Diversity Development in Teaching: Call for Faculty Participants
The Diversity Advisory Council at Lehman College of the City University of New York serves as an advisory board to President Fernández with a goal to address diversity and inclusion issues in the classroom and on campus. The Culturally Relevant Teaching through Universal Design for Learning Project is an initiative of Goal 1 of Lehman College’s Strategic Plan for Faculty Diversity. This project aims to foster a campus-wide climate that respects and values diverse perspectives, identities and also provide a remarkable sense of belonging which all members of the community can equally experience.
Interested faculty members are invited to participate in a semester-long project that targets and supports faculty and student development in relation to the educational and instructional needs of the diverse and underrepresented students on the campus, including:
- Students who are racially and ethnically diverse
- Students with disabilities
- Culturally diverse students
- English Language Learners
- Students with different learning styles
The selected Faculty members will be expected to work with experts and two of their current students who have agreed to collaborate to improve practices that will meet the needs of diverse students. Changes may include pedagogical approaches, assessment redesign, and course/ activity redesign.
This project consists of three key areas of research that have been found to have a positive effect on learning: Culturally Relevant Teaching (CRT), Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and Cogenerative Dialogue (Cogen).
CRT is defined as using the cultural characteristics, experiences, and perspectives of diverse students as conduits for teaching them more effectively.
UDL applies principles from neuroscience and architecture to learning with the goal of building multiple entry points into the initial design to meet the needs of all of learners.
Cogens are conversations with faculty, students, and administrators that are geared toward creating agreed upon measures to improve the learning environment, while holding participants involved in them accountable for actualizing the desired outcomes.
On February 28th 2014, from 9:30am- 3:00pm, selected faculty and the two student collaborators will be asked to participate in a kickoff seminar. The seminar will include presentations by experts on each of the three key areas followed an opportunity to lay the foundation for future work. After the initial seminar, the same selected faculty and the two student collaborators will be asked to meet in small, facilitated groups three more times over the course of the semester. In August 2014, all groups from the initial seminar will gather again for a final seminar where the results of the work completed will be shared.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the February 28 seminar. Light refreshments will be provided at all the facilitated small group follow-up meetings. All development materials and support from experts will be provided over the course of the semester.
This project is sponsored by the CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund
and the Bringing Theory To Practice Project.
If you are interested, please contact Jessica Bacon or Gillian Bayne by Monday February 24, 2014 along with the names of the two interested student collaborators.
* All participants are welcome. If you need accommodations please call (Jessica Bacon at 718-960-7823).
Last modified: Feb 18, 2014