Inclusion is the Key: Promoting Cultural Diversity through Historic Costume
The purpose of this teaching strategy was to assist students in understanding and valuing cultural diversity while completing a term project for a costume history course. Part I asked students to identify a culture that related to their heritage. They were then required to create a visual timeline of one particular garment or style that has re-emerged across the decades within the selected culture. Part II students were asked to identify links between the historic costume from part I to how this civilization influences dress and traditions today. For Part III, students were required to write an article about their findings that might be published in a popular journal or for a university student journal. They also presented to and discussed their findings with the class.This assignment fostered an inclusive attitude among students and gave students the opportunity to research and view visual images of different appearances and ethnicities.