STRAIGHT OUT OF CARSON: PUTTING THE ART IN BART
PRESENTERS: Laura Dorsey-Elson, Jaime Romo, Tara Victor, Angelica Rivera & Jack Lampl
California State University, Dominguez Hills students who attended
and/or were staff on the conference will also be invited to participate
FORMAT: Presentation Followed by Whole Group Discussion
In 2016, 2018 (Directed by Dr. Laura Dorsey-Elson) and 2019 (Directed by Rev. Dr. Jaime Romo), three group relations conferences were held on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), a four-year public university located in south central Los Angeles and among the most ethnically-diverse universities in the United States with a student population that is 64.3 percent Hispanic/Latino; 13.4 percent Black/African American, 8.5 percent White, 10.2 percent Asian or Pacific Islander, 0.1 percent American Indian, and 3.1 percent two or more races. Immigrant and visa students on this campus represent 100 countries.
In addition to gathering pre- and post-conference survey data on learning outcomes, student/alumni/civic engagement as well as experiences in diverse populations, these conferences investigated the utility of including alternative forms of creative expression to facilitate the primary task of member learning about authority relations, boundaries, role and task from a psychodynamic-systems perspective.
We propose to present these quantitative and qualitative data and to tie the data of our experience (from our respective roles) to the challenges and considerations of incorporating group relations conferences in today’s increasingly diverse public university context.