Category Archives: Cultural Competence

Student Centered Ecosystem

Dr. Lydia Hartunian is a professor of Philosophy & Humanities at Kirkwood Community College. She is also a Professional Development Fellow for KCELT. I asked Lydia how she teaches philosophy and humanities to undergraduates in a way that is interesting and fun. With her sense of humor, Lydia said, “I probably should not say this… [Read the Full Story]

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Study Abroad Experiences Spark Student Aspirations

“I truly believe that through participating in the Kirkwood Study Abroad trip to India, I now have a better idea of what I want to do after I graduate,” wrote one student.  “The trip helped reiterate my desire to live and work abroad someday and aided in solidifying my want to work with underprivileged kids.” … [Read the Full Story]

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Community Partnerships Strengthen Learner Success

The end of February presented several events that raised Kirkwood and the community’s awareness of issues our minority students and their families face. On Saturday, February 21st, a positive dialogue about law enforcement and community relations was hosted at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids.  Several Kirkwood faculty, including Juanita Limas and Chris Cronbaugh, attended… [Read the Full Story]

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Boundless Energy for Learning Renewed in Japan

Earlier this year, Loughton Smith, bakery instructor in the Hospitality Arts department, went to Japan with several culinary students to learn and get the whole experience of Japanese cuisine and the traditions and culture associated with it.  At the end of his narrative, he describes his biggest takeaway, “Even small town people from a small… [Read the Full Story]

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Kirkwood’s First Global Service Award Reception

On a rainy afternoon of Friday, September 5th, the International Programs department hosted the first ever Global Service Award Reception.  In attendance at Linn Hall were most of the global service awardees, the International Programs staff, a few Study Abroad Faculty Leaders,  President Mick Starcevich, and other supporters of the awards, including KCELT.   The… [Read the Full Story]

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Revisiting Differentiated Instruction

Richard Johnson, English faculty at Kirkwood’s Iowa City Campus, was “knocked back in his chair” by a reading from last semester’s Culturally Responsive Classroom regarding differentiated instructional strategies.  This short 8-page reading was published by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.  In his response to the reading, Richard shares that “the cutting… [Read the Full Story]

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Diversity Conferences in Eastern Iowa

Within the time span of a month, the Eastern Iowa region has had several conferences dedicated to diversity in higher education institutions, acknowledging the continuously changing demographics of our community.  In fact, recently the Pew Research Center, published an engaging website about the Next America.  I recommend that you take a quick glance at this… [Read the Full Story]

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Nzelu: Sociocultural Perspectives on Learning & Intelligence

This is something I wrote on another blog several months ago before the Fall 2013 semester began.  I wanted to share it with you now in retrospect with the Culturally Responsive Classroom pilot project halfway completed.  I also wanted to add a little more on what I have learned since the original posting. In the… [Read the Full Story]

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It’s All Sociological: Studyguides, joint-testing, and student collaboration

Dr. Allissa King, Sociology faculty, presented at KCELT’s Learning Institute last week on student collaboration on study guides. To access all the slides from her presentation, please click on the link here:

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