Multicultural Affairs Learning Outcomes

2014-2015 Learning Outcome(s) For Global/ Cultural, and Diversity Engagement Office of Multicultural Affairs

 

Program: Safe Space

Learning Outcome Objective:

GSM (gender sex minority) students will experience a supportive community, Environment, and Safe Spaces at Armstrong through the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ facilitation, maintenance, and orchestration of LGBTQIQ programs and Safe Spaces throughout campus.

Population:
All students; particularly students who identify as a gender sex minority will have the opportunity to benefit from a number of identified Safe Spaces on campus. Additionally, the training for Safe Space will be facilitated to faculty, staff, administrators, graduate assistants, and other professional staff.

Learning Experience:
Professional staff participants will engage with other faculty, staff and administrators, and will participate in a 3 hour Safe Space Training facilitated the last Tuesday of every month.  Those dates as well as the participating offices as Safe Spaces are updated on the Safe Space web-site. Another component of Safe Space is to address issues within the Armstrong Community as it relates to the LGBTQIQ population

Intended Learning:
75% of faculty, staff, and administrator participants in the Safe Space training will be able to discuss among, and explain to the student community issues facing our GSM student population. Additionally, they will be able to provide support, guidance, and resources to our LGBTQIQ students. GSM students will be able to identify faculty, staff, and other administrators available to assist them with their needs as it pertains to being an identified member of the GSM community. Additionally, GSM students will have a platform to discuss issues they are facing, learn from panel discussions and speakers, and actively participate in creating an open LGBTQIQ friendly Armstrong Community.

Method:
Students: This learning outcome will be demonstrated by observed behavior and students’ participation in other related programs (i.e.; have they signed-in, attended, and or registered for additional “Sexual Identity and Religion” speaker discussions, and post related events). Additionally, post surveys will be used following the aforementioned under “Learning Experience” for the purpose of measuring the intended learning and bench marking with peer institutions.

Faculty/Staff: Further, we will be able to look at Safe Space participation based off of the increased number of Safe Spaces throughout campus and the number of faculty, staff and administrators who register to participate in the Safe Space training sessions. Safe Space participants are given a pre and post assessment to determine if there has been an increase in subject based knowledge after the training session.

 

Program: African American Male Initiative (M.O.V.E)

Learning Outcome Objective:

More African-American male students will feel more connected, prepared, skilled, and successful in their academic and extracurricular endeavors at Armstrong through the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ facilitation, maintenance, and orchestration of programs and events for the M.O.V.E. student participants in an effort to retain and graduate more African American men.

Population:

African- American male students

Learning Experience:
Student participants will engage with faculty, administrators, and other students and will participate in a minimum of two Empowerment Sessions as programmed by the OMA.  Those activities will include programs such as:

  1. "Men of Color Fall Summit"  at Georgia Southern University
  2. "College Success 101" Series of Workshops
  3. "Money Managament" with Wells Fargo and Armstrong Peer Financial Counseling 
  4. "Study Abroad" with Armstrong International Education
  5. "Job Search Prep & Career Skills" with Armstrong Career Services
  6. "A Gentleman's Dinner: Image and Ettiquette"
  7. Regional, state, and national leadership conferences

Intended Learning:
60% of participants will be able to develop a smaller sense of community, have an additional support structure of Armstrong student mentors, faculty, staff, and administrators, recognize university resources as an additional means of support and guidance and support other programs as offered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Method:
This will be demonstrated by observed behavior and their participation in other related programs (i.e.; have they signed-in, attended, and or registered for additional “College Success 101 Sessions” speaker discussions, and post related events). Additionally, have they participated in other programs/ events as sponsored by OMA, are they meeting with their assigned student mentor on a regular basis, and are they taking advantage of the Armstrong Services as highlighted to them through the “College Success 101 Sessions."

 

Program: Cultural Heritage Themed Celebrations

Learning Outcome Objective:
Students will develop a sense of cultural appreciation for the celebrated heritage month as well as identify social justice issues and service to the others both in and out of the classroom as it pertains to the culture being highlighted.

Population:
All students, faculty, and staff

Learning Experience:
Student participants will engage with faculty, administrators, and other students and will participate in a minimum of two events or activities for the cultural themed celebration.  Those cultural heritage celebrations will include:

  1. Latino Heritage Month Celebration
  2. 'MLK Day Parade and Day of Services
  3. Black History Month Celebration
  4. Women's Empowerment Month

Intended Learning:
60% of participants will be able to discuss among, and explain to the student community at least one cultural subject highlighted throughout the week/ month as well as be able to articulate a related program(s) sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Method:
This learning outcome will be demonstrated by observed behavior and students’ participation in other culturally related programs (i.e.; have they signed-in, attended, and or registered for additional Black History Month or Women’s Empowerment Month activities, and post related events. Post surveys will be implemented for select activities within these larger month-long programs to measure the intended learning.

 

Program: Diversity Education/ Training

Learning Outcome Objective:
Participants will develop a sense of appreciation and respect for their own culture as well as cultures unique from theirs through diversity education workshops and speakers.

Population:
All students, faculty, and staff

Learning Experience:
Student participants will engage in a one hour diversity education training/ workshop focusing on their own feelings of identity and will participate in a reflection group discussion on ways to celebrate Armstrong’s diversity. Targeted participants will include:

  1. Residential Assistants
  2. Student Government/CUB Student Leaders
  3. Registered Student Organization Leaders

Intended Learning:
75% of participants will be able to discuss among, and explain to the student community at least one cultural subject highlighted throughout the session as well as be able to articulate  related program(s) sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Method:
This learning outcome will be demonstrated by observed behavior and students’ participation in other culturally related programs (i.e.; have they signed-in, attended, and or registered for additional activities, training sessions, and post related events).