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Rhodes Faculty To Present Collaborative Research on Diversity At Southwestern University Symposium

Publication Date: 10/7/2010

The results of a three-year collaborative program, including Rhodes College, will be presented Oct. 8 at the Edgar F.  Beckham Engaged Diversity Symposium at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas. Open to the public, the theme of the symposium is "Collaborations in Curriculum, Research and Pedagogy on Issues of Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Class."

The event will feature presentations by faculty from Rhodes as well as Dillard University in New Orleans, Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Morehouse College in Atlanta and Southwestern University.

Chris Wetzel, a psychology professor at Rhodes, and Anne Borden, a sociology professor at Morehouse College, will present their study titled "The More We Are Different, the More We Are Alike: Faculty Perceptions of Campus Climate Diversity Issues at Two Liberal Arts Colleges."

Marcus Pohlmann, a political science professor at Rhodes, and Winona Somervill, a sociology professor at Dillard University, will present their study about racial segregation in the Memphis and New Orleans public schools. 

Projects were funded by a three-year, $150,000 grant Southwestern University received from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Most of the projects originated at a meeting of interested participants held at Huston-Tillotson University in 2008..

Originally designed as a faculty exchange program, it has resulted in facilitating collaborative research projects between faculty members who share common interests, according to Southwestern University officials.

Tags: Faculty, Grants

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