NAKPEHE OFFICER/COMMITTEE REPORT
Progress Report
January 2006
Report # 7.09

Name of Office/Committee: Social Justice/Cultural Diversity

Person Submitting Report: Anna Marie Frank

Progress Report/Tasks Completed:

  1. The committee had a very productive meeting at the NAKPEHE conference in Tucson in January 2005. We discussed the need to address the goals of the committee, which calls us to address the NAKPEHE membership's needs regarding diversity.
  2. It was agreed that we would begin with an assessment of the current membership's need through an electronic survey. The data provided would help shape the committee's efforts for future conferences and activities.
  3. The survey was sent out in August/September 2005. A follow-up survey in response to the low participations rate was constructed and sent in October. The findings of the surveys will be presented at the administrative pre-conference and the general conference in San Diego, January 2006.
  4. Sam Hodge and colleagues have provided the Chronicle with six articles regarding various diversity issues (Hodge, 2003a, 2003b; 2005a, 2005b; Hodge, Faison-Hodge, & Burden, 2004; Hodge, Heydinger, & Cervantes-Olivares, 2005). Topics covered include papers on implementing diversity training and multiculturalism in physical education teacher education (PETE) programs (Hodge, 2003a); the graduate record examination and student diversity (Hodge, 2003b); mentoring (Hodge, 2005a); student diversification (Hodge, 2005b); and papers co-authored with Joe Burden, Jr., and colleagues on diversifying kinesiology/PETE faculty in higher education (Hodge, Faison-Hodge, & Burden, 2004); prioritizing PETE curricular requirements to better prepare physical education teacher candidates for inclusion and teaching students with severe disabilities (Hodge, Heydinger, & Cervantes-Olivares, 2005); and a paper in Quest on implementing diversity training in Kinesiology/PETE programs (Burden, Hodge, O'Bryant, & Harrison, 2004). Moreover, Joe Burden Jr., and his academic advisor provided the Chronicle with a paper on race and the politics of publishing (Burden & Harrison, 2003).

Suggestions for Future Plans Related to this Office/Committee

  1. At the January 2006 SJCD meeting, discuss plans for publication of survey findings. Discuss specific activities and plans to address the survey findings presented at the conference.
  2. Since racial diversity was the focus of the recent survey activity, discussion of other areas of diversity, particularly sexual orientation, need to occur.
  3. Compile a collection of professional articles to be complied into a SJCD "reader" that would be available to members at the 2006 conference. This reader would include articles that the committee members believed to be valuable in furthering understanding and dialogue related to social justice and cultural diversity as related to the profession. Copyright clearance would be obtained and the reader would be sold at a fee that would cover the cost of distribution.

Action Required by Board: NONE

Budget Implications: Money to cover the cost of coping the reader for distribution if necessary.

References

Burden, J. W. Jr., & Harrison, L. Jr. (2003). Race and the politics of publishing: Perceptions of African American faculty in higher education kinesiology programs. Chronicle of Physical Education in Higher Education, 14(2), 8-9, 17.

Burden, J. W. Jr., Hodge, S. R., O'Bryant, C., & Harrison, L. Jr. (2004). Advocacy for implementing diversity training in PETE programs. Quest, 56, 173-189.

Hodge, S. R. (2003a). From ethnocentricism to ethnorelativism: Advocacy for implementing diversity training and multiculturalism in PETE programs. Chronicle of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education, 14(3), 5, 15-16.

Hodge, S. R. (2003b). Graduate record exam: A predictor of academic success or a gate to restrict entrance? The Chronicle of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education, 14(1), 3, 12-13.

Hodge, S. R. (2005a). Mentoring a diversity of students: A call for listening to their voices. Chronicle of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education, 16(2), 8-9, 17.

Hodge, S. R. (2005b). Strategies and benchmarks: Student diversification in KPE graduate programs. Chronicle of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education, 16(1), 4-5, 7.

Hodge, S. R., Faison-Hodge, J., & Burden, Jr., J. (2004). Politics, pitfalls, and precedents: Going beyond tokenism in diversifying physical education faculty in higher education, Chronicle of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education, 15(2), 6-7, 12-13.

Hodge, S. R., Heydinger, B. L., & Cervantes-Olivares, C. (2005). Prioritization of PETE curricular requirements to better prepare GPE teachers for inclusion and teaching students with severe disabilities. Chronicle of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education, 16(3), 6-7.