The Diversity Infusion Project, co-sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, was established in 2011. Consistent with Elon University’s unprecedented commitment to diversity and global engagement, the Diversity Infusion Project’s purpose is to develop and implement strategies to infuse the curriculum and pedagogies of the University with the best practices related to human diversity, broadly defined.
The Diversity Infusion Project provides grants to teams of 2 to 5 people. A team typically is comprised of faculty from the same department or program, but teams might include professional staff and/or students.
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Ayesha Delpish, Skip Allis, and Todd Lee
|General Statistics (MTH 112)|
|Department of Communications and El Centro||Vanessa Bravo and Sylvia Munoz||(COM)|
|Department of History and Geography||Charles Irons, Rod Clare, Clyde Ellis, Mary Jo Festle, Nancy Midgette||American History Survey (HST 120, 121, 122, 123)|
|Department of Education||Jeff Carpenter, Terry Tomasek, and Erin Home||Student Teaching Seminar (EDU 481)|
Department of Health and Human Performance
|Liz Bailey, Angela Owusu-Ansah, and Amanda Tapler||Perspectives in Personal and Global Health (GST)|
|Department of Communications||Phillip Motley, Amanda Sturgill, and Staci Saltz||Media Writing (COM 110), Digital Media Convergence (COM 220), and Web Publishing (COM 350)|
Department of Communications
Lee Bush, Amanda Gallagher,
Department of Human|
Pam Kiser, Philip E. Miller,|
and Sandra Reid
|The Art and Science|
of Human Services
|Department of Psychology||
and Linda Wilmhurst
and Senior Seminar
|Department of Psychology||
Meredith Allison, Kim Epting,|
Amy Overman, Gabie Smith
and Linda Wilmhurst
|Introduction to Psychology|
Department of Sport
Anthony G. Weaver
and Lamar Lee
|Sport & Event Management|
Each team works in two phases, supported by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and the Multicultural Faculty Fellow in both:
I) Phase I: The Research Phase (April-August 2012): During this phase, teams identify and articulate discipline-appropriate best practices for teaching and learning related to course content (i.e. the knowledges of various groups) and/or pedagogy (e.g. inclusive and evidence-based approaches to teaching). By the start of the fall semester, each team reports the results of its research and creates an action/assessment plan to deepen diversity content and/or pedagogy in specific courses during that academic year. The team shares the plan with its program/department, with CATL and Multicultural Center, and with the University community on a web site created by CATL and the Multicultural Center.
2) Phase II: The Infusion Phase (August 2012-May 2013): During this phase, teams pilot and assess their action plans. As this phase ends, and after consulting with their departmental colleagues, teams plan for modifications or extensions of their work based on the results of the assessment. Each team also writes a brief summary report (actions taken, assessment results, possible next steps in the department/program, and general recommendations) to be shared with their program/department, with CATL and Multicultural Center, and with the University community on a web site created by CATL and the Multicultural Center.
Each team receives $500 to use for project expenses, and each faculty team member receives a $1000 stipend (paid in equal parts at the completion of Phase I and Phase II). Team members also may apply separately for other funds (such as a CATL Faculty Travel Grant) to support related travel or other expenses.
Depending on the size of the teams, we anticipate that 5 to 7 teams will be funded in 2012-2013.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Teagle Foundation.
Each team must submit an application that includes:
Applications must be submitted to CATL (Belk Pavilion 101, 2610 CB, or pfelten@elon) each year by 5:00pm on the first Monday in March. Electronic submission of materials is encouraged. If you would like to consult with someone as you develop your application, please contact Crystal Anderson, Multicultural Faculty Fellow, or Peter Felten, Director of CATL.
An ad hoc faculty committee reviews all applications and selects the teams to be funded. Committee members include members of the Multicultural Center and CATL advisory committees. Funding announcements are made in early April.
Assessing Diversity Courses
Jack Meacham, State University of New York, Buffalo
This entry underscores the importance of tying assessment of diversity courses to the learning goals of the course. In three pages it offers a wide variety of practical assessment methods that could easily be immediately adapted to evaluate a diversity course. Includes a sample questionnaire.
Brigham Young University, David O. McKay School of Education
Resources on developing a multicultural curriculum.
Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence
University of California, Berkeley
This site is focused on improving the education of students whose ability to reach their potential is challenged by language or cultural barriers, race, geographic location, or poverty. CREDE promotes research by university faculty and graduate students and provides educators with a range of tools to help them implement best practices in the classroom. Of particular interest are the Five Standards for Effective Pedagogy and Learning.
Tools for Teaching: Diversity and Complexity in the Classroom: Considerations of Race, Ethnicity and Gender
Barbara Gross Davis, University of California, Berkeley
The following ideas, based on the teaching practices of faculty across the country and on current sociological and educational research, are intended to help faculty work effectively with the broad range of students enrolled in classes. From the hard copy book Tools for Teaching by Barbara Gross Davis; Jossey-Bass Publishers: San Francisco, 1993.
Indiana University, Bloomington
School of Education
Resources related to teaching related to race, ethnicity, gender, international students, sexual orientation, age, religion regionalism and learning disability.
Diversity Sites and Resources
List on online resources related to general diversity, various racial and ethnic groups, women’s studies, age, class, disability, and religion.