Human Rights and Cultural Diversity Committee

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Mission Statement 

DCDT-Denver 2012 Human Rights & Cultural Diversity Strand

Members

Message from the Chair,

The Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) promotes and supports efforts to improve the quality of, and access to, career development and transition services for individuals with exceptionalities across the life span. Understanding that individuals with exceptionalities from culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse backgrounds experience unique circumstances in the transition process, the DCDT established the Human Rights and Cultural Diversity Committee (HRCD) to concentrate on these individuals’ career development and transition services.

As political pundits commented about the 2012 United States Presidential election, which Barack Obama won without winning the majority of the “White” vote, the United States has returned to its “melting pot” roots. In this melting pot individuals and cultures often assimilate and eventually lose their identities. However, in a “salad bowl,” individuals and cultures merge to form a collective whole, while retaining their identities. The HRCD committee exists in response to this salad bowl that includes individuals with exceptionalities from culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse backgrounds and in light of U. S. history that informs us that too many individuals from culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse backgrounds do not receive appropriate career development and transition services. Thereby, HRCD committee members: (a) collaborate with the Council for Exceptional Children and its special interest divisions to have career development and transition research and education included as a valued component in the education, educational planning, and services received by individuals with exceptionalities from culturally, linguistically, or economically diverse backgrounds receive; (b) champion research, specific to the career development and transition of individuals with exceptionalities from culturally, linguistically, or economically diverse background; and (c) serve as sources of outreach and advocacy through informing local, state, and national discussions and practices regarding the career development and transition of individuals with exceptionalities from culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse backgrounds.

HRCD committee members have been rejuvenated by the purpose to be useful, which entails efforts to have the HRCD committee recognized for its leadership and commitment to the career development and transition of individuals with exceptionalities from culturally, linguistically, or economically diverse backgrounds.

Above are links you can use to explore the HRCD committee. Upon exploration, if you would like to be a HRCD committee member, we invite and welcome your usefulness.

For more information please contact Chauncey D. Goff, Human Rights & Cultural Diversity Committee Chair.