Headlines: Extended Diversity Experience

Headlines: Extended Diversity Experience


In June,
participants in the Extended Experience Program of the Annual Provost Diversity
Institute for Faculty Development, came together one final time to share with
other faculty members what they learned during their year together. Professor
Linda Tashbook was one of the participants in this year’s program. “I
came into the Extended Diversity Program thinking, as a law librarian who teaches
legal research, I’m working with a totally neutral palette. I have, the law
is neutral and research is certainly very neutral, so how am I supposed to
incorporate diversity into my classes? I didn’t want to raise diversity issues
and cause people to think I was differentiating among clients or lawyers
or anything, and so that’s what made me worried going into the diversity program.”
“A lot of them come in in the program thinking that diversity is just about race, gender, and ethnicity. We try to show them that it expanded beyond that, and how to be more inclusive of the diverse population, or the environment that they are working in
here at Pitt.” Their final project was to put together a poster presentation on
how diversity inclusion will improve their and the students learning
experience, here at Pitt. “What I’m thinking about with the poster is that,
lawyers need to appreciate where their client is coming from, and so this is
where I talk about cultural responsiveness. I also address
intersectionality in the poster, which is another diversity concept that I finally
really came to understand in Extended Diversity Experience. Whatever is
critical about that person’s identity, whether it has to do with their age, or
their abilities, or their culture, it matters in your legal research what this
client is like and how you relate to this client. That’s what the Extended
Diversity Experience taught me.”

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