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YHC to Host Inaugural “Embracing Diversity” Education Workshop

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5237,

Young Harris College to Host Inaugural “Embracing Diversity” Education Workshop

 YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Young Harris College Division of Education will host the inaugural “Embracing Diversity” workshop on Saturday, April 6. The event showcases a recently developed institutional partnership between YHC and Spelman College and is designed for Teacher Preparation Program candidates and faculty members.
The interactive workshop will offer models for the effective engagement of diverse student populations. Topics will include diversity among special needs students, how socio-economic factors can impact student achievement and the use of technology to meet the needs of diverse learners.
“This workshop will encourage deep thinking about the impact of race, class, gender exceptionalities, culture, language and other factors on the teaching and learning process,” said Dean of the Division of Education, Chair of the Education Department and Professor of Education Bill Brown, Ed.D. “It will also establish connections so that candidates will communicate throughout the academic year to share strategies, insights and perspectives on addressing the impact of diversity in the schooling process.”
The public is invited to attend four workshop sessions at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. Union County Primary School teacher Jimmy Jo Gay will present “Special Needs” in Room 103, while YHC Adjunct Instructor of Education and Union County High School teacher Debbie Nichols will present “Using Technology to Embrace School Diversity in the 21st Century” in Room 105.
YHC Assistant Professor of Education Ashley Carr will present “Context and Education: Field Research in Nongovernment Schools in the Mathare Valley Slums of Nairobi, Kenya” in Room 109, and University of Georgia doctoral candidate Lauren Moret will present “Culturally Conscious School Leadership: Supervision, Classroom and Personal Practices” in Room 108.

This annual event will alternate between the YHC and Spelman College campuses. Many of the same topics will be studied next year, as well as new themes related to diversity such as international education.
“Defining diversity in the past usually related to only racial and ethnic characteristics. Today, the definition is much broader and includes issues ranging from behavioral disorders to English as a second language to special needs and other at-risk student populations in public school classrooms,” said Dr. Brown. “All of these topics will be components in our first seminar this year and in years to come.”
For more information about the workshop, contact (706) 379-5240.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit