The United States higher education institutions draw students from around the world creating some of the most diverse gathering of humans in our global community. This unique setting can be an excellent common ground to allow students to build bridges between peers from ‘diverse ethnicities, colors, religions, languages and perspectives’ (Ambrose,et.,1) as well as sense of belonging. Over a 5 year period, I have placed diverse students in small group teams based on their similar personality traits giving them a place to learn and belong. Each semester, students take a personality inventory and are placed on teams of 3 to 6 students with the same or very similar personalities. Student teams are required to collaborate the entire semester as they sit together, work together, engage in discussions, problem-solve, and create a group project involving community action.
|Keywords:||Diverse Groups, Group Collaboration, Diversity Education, Building Community, Global Community, Ethnicities, College Retention, Student Retention, Multicultural Education|
Assistant Professor of Education, School of Education, Macon State College, Macon, Georgia, USA
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