Faculty talk will explore diversity

Dorothy Brown-Smith (Photo Courtesy of Pima)


Pima Community College will host its second spring semester installment of a faculty Speakers’ Series on March 7.

PCC reading instructor Dorothy Brown-Smith will discuss “Cultural Awareness and Consciousness” in her presentation.

“When I am speaking of cultural awareness/consciousness, I am speaking of being conscious, mindful, attentive, cognizant and knowledgeable about diverse peoples and the culture they bring with them, and the value these diverse peoples and cultures bring to society,” Brown-Smith said.

The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. in the PCC Community Board Room (Building C) at the District Office complex, 4095 E. Broadway Blvd.

Admission is free and light refreshments will be available.

During the talk, Brown-Smith will conduct an experimental exercise titled “Wear the Label of Another.”

“This exercise, hopefully, will cause attendees to become aware of cultural bias that creeps into our lives without us being aware of it or even taking notice of it,” she said.

Brown-Smith began her teaching career in 2010 at various community colleges in Illinois. She joined PCC in 2015 and was named Rookie Teacher of the Year.

The final installment of the Speakers’ Series will take place on April 4. Writing instructor Maureen Salzer will present “Going Global Without Leaving Town: Strategies for Internationalizing the General Education Curriculum.”
For more information, call 206-4500.

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