What’s Dennis Reading? – 9/24/2014

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In Search of Bigfoot
by Frank J. McCloskey, Insight Into Diversity

McCloskey compares four distinct diversity and inclusion concepts to the myth of Bigfoot- theories that are often accepted at face value and passionately believed by diversity officers, practitioners, and organizational leaders, but ultimately contribute to the pitfalls of diversity and inclusion. These myths include: Myth #1– Developing a business case, having an enlightened CEO, naming a diversity officer, conducting organization-wide diversity training, and flooding the pipeline with employee groups historically underrepresented in the overall workforce and ranks of management will lead to eventual D&I success. Myth #2– An empirically driven D&I business case ensures broad management buy-in. Myth #3– White men are a problem and must be fixed in order for D&I initiatives to gain traction. Myth #4– Due to an ever-increasing multicultural, racially integrated, global society, future generational leaders will not struggle with racism.

Seven Dimensions of Wellness
by Amy Boyd Austin, Recovery Campus

Wellness is often misconstrued as simply healthy eating and exercising, however, it is comprised of your overall approach and mindset towards your health. There are seven dimensions of your wellness, including physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental, and diversity and social justice wellness. As you evaluate your own wellness and work toward greater balance in your life, remember that the seven dimensions are just a tool to guide you. It’s not as important to make sure you’ve “filed” each goal in the proper dimension as it is to be aware that wellness has many facets, all of which need attention.

Guest submission from Associate Director of Residential Learning Initiatives Hilary Lichterman

The Future of College?
by Graeme Wood, The Atlantic

Minerva is an accredited university with administrative offices and a dorm in San Francisco and plans to open locations in at least six other major world cities. The key to Minerva, what sets it apart most jarringly from traditional universities, is a proprietary online platform developed to apply pedagogical practices that have been studied and vetted by one of the world’s foremost psychologists, a former Harvard dean named Stephen M. Kosslyn, who joined Minerva in 2012. Ben Nelson, the 39-year-old CEO claims the first-year classes are intended to develop students “habits of mind” and “foundational concepts.”

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