Dianne Cyr, Dr. Neil Dominas, Dr. Yvonne Frye, Larry Sheffey
The Community College of Denver's -ISM (N.) course was offered through
three departments: Human Services, Communications and Sociology. The
course's title was "Diversity: Your Story".
The primary goals of this course were to address diversity issues in new
ways using the documentary process as a tool and to change attitudes
about diversity recognizing individual students' interests. In addition,
the course aimed to create constructive public dialogue on diversity
issues building better student relations and finding connections to the
surrounding community. Students worked to define their own identities in
their own voice.
Community Educational Activity
A September screening of student -ISM (N.) documentaries is planned,
along with a panel discussion-including faculty and students from the
Community College of Denver. Members of the off campus community, along
with members of on campus organizations and students from local high
schools will also be in attendance. Follow up video screenings and
discussions are planned at various locations within the community.
Faculty involved will have the opportunity to earn faculty professional
development credit for their participation.
The Community College of Denver will coordinate students, faculty, staff
and community participation in their annual "Into the Streets"
initiative, sponsored by the Campus Outreach Opportunity League. Lastly,
an -ISM (N.) contest for the representation of "isms" through the arts
(i.e. poetry, essays, plays, music, art, photography, short stories,
etc.) is planned.
Contact: Yvonne Frye, CD_Yvonne@mash.colorado.edu
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Resources Used In Course
Rosenthal, Alan. (1987). New Challenges for Documentary. Berkeley: University of California Press. (Pitzer) (Loyola) (CCD)
Student Video Topics
sexual abuse ... racism ... reverse discrimination ... lesbian identity and
pride ... Chicana activism ... multiracial self-identity ... hate
crimes ... individualism ... transsexual self-identity ...