During April 2014 Sundee Proctor, a Clayton State University undergraduate secondary education student, and Dr. Mari Roberts, assistant professor of Teacher Education, attended and presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.
During the conference, Proctor presented a paper entitled, Bread and Circuses? The Short and Long-Term Influence of “The Diversity Course.”
The idea for the research originated in Dr. Roberts’ Exploring Sociocultural Perspectives of Diversity Class during the 2011 school year.
“In this course, we attempt to answer the question, ‘how can equity and excellence in education be achieved in a society in which, historically, the dominant culture has determined their meaning?’ through analysis, reflection, and close examination of systemic inequities,” comments Roberts.
The research was started in order to understand the effect of classes like these on participating students, what they take away from these classes, and how they apply them to their own classes.
Roberts explains that Proctor’s help has been invaluable, “Sundee was actually a very active member of the 2011 course. So, when she found out about the research, she volunteered to assist and continues to do so through the Clayton State Honors Program.”
Clayton State University’s Undergraduate Research Committee Grant, offered out of the Provost’s office, made their attendance possible. The grant’s purpose is to encourage faculty members to engage in active research that addresses the needs of the community with undergraduate students. The grant covered all of the trips expenses for both of the researchers.