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High Impact Practices (HIPs)

DGL as High Impact Practice

DGL Courses Include:

  • DGL Course Content (text and topic choices: if you assess DGL as GenEd, you have this)


  • A DGL "Real World" Project (something you design to engage students beyond the classroom)


  • Inclusive Teaching Practice (we simply ask that you are growing as an educator and applying inclusive best practices as you are able)

DGL projects and activities help students to learn course content and understand the backgrounds and lived experiences of others. Consider Inclusive Teaching Techniques as you lead DGL conversations (see Inclusive Teaching Tab).




Students work in group to create a presentation based on DGL research and discussion. Student present findings to local organization, or other college venues: Parley, EXPO, the Global Village.


Race Amity Project:

Select a video from the National Center for Race Amity YouTube channel. Watch the video with a partner, some one of a different race or ethnicity than yours. This partner can be a classmate, a neighbor, co-worker, or friend.

After watching, discuss the following:

WHAT:  What was the video about? What were the main points?

SO WHAT: What experiences have you had in the past with issues addressed? Why are these topics important to you? Why are they important to the college and community? Can you see any connections between the video and something you are learning in class or life? Is there any connection to your future or current career?

NOW WHAT: What application can you make to your personal, professional, civic, or college life? What will you do differently now? What would you like others to know?

Make sure to share your learning with others. You can do this at a Student Conference, or through PPSC’s virtual EXPO, or even at The Global Village.  


Freedom Forum:

Explore front pages of newspapers from all over the USA to investigate how different parts of the country are experiencing news. Could be a great tool for many projects and disciplines!

  • Look for 3 front page articles that report on the same event with significantly different viewpoints or biases. What impact might this have on the audience or community?


Dollar Street Project:

Select one of the poorest families in the world on the income scale. Read the family’s biography and view the photos. Answer the following questions: How does this compare to how you live? How would your life change if you lived like this family? What household items stand out to you? Compare those items to the same items in your home. Now, select one of the richest families in the world on the income scale. Read the family’s biography and view the photos. Answer the following questions: How does this compare to how you live? How would your life change if you lived like this family? What household items stand out to you? Compare those items to the same items in your home.

Immigration and Education Project:

Students read:  

"Me Talk Pretty One Day," David Sedaris

"I Want to Be Miss America," Julia Alvarez

NY Time article:

Discussion board prompt:

In "Me Talk Pretty One Day," David Sedaris certainly uses humor to deal with the challenges of living in a foreign country, but what are some of the real issues he faces as an immigrant student? How is Julia Alvarez's experience different, as described in "I Want to Be Miss America," and how are their experiences similar? While Native Americans are certainly not immigrants, what struggles do they have in common with immigrants? Where does your own concept of what immigrants and/or Native Americans face come from? Support your position with reason and evidence.

Thanksgiving Project:

First, read the articles:

The Thanksgiving Tale We Tell Is a Harmful Lie. As a Native American, I’ve Found a Better Way to Celebrate the Holiday

Before starting your post, read the texts carefully and annotate them. Then, read them again, and take a few minutes to think about what you’ve read. Then, write your response.  In your post, tell us what you think the main idea or thesis of each article is. Also include answers to the following questions:

1. What's the problem with "wearing culture as a costume" (cultural appropriation)?

2. What does "whitewashing" mean?

3. Why does Sean Sherman feel the often-repeated Thanksgiving story is "damaging" and "poisonous"?

3. What was your understanding of the holiday before reading these articles? Do you remember being taught about the Thanksgiving story in school? Did you learn something new from the reading?

Sociology of Diversity Project:

Story Analysis Project:

Cultural Comparison Project:

Multicultural Potluck Project:



Instructors should consider the following:

  • establishing ground rules that include participants' input
  • ensuring clarity of purpose
  • potential for triggers and conflict
  • time allotted for facilitating and debriefing
  • group dynamics, including varying backgrounds and experiences


                                             Students presenting their painting project in Humanities class -- Julan Shirwod Nueva CC BY-SA 4.0 

Resources for Culturally Relevant HIPs

  • California’s English Learner Roadmap Principles Overview
  • Gay, G. (2000) Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice, Teachers College Press.
  • Ginsberg, M. B., Wlodkowski, R. J. (2015). Diversity and Motivation: Culturally Responsive Teaching in College. Germany: Wiley.
  • Muñiz, J. “The ‘Rigor Gap’ Affects English Learners, New Study Finds”External link opens in new window or tab.New America (2019), accessed October 2022.
  • Muñiz, J. “Culturally Responsive Teaching A 50-State Survey of Teaching Standards”External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)New America (2019), accessed October 2022.
  • Sharroky, H. Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning-Classroom Practices for Student Success, Shell Education (2017).
  • Snyder, S., Fenner, D. S. (2021). Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners: Tools for Equity. United States: SAGE Publications.
  • Stembridge, A. (2019). Culturally Responsive Education in the Classroom: An Equity Framework for Pedagogy. United States: Taylor & Francis.
  • Zaretta Hammond, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, Corwin (2015).

