CATL and the Multicultural Center Announce 2013-2014 Diversity Infusion Project grant recipients

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and the Multicultural Center announce the recipients of the 2013-2014 Diversity Infusion Project grants.

Kirsten Doehler and Laura Taylor, both of the Mathematics & Statistics department, will integrate diversity-related data into group projects to challenge student impressions about diversity in their STS/MTH 112 course.

Angela Owusu-Ansah, Joan Barnatt, and Jeff Carpenter, all from the School of Education, will work specifically with Elon’s Master of Education program to develop an international studies course that conducts service learning with a K-12 partner school in Costa Rica.  Additionally, they will develop pedagogies to be used in Educating Diverse Learners, an undergraduate education course.

Eric Hall and Steve Morrison will focus on expanding access to local speakers for Elon’s Gap Semester students as the group travels across the country honing leadership skills, participating in service learning activities, and gaining first-hand international experience.

Linda Niedziela and Srikripa Chandrasekaran, both of the Biology department, will design case studies and assess student understanding of human diversity across the globe in their Genetics and Topics in Biology courses.

Collaborating with both the Communications department and the General Studies program, Kat Rands and Julie Lellis will create an advanced course that allows students to achieve a better understanding of the role of communication in LGBTQ activism, gain new perspectives on sexual and gender diversity, and better understand the role of media in advocacy work.

Sophie Adamson, Olivia Choplin, Sarah Glasco, Ketevan Kupatadze, and Nina Namaste will work within the department of World Languages and Cultures to infuse diverse voices from the French and Spanish-speaking worlds into a variety of courses.

Toddie Peters, Steven Bednar, Ken Hassell, Amy Johnson, Tom Mould, and Amanda Sturgill will work to create two interdisciplinary courses to strengthen the new Poverty and Social Justice minor program.

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.  For more information and to see examples of past Diversity Infusion Projects, visit the CATL website at