Ernst-Slavit makes a presentation at a Noche de Familia event
for prospective students and their families at WSU Vancouver.
(Photo by Laura Evancich)
PULLMAN, Wash. – To better prepare teachers and improve scholarship that extends to other cultures and languages, the College of Education (COE) has appointed Gisela Ernst-Slavit associate dean for diversity and international programs. It’s believed to be the first associate dean position of its kind at Washington State University.
“Diversity has always been a key piece for us,” said Mike Trevisan, COE dean. “But we had kind of lost our focus on it for a variety of reasons.”
‘Difference is an asset’
Ernst-Slavit has lunch with fourth graders in Nishino-
miya School District, Japan.
“I learned very quickly how difference can be viewed by many people as ‘less than,’ as if there is something missing,” she said. “But all my life, I’ve believed difference is an asset. Because of my diverse experiences, because I spoke three languages and because I could view the world from different perspectives, my life and career were enriched.
Diversity in service
Diversity in scholarship
Ongoing efforts a starting point
“There have been several, sustained efforts to participate in the global village, do research with colleagues in other countries, bring students and faculty from other universities abroad and send our own folks to study abroad,” she said.