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Teaching and learning about diversity through video

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Few topics in the management classroom can be as polarizing as diversity. Some faculty prefer avoiding emotionally-charged discussions or exercises in favor of delivering a well-organized lecture. In order to surface students’ deeply held or unconscious beliefs, we believe that experiential learning--in particular, film based learning-- is essential for cultivating authentic understanding and appreciation for diverse others. Film scenes offer a visual portrayal of diversity concepts which aid understanding, while also constraining extreme emotions by virtue of a greater external [characters] than internal [self] focus of attention. We offer several approaches, illustrative clips, and a list of films.


Suzanne de Janasz    
Seattle University
United States

Maury Peiperl    
Cranfield University
United Kingdom


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