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Campus Leaders

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Promoting Inclusiveness

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Excerpts from DeSousa-Brent Academic and Leadership Seminar Syllabi:


CORE 101, Fall 2012: Who Am I? Where Am I? Navigating the Politics of Difference at St. Mary's
Instructors: J. Ballesteros (International Languages and Cultures) and L. Howard (Academic Services)
Peer Mentors: Brittany Davis, Katie Schreven, Fatima Dainkeh, and Jewel Williams

Let's face it: the rural liberal arts honors college comes as a culture shock to most students.  But it poses special challenges to students from urban environments ("Is there anything to do here?"), those who are the first in their families to go to college ("What the heck is ...?"), those from ethnic minority groups ("Am I really the only Latino/Asian/black student in this class?"), and those from other underrepresented groups.  In this seminar, we explore the distinctive experiences, challenges, and opportunities of underrepresented students at St. Mary's.  We examine the complexities of race, class, gender and sexuality, and disability in academic culture and consider their impact on students' identity development and academic life. The springboard for our discussions are narratives drawn from a variety of sources: advanced students, professors, psychologists, social theorists, public figures, screenwriters, and, most importantly, you!  You will discover how you, like those who have gone before you, can maximize the benefits of your liberal arts education by cultivating self-understanding, developing critical skills, managing time and relationships, and much more. In this way, you become a campus leader making a difference at St. Mary's.

 

DBSP 101, Summer 2012: Academic and Leadership Seminar I
Instructors: S. Anderson (Philosophy) and L. Howard (Academic Services)
Peer Mentors: Brittany Davis, Katie Schreven, Fatima Dainkeh, and Jewel Williams

The DeSousa-Brent Scholars Program cultivates the leadership potential of students who are traditionally underrepresented at St. Mary's. Our hope is that the Scholars will guide the College's efforts to increase understanding of diversity and inclusion, both on our campus and beyond it.
The Summer Bridge Academic and Leadership seminar focuses on academic culture and equips first year Scholars with information and skills to navigate this "different world" with optimal success. We reflect upon the history and ideology of the academy in order to explain the "culture shock" almost all first-year college students experience. More importantly, we develop strategies for resisting shock and maximizing the benefits of liberal arts education: cultivating self-understanding, developing critical skills, managing time and relationships, and much more.
The springboard for our discussions will be several interesting narratives drawn from a variety of sources: professors and advanced students, social theorists, public figures, but, most importantly, you. You are invited to enter into conversation with these sources as you explore and deepen your own thoughts about college culture and experience.


DBSP 102, Spring 2013: Academic and Leadership Seminar II
Instructor: J. Ballesteros (International Languages and Cultures)
Peer Mentors: Brittany Davis, Katie Schreven, Fatima Dainkeh, and Jewel Williams

The DeSousa-Brent (D-B) Scholars Program cultivates the leadership potential of students who are traditionally underrepresented at St. Mary's. Scholars will guide the College's efforts to increase understanding of diversity.
Last semester we focused on three themes: (1) the gifts and challenges of academic culture, (2) identity development among first generation, working class, minority and white students, and (3) cultivating academic success skills. This semester we focus on positioning D-B Scholars to become campus leaders.  You'll continue to sharpen your academic and professional skills, but you'll also now shift your gaze outward, exploring ways D-B Scholars can apply your gifts, talents, and perspectives to promoting better understanding of identity differences and greater inclusiveness at St. Mary's. D-B Scholars will lead the College in creating better experiences for all students in these areas.