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Radical, skewed, benign, and calculated: reflections on teaching diversity.

Author: Yellow Bird, M.
Author Background:
Date 4/1/99
Type Journal
Journal Title: Reflections
Volume/Pages 5(2): 13-22,
Subject Matter Native Americans
Abstract This narrative shares the author s experiences teaching diversity in an undergraduate social work program. First, he begins by sharing his experience teaching diversity as a Ph.D. student. Second, he discusses his experienceteaching social work with First Nations in Canada and tells how this experience influenced how he later taught diversity. Third, he defines diversity and discusses how broad and elusive he has found this topic to be. Fourth, heshares different instructor roles he assumed in order to get students to appreciate the importance of this course. In this narrative, Indigenous and First Nations peoples are used interchangeably to refer to the aboriginalNations of the United States. He avoids, as much as possible, the terms Indian, American Indian, and Native American because he considers them to be colonized identities. When they are used, it is only in the context of adifferent quote. (Journal abstract, edited.)