THE CULTURALLY INCLUSIVE EDUCATOR: PREPARING FOR A MULTICULTURAL WORLD

Dena R. Samuels, PhD
(Columbia University's Teachers College Press, 2014)

The Culturally Inclusive Educator asks educators to consider what they can do differently to create a welcoming, inclusive, and exciting environment for the 21st century. Based on the author’s national research and consulting work, this book examines the discrepancy between the current educational cultural climate and the need for educators and their institutions to prepare for a growing multicultural population. It asks what constitutes effective preparation, and provides guidance on overcoming personal and institutional challenges to cultural inclusiveness (stereotype threat, microaggressions, colorblindness/identity-blindness, implicit bias, among others). Samuels begins with the challenges facing the higher education community and then offers 8 transformative steps to help build cultural inclusiveness that any educator teaching any subject can utilize to increase their effectiveness. Culturally inclusive leadership is highlighted as the model for educators and institutions to embrace to become successful in today’s world.

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BOOKS & RESOURCES

DENA SAMUELS CONSULTING RECOMMENDS THE FOLLOWING BOOKS, LINKS, and OTHER RESOURCES.


Among her many publications in the pedagogy of social justice, Dena Samuels, PhD is an author of The Culturally Inclusive Educator: Preparing for a Multicultural World (Columbia University's Teachers College Press, 2014), already in its second printing. She is also co-editor of the anthology, The Matrix Reader:Examining the Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege (McGraw-Hill, 2009), and author of Teaching Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality (McGraw-Hill, 2009), a teaching guide that accompanies this volume.


Follow the links below for access to recommended books and resources on Diversity & Inclusiveness.
Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion








​​Through partnerships, outreach, research, institutes, literature, and other diversity services the Center bridges the gap between university and diverse communities to examine real world problems and contribute to the advancement of real world solutions.


The White Privilege Conference








A conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world.


Knapsack Institute​​






The Knapsack Institute is designed for individuals at the beginning to intermediate stages of this journey, as well as those seeking to refresh their approach and embrace intersectional strategies. The Institute is designed for all educators (k-12; higher education; workshop facilitators, etc.).

RECOMMENDED LINKS  

Building relationships across difference

Teaching Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality: A Teaching Guide to Accompany the Matrix Reader

Dena R. Samuels, PhD
(McGraw-Hill, 2009)

This teaching guide accompanies The Matrix Reader. It provides strategies for incorporating the topics of diversity and inclusiveness into the classroom, and includes techniques for managing emotions and encountering resistance. ​

THE MATRIX READER

Ferber, Jiménez, O'Reilly Herrera, & Samuels, Editors
(McGraw-Hill, 2009)

The Matrix Reader promotes a commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to teaching race, class, gender, and sexuality. This approach introduces readers to core social identities and demonstrates how those identities are intersecting, multidimensional, and complex. Unlike most books of its kind, The Matrix Reader highlights the duality of privilege and oppression and the effects that race, class, gender, and sexuality have on our lives. This reader includes poems, reflective literary prose, overviews of key historical themes, discussion of particular historical events and documents, images drawn from the media, contemporary statistics of inequalities, visual images, and tools that empower readers to become agents for social change.