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Faculty Learning Community on Multiculturalism and Equity
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE AN EXPERT—ALL LEVELS OF EXPERTISE WELCOME
Are you committed to developing pedagogical strategies that will reach our diverse students? Are you interested in learning how to center diversity in your course content and how this can improve student learning for all students? Are you skilled in one area (e.g., gender) but longing to further develop your curriculum so that it “speaks” to students across race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, class and age?
The Faculty Learning Community for Multiculturalism & Equity (FLCME) will be comprised of faculty who share a high level of commitment to engaging multiple dimensions of diversity/multiculturalism in their curricula and pedagogical strategies. The goal of this FLC is for faculty to learn the benefits of the multicultural course and classroom for all students and to study, develop and share new content and pedagogies that will center diversity, promote multiculturalism, and thus further academic excellence, retention and equity.
Members of this FLC will join together to make interventions in their course approaches based on centering diversity and understanding the positive impact of such an approach for student development. This FLC will develop and share related materials, exercises and practices to further add to the evolving repository for faculty development in this area. This FLC will gather in seminars and workshops, followed by a retreat early in the spring to assess where we are, plan for implementation, and continue working on curricular/pedagogical change with guidance from workshops this spring.
FLC members agree to share the results of their work with samples and ideas for curricular/pedagogical change in a symposium sponsored by the Faculty Center in April 2013.
Who May Apply?
Any faculty member of any rank from any discipline who articulates a clear desire to engage in multicultural education tied to goals of equity and academic excellence and is willing to commit to the required activities. Up to 6 individuals will be selected.
What will we do?
This FLC will be a work/study group that will engage in reading/study/workshops and curricular change focused on key dimensions of multicultural education—race/ethnicity/nationality/gender/class/sexual orientation with some attention to age/ability/veteran status. Members will:
• Attend seminars/workshops
• Attend a mid/year retreat
• Engage a curricular/pedagogical project for presentation at year-end symposium
• Report on their activities to the Faculty Center
• Contribute final project and any related references to the Repository for Multiculturalism and Educational Equity (an evolving resource for faculty).
Faculty who meet these requirements will be awarded a $500 stipend at the end of the academic year upon completion of project activities. They will also be recognized at the Teaching Symposium and invited to lead a future Faculty Center workshop sharing their knowledge if they wish to do so.
To apply, fill out the attached application and submit a brief statement that explains your interest, goals, and current areas of related expertise, along with why you want to join the this FLC.
Applications are due by October 5th and should be submitted electronically to email@example.com, Those chosen to participate will be notified by October 20th.
For more information or questions, please contact the Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Multiculturalism, Dr. Sharon Elise, Professor of Sociology.
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