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Embracing Cultural Diversity with a Growth Mindset

Event date: 9/13/2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Export event

Published on 7/24/2019.

On Friday, September 13th from 10am to 11am, Innovative Educators is presenting a webinar titled Embracing Cultural Diversity with a Growth Mindset.  In this training participants will learn to acknowledge how gratitude can have a strong influence on one's overall outlook. In Higher Education, this translates as developing cultural awareness and leadership skills. Deciding to walk toward growth is the first step in embracing the road ahead and seeing challenges as opportunities for growth, not problems. We all have students that have fixed mindsets. We try to encourage positive behavior to set students up for success, but sometimes cultural differences, personal issues and financial stressors block students from seeing opportunities for growth. It is our job as educators and mentors to set an example with all our students, especially those that are unaware of how a growth mindset can be beneficial. This is a challenge as social media does not always support positive thinking. Therefore, as educators, how can we help? And, is it possible that we unintentionally play a role in our student's fixed mindset? 

The objectives of this course are:

  • Coping through understanding with an overview of Dweck's Theory
  • Recognizing the role of an educator in the behavior pattern of a student's mindset
  • Reviewing institutional policies that may contribute to instances of fixed vs. growth mindset with students that are academically "at-risk"
  • Recognizing how language plays a role in students' motivation to reach out to professional and faculty advisors
  • Proactively address the likelihood of fixed vs. growth mindset in the new student orientation and beyond

The presenter is Professor Lori Marie Huertas who was born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico. She is passionate about STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) as well as higher education with over 15 years of experience. Her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies focused on International Business. Her internship included travel to more than 6 countries in Latin America. Her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology has been used to impact students as a mentor providing online onsite academic advising and intervention strategies for student adjustment to university life with a focus on student retention, improved student graduation rates and increased enrollment of the Hispanic student population. She has completed graduate courses in Training and Development. 

To RSVP for this webinar please email or call Wendy or Jose in HR by Monday, September 9, 2019.  A room for this is in progress and will be emailed to those who RSVP and will be posted on the PD site.

If you can’t make it in person, click on the following link to watch this at your desk (be sure to use “Go2K” from the drop down menu and “Redwoods17” as the discount code upon checkout):

We hope to see you there!


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