First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

FYE/SYE Diversity & Inclusion Task Force

First-Year Experience and Second-Year Experience are in the process of developing new student learning outcomes for FYE 1220 and CORE 2000 to explicitly incorporate diversity and inclusion. FYE and SYE have created a task force of faculty, staff and students, which is meeting during Spring 2019. Goals include piloting outcomes in the latter part of Spring 2019 and fully implementing outcomes in courses taught in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Formal Charge

To develop:

  1. the FYE diversity, inclusion and protected speech outcomes and
  2. a plan to encourage diversity and inclusion curriculum throughout the core, culminating in reflective assignments in the CORE 2000 course.
Task Force Membership
  • Takeshia Brown, Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Dr. Alicia Brunson, Sociology and Anthropology
  • Nixivette Chavez, junior Management major and FYE 1220 peer leader
  • Dr. Claudia Cornejo Happel, Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Spencer DeMink, sophomore Political Science major, Armstrong SGA Executive VP
  • KeyShawn Housey, junior History major, Statesboro SGA Senator at Large
  • Jonathan McCollar, Liberty Center
  • Erin McFerrin, University Housing
  • Dr. Nate Palmer, Sociology and Anthropology
  • Dr. Jane Rago, Literature, Co-Director of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
  • Dr. Stacy Smallwood, Health Policy and Community Health
  • Chaienne Tucker, sophomore Writing major and FYE 1220 peer leader

Ex officio

  • Greg Anderson, SYE
  • Dr. Chris Caplinger, FYE
  • Marysol Ramirez, FYE
  • Kimberlee Yontz, FYE
Approved FYE 1220 Outcomes for Pilot Testing

At its March 6 meeting, the task force revised its draft outcomes based on feedback from the university community (see below). The new outcomes (in red, below) will be piloted in some sections of FYE 1220 in the spring and will be effective fall 2019. The full set of course outcomes are:

Students will . . .

    1. Develop and apply information literacy skills in academic and non-academic contexts by:
      • Determining the nature and extent of information needed to answer a question, explore a topic, solve a problem, and/or complete a project.
      • Identifying and accessing sources for their informational need.
      • Critically evaluating information for its currency, relevancy, authority, accuracy, and purpose.
      • Applying ethical standards in their use of information.
    2. Engage with their degree program, campus resources, and community by:
      • Researching their major (or potential major) and evaluating the extent to which degree expectations align with their personal goals.
      • Reflecting upon how campus engagement helps them reach goals and/or overcome personal challenges.
      • Examining our rights, responsibilities and the impact of our communication with others.
    3. Discuss diversity and inclusion through:
      • Examining their own identity and life experiences to understand how these influence their view of the world and how one behaves and interacts with others.
      • Exploring the differing experiences of privileged and/or minoritized identities and the common ground all identities share.
      • Articulating the challenges and rewards of interacting with others who differ from themselves and the role we all play in creating inclusive and exclusionary environments.
Previous Draft Outcomes for University Comment

The task force approved draft outcomes at its Feb. 13 meeting, and solicited comment via this website from students (through SGA), from FYE faculty, and the larger university community. FYE and the task force thank those who provided feedback. The existing outcomes of FYE 1220 can be found here.

Initial Draft Diversity and Inclusion Outcome

The task force recommends adding a new, third set of outcomes to FYE 1220, as follows:

Students will discuss diversity and inclusion through:

  • Examining their own identity and life experiences to understand how these influence their view of the world and how one behaves and interacts with others.
  • Acknowledging the differing experiences of privileged and/or minoritized identities, while also reflecting on the common ground all identities share.
  • Identifying the challenges and rewards of interacting with others who differ from themselves and examining the role they play in creating inclusive and exclusionary environments.
Draft Revision to Existing “Engagement” Outcome

FYE refers to the second of its existing outcomes (see here, #2) as the engagement outcome. The task force proposes replacing the third sub-outcome with this revision:

Students will engage with their . . . community by:

  • Examining their rights, responsibilities and impact of their communication and interactions with others.

Last updated: 4/12/2019

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