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Reflection Paper and Capstone Project Guidelines

​​LEVEL I: GUIDELINES FOR FINAL REFLECTION

Objectives:
The purpose of this reflection journal paper is for you to reflect upon your experiences in the BUILD program, as well as the relationship of the workshops to your lives.  It is hoped that now that you’re nearing the end of the program you will integrate what you’ve learned with what you know and what you experience, becoming from this process, a diversity practitioner and thought leader. It is hoped that as you work through this process of reflection, you will then look at the What Next?, as you continue in your work.

Structure:
As you will see in the presentation, reflection formats differ depending upon learning styles.  However, for the most part, a reflection paper cites your reactions, feelings and analysis of an experience in addition to an analysis of content. In addition, this reflection will allow you to gain deeper understanding of your own values, goals, and actions in light of this program. This process will begin by your creation of your own mission statement.

Paper Requirements:
Length: The final paper should be approximately 7-10 pages long.
If you have gone to workshops that included readings, feel free to integrate those readings into your final reflection.  In addition, we hope that you will relate what the workshops had to offer to your observations of your environment and person—your work, your family, your society, yourself!  And then, we hope that this reflection will energize you to begin thinking of next steps in your diversity journey—what you would like to see, what you would like to do.
Have fun with this.  We hope that this will lead to your desire to complete a project and enroll in Level II of the BUILD program.​

LEVEL II: THE CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE

Purpose:
BUILD diversity certificate’s capstone project is the culminating experience in the program.  It is designed with the participant’s specific goals and the desire to directly apply what he or she has learned in the workshops to their work and personal lives.  In addition, the purpose of the capstone is to bring the participants’ life experiences into the learning process.
This capstone project allows students the opportunity to explore a problem or issue of particular personal or professional interest and to address that problem.  The project allows for the synthesis and application of knowledge and skills acquired through the BUILD workshops to real-life issues and problems.

Goals:
·         To provide participants with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired through the program to a specific problem or issue.
·         To allow participants to expand their learning into areas of personal interest, working with new ideas and issues, internal and/or external organizations, and individuals.
·         To encourage participants to think critically and creatively about diversity issues and to further develop their analytical and ethical leadership skills necessary to address and help solve issues of interest to them.

Outcomes:
DePaul’s commitment to diversity is evident through its history, tradition, and mission. Diversity continues to be an important goal of the last two strategic plans and operationalizing this commitment is evident by, among many other things, the creation of the BUILD program. Consistent with this mission and goals, participants of the capstone will:
·         Apply conceptual foundations of organizational diversity and best practices to a problem/issue of their choosing
·         Think critically
·         Communicate effectively
·         Display a commitment to social and ethical responsibilities
·         Display a commitment to leadership and service​

​​LEVEL II: PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BUILD CAPSTONE PROJECT

1.        Project Definition:  Provide a one or two sentence description that defines your project.  Save the specifics for the sections below; here, explain the big picture
2.       Project Setting:  Provide the location and the “where” of your project.  If it is appropriate, discuss any key agencies, departments, parties involved.  Is your project mainly analytical or investigative (e.g. analyzing an organization), or problem-solving (e.g. creating a diversity awareness project at your place of worship)?
3.       Project Rationale:  Why have you chosen this project?  What is the problem or opportunity you see in choosing this project?  What importance does this project have for you?  How will it exemplify the BUILD goals?
4.       Project Objectives:  What are your goals and outcomes for this project?  What, exactly are you going to acquire, accomplish, produce, and/or deliver?  Might there be specific and concrete measurable objectives/accomplishments (external and personal) intended of your project?
5.       Project Methodology:   How are you going to proceed?  What research must you do in order to complete your goals for your project?  Do you have a timeline?  What do you anticipate that will be?  Who might be resources for you in this project?  What do you need to learn before beginning?  What is your timeline?

Project Examples:
1.        Setting up diversity training for my place of worship.
2.       Research the various diversity programs at the Department of Aging.
3.       Create a brown bag lunch symposium for my unit regarding a specific topic of diversity.
4.       Research current diversity “best practices” in nursing.
5.       Write a grant application for a diversity project
6.       Analyze an existing diversity initiative
7.       Write a program evaluation

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