Catalyzing Change: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in a Global Perspective

The aim of the Catalyzing Change: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in a Global Perspective course is to transform students into catalysts for change, bridging differences in their respective communities and ensuring an equitable and inclusive environment no matter what community they represent. The course will address emerging diversity and inclusion issues through exploring real-life, current events and experiences. Students will be asked to reflect upon their own identities and privileges in order to relate their understandings and experiences to those who face systematic barriers. Students will develop the capacity and courage to plan and facilitate equity programming. Specifically, they will gain the knowledge to facilitate engaging intergroup dialogues that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within their respective communities. By the end of the course, students will gain intercultural skills and be more equipped to lead in a diverse and globalizing world.

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The talk is a part of the Open Education Design – Course for Practitioners 2018 event filmed and produced by Videolectures.NET.


Arienne L. Calingo

Arienne L. Calingo is an Ed.M. Candidate in International Education Policy at Harvard University, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA. She got her BA in Theology (Religious Studies concentration) and Arabic and Islamic Studies from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.


Larry Cooperman

Larry Cooperman, M.A.Ed., is a former president of the global Open Education Consortium, which comprises 300 universities, colleges, educational institutions and associated organizations. From 2011-2018, he served on the board of directors of the African Virtual University (AVU) as global liaison for higher education. He recently retired from over two decades in senior management at the University of California, during which time, he launched online learning projects at both UC Berkeley and UC Irvine. After launching UCI OpenCourseWare in 2007. In 2012, he became the associate dean for open education of the UCI Open project. In a collaboration that eventually included the School of Physical Sciences, the chemistry department, California State University and the California Community Colleges, UCI Open developed the OpenChem, an extensive collection of lecture materials, a custom-develop search engine, and ancillary materials from faculty, lecturers and external OER resources from OpenStax College and the LibreText project. Cooperman’s final role at UCI’s Division of Continuing Education was as its Senior International Representative.


Nasir Baba

Nasir Baba is a Senior Lecturer in Curriculum Studies at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Nigeria with a research interest in Quranic education system, pedagogy, and educational inclusion. He is a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) African Humanities Programme and a consultant for a Programme of Skills and Employment (Mafita) for marginalised youths in Northern Nigeria funded by DFID, U.K.