The Role of Cultural Introspection in College Teaching
Edited By Susan Diana Longerbeam and Alicia Fedelina Chávez
Chapter Twenty-Five: Reflecting into the Future
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CHAPTER TWENTY - FIVE
Reflecting Into THE Future
SUSAN DIANA LONGERBEAM & ALICIA FEDELINA CHÁVEZ
I continue to learn from the lessons of my family and realized through cultural introspection that most of my teaching originates from the lessons of my family. … I am continually discovering underlying lessons and experiences of my cultures and family through introspection and through the catalyst of working with a diversity of students as people, learners, and professionals. This is a sacred responsibility and humbling reality of teaching. Through teaching, we ripple out through generations.
—ALICIA FEDELINA CHÁVEZ
As an educator, I seek to deepen cultural understanding. I want for students the truth I lacked, so they will know from whence they come. The process of understanding this historical context has been a long one and will continue throughout my life. Uncovering a dominant culture that was presumed the only relevant one is complex, but with help from mentors, with education, and with courage, I am getting to the heart of the artichoke, my cultures of origin. Now I want to offer students a pathway to wisdom, authenticity, and well-being.
—SUSAN DIANA LONGERBEAM
When we reflect into the future, we share a vision and we have some dreams. We envision creating a higher education culture of belief in students and the strengths they bring with them to learning. We dream of a time when...
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