Gangs,Clubs and Soroities: A Method of Creating Diverse Collaborative Groups

By Sara Worley.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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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

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 5, pp.69-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 611.917KB).

Dr. Sara Worley

Assistant Professor of Education, School of Education, Macon State College, Macon, Georgia, USA

Communities where education and diversity succeed wonderfully or fail miserably interest me. I learn from the successful and try to apply it where the needs are immense. That is why I left a larger University to build a brand new School of Education at more rural college here in Georgia. This state ranks as 46th in education out of 50. We have worked hard and our first graduating class May of 2007 scored the highest in the exit exam compared to all other universities in Georgia. Something is working. I believe this method can work anywhere in our global community diverse adults or teens collaborate. I have taught and coached for twenty-five years in around the U.S. public and private education. My graduate work has been in Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta in the areas of diversity and special education. I am passionate about this work.

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