Videos, Books, and Glossary

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Access PPCC's subscription to more than 25,000 streaming videos available 24/7. PPCC login required for off-campus access.

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  • Skin Deep -- chronicles the eye-opening journey of a diverse and divided group of college students as they awkwardly but honestly confront each other's racial prejudices.

  • Chasing Heroin  A searing, two-hour investigation places America’s heroin and opioid crisis in a fresh and provocative light — telling the stories of individual addicts, but also illuminating the epidemic’s years-in-the-making social context, deeply examining shifts in U.S. drug policy, and exploring what happens when addiction is treated like a public health issue, not a crime.
  • Living Old  With 35 million elderly people in America, “the old, old” — those over 85 — are now considered the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population.
  • Poor Kids  Through the stories of three families told over the course of half a decade, FRONTLINE explores what poverty means to children in America.

  • Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs a Champion Rita Pierson was an educator in K-12. The video is meant to highlight some of the barriers that students from low-income families face and also serves as a reminder of why we became educators---in most cases it was to make a difference.
  • Bobby Lefebre: Social Worker  Video is meant to highlight some of the barriers that teens from low-income families face, to include environmental factors.
  • Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen! When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur.
  • Mellody Hobson: Color Blind or Color Brave?nbsp;The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail." But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring -- makes for better businesses and a better society.
  • Clint Smith: How to Raise a Black Son in America  As kids, we all get advice from parents and teachers that seems strange, even confusing. This was crystallized one night for a young Clint Smith, who was playing with water guns in a dark parking lot with his white friends. In a heartfelt piece, the poet paints the scene of his father's furious and fearful response.
  • Victor Rios: Help for Kids the Education System Ignores Rita Pierson was an educator in K-12. The video is meant to highlight some of the barriers that students from low-income families face and also serves as a reminder of why we became educators---in most cases it was to make a difference.
  • Sayu Bhojwani: How Immigrant Voices Make Democracy Stronger  In politics, representation matters -- and that's why we should elect leaders who reflect their country's diversity and embrace its multicultural tapestry, says Sayu Bhojwani. Through her own story of becoming an American citizen, the immigration scholar reveals how her love and dedication to her country turned into a driving force for political change. "We have fought to be here," she says, calling immigrant voices to action. "It's our country, too."
  • Brene Brown: Listening to Shame Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.



  • Unequal Opportunity Race Highlights various social justice issues such as structural discrimination, affirmative action, prison to school pipeline, etc.
  • America’s Most Livable City --- Jasiri X  Video deals with poverty and gentrification to include the disconnect that can sometimes exist between the larger community and impoverished and marginalized populations.
  • Black Lives Matter: How a Hashtag Defined a Movement  In this exclusive interview, the three founders of #BlackLivesMatter sat down with documentary filmmaker Sabrina Schmidt Gordon to discuss the origin of the hashtag, and their vision about the movement for Black lives.
  • OverCriminalized • Alternatives to Incarceration OverCriminalized profiles three promising and less expensive alternatives to incarceration that may actually change the course of people’s lives. It’s time to roll back mass criminalization and focus on what works




  • eBooks(EBSCO) -- Thousands of books on diversity-related topics. You can read online or download titles.
  • PPCC Catalog -- Search for hard copy titles at either Centennial or Rampart campuses.





graphic of ways 'everyone fits togehter in an inclusive education classroom'

Lathan, J. (n.d.). 4 proven inclusive education strategies for educators (Plus 6 helpful resources).


Inclusive Learning at PPSC Embodies:

Awareness, Sensitivity and Mutual Respect

Recognize the vast diversity of cultures, thought, and social systems on a local and global level.


Critical Thinking

Analyze and shape how your experiences, perspectives, values, and assumptions affect your interaction with the world


Engaging Diversity in the Classroom

Gain the real-world skills and knowledge necessary to engage in various multicultural settings.



Explore similarities with different cultures through community buildings, inter-cultural communication and global learning.]


Cultural Humility (20 minute video)
Brett Kuwada, Psy.D., explains cultural humility. Key concepts: life long learning and critical self reflection, recognize and challenge power imbalances, institutional accountability, and empathy and compassion.

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Director of HIPs

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