"There are no national frontiers to learning."
- Japanese proverb

This module explores the issue of diversity, its impact on community college students and faculty, and how we can best facilitate learning in a diverse environment. Our brief review of issues and concerns is certainly not the last word on the topic, in fact it's merely an introduction. The Apply section offers an exercise to examine your own views on diversity. It could become the basis for a discussion group in your discipline or college.

This module also addresses the needs of students with disabilities . If we keep in mind that most of us are only temporarily "able," that most of us will face some form of disability in our lives, it may be easier to develop an empathy for those challenged by injury, illness, or other impairments. There are also legal reasons why you must accommodate students with disabilities. We hope you'll find this module a helpful guide to avoiding potential pitfalls .

We hope you'll write to us and let us know how you and your college benefit from and provide support for your diverse student body. Please be sure to tell us if we can use your comments or documents in 4faculty.

- by Kristina Kauffman

This module contains the following main readings:

  1. Dealing with Diversity
  2. Students with Disabilities

Knowledge Check

A definition of culture that serves community colleges well says that culture is predominately:

A. religious belief.
B. gender and age.
C. student ethnicity.
D. a social construct.




By the end of this module you should be able to:

1. Identify the characteristics of a student population that contribute to its diversity.

2. Locate information from regulatory and academic sources that establish the rights of students with disabilities.

3. Describe the responsibilities that faculty have in support of students with verifiable disabilities.


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