wiley and whenever Sir Joh would visit, he would stay at the house,” he said.In the aftermath of the Loans affair, it was revealed in Queensland parliament that Mr Francher owed money to numerous people and had declared bankruptcy.One particular debt, according to historic Hansard records, was for a $14,920.30 phone bill racked up at 31 High St, Atherton, during the time of the Loans affair.Mr Francher had claimed “the phone was a tool of the Government, a Government request and a Government utility” and therefore he should not be responsible for the debt. The home at 31 High St, Atherton, was once an army water tank. Picture: Supplied.THIS Atherton home began its life as an army water tank and is rumoured to have played host to Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen during the Loans affair scandal of the 1970s.The four-bedroom property is on the market at 31 High Street, Atherton, for the first time in 20 years.Marketing agent Brendan Williams, of First National Atherton, said during the 1970s it was the residence of controversial American Wiley Francher.Mr Francher, an associate of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, helped the then Queensland premier investigate the Loans affair, a political scandal where the Whitlam Government was accused of attempting to unconstitutionally borrow money from Middle Eastern countries.center_img An aerial view of the tank house at 31 High St, Atherton. Picture: Supplied.“Most people call it the tank house,” Mr Williams said.“There are a few tank homes around the area but this one is particularly well done and it is very visible.”Today, the house has 388sq m under roof with a well-equipped kitchen, a patio and a master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.The water tank section has a living area with fireplace downstairs and a bedroom with beautiful views upstairs.Mr Williams said buyers were impressed by the 2,023sq m block and the views.The property is on the market for $465,000.last_img read more

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Portugal awaits LNG cargo from Nigeria

first_imgImage courtesy of RENREN’s Sines LNG import terminal on Portugal’s Atlantic coast is scheduled to receive a cargo of liquefied natural gas next week. According to the data provided by the Port of Sines, the 175,000-cbm carrier LNG Port-Harcourt II departed Nigeria LNG facility on Bonny Island and is set to dock at the terminal on March 23.The vessel transporting the cargo was delivered to Bonny Gas Transport (BGT), a unit of Nigeria LNG, at the end of 2015, from the South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries.NLNG’s Bonny Island facility has the capacity to produce 22 mtpa of liquefied natural gas from its six trains.The Sines LNG terminal located on Portugal’s Atlantic coast in the industrial area of Sines port has a nominal sendout capacity of 600,000 cubic meters per hour (5.26 bcm per year), with a peak capacity of 900,000 cubic meters per hour. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

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