Diversity & Inclusion Learning Community

multiDiversity & Inclusion Learning Community

Spring 2014 Pilot

What does it mean when we say that we want to be more literate in diversity and inclusion and how it connects to our teaching?

How can your interests and scholarship in this area be advanced and help your students advance too?

Are you interested in participating in intellectual discussion around issues of diversity and inclusion?

Are you already working confidently in this arena? Are you interested but aren’t sure how to proceed?

Three of your colleagues (Julian Portilla, Eric Ronis, and Adam Rosenblatt) have worked with the Provost’s Office to develop this opportunity for faculty. They brought insights and discoveries from their work with the Multicultural and Professional Development Committees, prior experience with faculty learning communities, and work with the Diversity Council to this process. Consistent with the framework that the College adopted with its revised strategic plan in 2010, when we are considering issues related to climate, intergroup relations, education and scholarship, we intentionally use a broad definition of diversity and inclusion that encompasses gender, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, age, class, size, etc. Any of these types of diversity and the related issues of power and dominance will be topics for discussion in this learning community.

A maximum of eight full-time faculty members, preferably cross divisional, can be accommodated for the spring 2014 semester. The learning community’s goal will be to foster intellectual discussion around issues of diversity and inclusion and their connections to our scholarship and our teaching.  Each participant will undertake a project that engages the group with topics of diversity or inclusion within our disciplines, our scholarship, or our teaching. The group will meet once or twice a month for a couple of hours to a) discuss a reading or prompt from one of its members and b) share our project work.

Participants would receive an additional $500 professional development funding in the next academic year (petitions for receiving funding in the current year will be considered if they are related to your project). Small experimentation grants may be available if your project requires some funding.  Each faculty member will present his/her project or experience to the faculty either during the Faculty Collaborative or prior to the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester.

Please submit a letter of interest to the Provost’s office by Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Your letter should describe why you are interested in participating, what you hope to gain from and contribute to the community, and an overview of your proposed project. Selections and the first meeting will be announced by Friday, January 10.

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